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Sen. DeMint calls for "jobs, not speeches"

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina released a biting video Wednesday explaining why he'll observe a one-man boycott of President Barack Obama's address to Congress tonight.

Set against spacey background music, DeMint's 90-second video has rapid-fire clips reporting dismal economic news and seeks to turn Obama's soaring rhetoric against him.

The last half of the video plays part of Obama's remarks Feb. 17, 2009, as he signed the $787 economic-stimulus bill into law.

"The America Recovery and Reinvestment Act that I will sign today ... is the most sweeping economic-recovery package in our history," Obama said.

As Obama is heard promising that the stimulus plan would create or save 3.5 million jobs over two years, a bold red line moves across the screen showing the rising unemployment rate since then.

The video displays the phrases "BAD PROJECTIONS," FAILED POLICIES" and "BROKEN PROMISES" as Obama speaks. It ends with the admonition: "AMERICA NEEDS JOBS, NOT SPEECHES."

DeMint said in a news release that he would spend Thursday evening meeting with Boeing executives and workers at the firm's new jet-manufacturing plant in North Charleston, S.C.

"I'm excited to meet with folks in South Carolina who are creating jobs and moving our economy forward, not just talking about it," DeMint said.

The senator criticized the National Labor Relations Board, which he claims Obama has stocked with pro-union members, for trying to block Boeing from operating the factory in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, over allegations of union-busting in Washington state.

The other seven members of South Carolina's congressional delegation said they would attend Obama's address.