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Weekly Addresses: Economy, Military Cuts [VIDEO]

 President Barack Obama says the U.S. doesn’t have to choose between growing the economy and shrinking the deficit.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says no American who works full time should live in poverty. He’s asking Americans to support his proposals to raise the minimum wage, pass comprehensive immigration reform and incentivize companies to create jobs in the U.S.

He says education, job training and benefits for the elderly shouldn’t be sacrificed even as the government seeks spending cuts to reduce its future debt.

In the Republican address, Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama says Congress must protect the military from devastating cuts by averting the automatic spending cuts set to hit on March 1.

She says Obama and Democrats want to use the so-called sequester to raise taxes.

“There is a smarter way to reduce the size of government than to slash defense spending, threaten national security and hurt military families,” she says, accusing the president and Congressional Democrats of holding up legislation that would replace the sequester.  She adds that President Obama would like to “push through another tax increase,” while “using the military he leads as leverage in an ideological crusade for higher taxes.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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