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Obama again pushes stimulus in prime-time

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he's certain that unless Congress quickly approves a massive stimulus, the economic crisis will deepen as will the pain felt by millions of Americans.

In his primetime news conference, the president conceded the plan "is not perfect" but that bold, quick action is needed to prevent turning "a crisis into catastrophe."

Obama says the recession has so weakened the economy only the federal government can jolt it back to life.

The president rejected criticism that the emphasis on federal action is too great. He said 90 percent of the jobs created by the plan would be in the private sector, rebuilding crumbling roads, bridges and other aging infrastructure.

He says his bottom line is to make sure that 4 million jobs are saved or created.

The president spoke with reporters after the Senate advanced its $838 billion version of the stimulus toward a final vote as early as tomorrow.

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