Obama Touts Ties With Latin America; GOP Touts State Flexibility

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (May 4, 2013)--As he wrapped up a trip to Mexico and Costa Rica, President Barack Obama followed up in his weekly radio and Internet message Saturday, saying that deepening economic ties with the Americas means more jobs in the United States.

Boosted by reassuring jobs numbers, Mr. Obama called for greater trade and economic cooperation with the U.S.'s southern neighbors, arguing that economic prosperity is the best antidote to drug and gang violence and, by extension, to the illegal immigration that the U.S. is seeking to control.

For the Republicans North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Washington needs to allow states more flexibility, independence and accountability and called on Mr. Obama to show more leadership.

He argued that Washington should learn from Republican governors on how to make government work efficiently.

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