Washington (CNN) – White House senior adviser David Plouffe stressed the need to “jumpstart” the economy Sunday while touting President Obama’s American Jobs Act during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
The American Jobs Act would have a profound impact on the economy right now,” he said.
“The economy is far too weak and needs a jumpstart.”
“We can act right now, or we can not act right now,” Plouffe said. “If we act right now, it will be part of strengthening the economy.
When faced with skepticism from economist Mark Zandi that the plan will not do enough and could leave the economy in the same place in 2015, Plouffe argued that if immediate action is not taken, “The economy is going to be in a deeper hole.”
And he said the kind of action presented in the president’s $447 billion plan is long overdue.
“The American people understand that it took us a long time to get to this point and it’s going to take a long time to get out … and for the middle class, this wasn’t just about what happened in 2008 and the great recession.”
“For the longest time they’ve seen their wages stagnate. They have fallen farther and farther behind,” Plouffe said.
“The American people can’t wait for action.”
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