Obama trumpets jobs plan in Silicon Valley

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — The debate over how to jumpstart the economy has moved to Silicon Valley, where the president and Republican leaders are taking to the Internet to trumpet their agendas and win over young voters.

After a series of fundraisers, Obama is headlining a town-hall-style meeting Monday hosted by professional networking site LinkedIn. Later, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, of Virginia, plans a similar event at Facebook.

The visits spotlight how important social media is in the run up to the 2012 election. They also reinforce the value placed on the high tech sector in growing the economy.

And, in a time of acrimony in Washington, the appearances reflect an attitude shared by many business leaders in Silicon Valley that pragmatism matters more than partisanship when it comes to fixing the economy.