September 9th, 2009
07:59 PM ET
5 years ago

President plans to invite centrist Dems to White House tomorrow

(CNN)–Two senior officials tell CNN the president is planning to invite centrist Senate Democrats to the White House tomorrow to immediately try to get the key fence-sitters into a room and try to start working them. CNN has also learned Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel met with more than a dozen of these centrist Democraic senators on the Hill this afternoon, including Evan Bayh and Ben Nelson.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Jon in CA

    Gee is THIS the Bi-Partisanship Obama talks about so much???

    Inviting DEMOCRATS to the White House ... those who are sitting on the fence and need some arm-twisting??

    Obama = One Big Azzz Mistake America

    September 9, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. LacrosseMom

    Good...... President Obama has to keep reaching out to the party of NO. The GOP is once again on the wrong side of history. GOP does not get it. They were wrong about.........

    Medicaid
    Medicare
    CIVIL RIGHTS
    The Voting Act
    SCHIP
    Unemployment benefits
    Minimum Wage
    etc., etc.

    The Huffington Post reported that Blue Cross Blue Shield USED patient premiums to fund ............ $35 MILLION in BONUSES! This on the backs of the sick. SHAME on BCBS!

    September 9, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. Post always rejected by CNN

    Tell those blue dog republicans posing as democrats THIS IS THEIR LAST CHANCE....and brother the public is going to be out for their seats, you betcha.

    September 9, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Time to lay down the law to them Mr. President. Once CNN get their hands on the polls and see how many people want reform and a public option, they'll have to be swayed or they'll be out of office next year.

    September 9, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. Jackson in NY

    I like Obama he seems like a nice guy and all but frankly, he's much too shady to be president.

    September 9, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. Mike in MN

    This is where the are twisting and knee cap breaking will occur. Blue Dogs are dead men walking. They either get killed by Obama and the parties liberal left. Or they get killed by their voters back home if they support what Obama and the liberal left want them to support. Dead Blue Dogs walking.

    September 9, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. Dave in Illinois

    I hope he does better with them than on TV. His opening lines reiterating how he saved the nation from the banking crises and averted a depression with the stimulus bill left my finger firmly pressing the off switch.

    September 9, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. Won't work.....

    HealthCare is going down....no socialism in the USA.......

    September 9, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  9. victim of republican greed

    Lord Boustaney had been sued for malpractice three times.

    September 9, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Good job Mr president. Your speech was well tailored and superbly delivered

    September 9, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. wilson

    Good job Mr president. Your speech was well tailored and superbly delivered

    September 9, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. Post always rejected by CNN

    Well these "centerist" democrats saw what happened to Wilson, he had to take down his website and it won't end there. So they better get on board. Most of America wants this health care bill, the press has given most of the play to the republicans. but they ought to start telling it like it is.

    September 9, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. Ryan indy

    Why hasnt he invited the Republican Leadership to the Whitehouse to discuss Healthcare since APRIL.... Let me repeat people its Been APRIL and you democrats called Bush parisian......You people really are comical.....Obama's idea of Bi-Partisian is I say something and the Republicans do it or they are either undeducated on the issue or racist......Sorry Dems , republicans and America will not take this bill sitting down.

    September 9, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  14. Guss M Hund

    Well done Mr President we all need to hear this I think it iwas time for some one set the record stright.

    Thank you

    September 9, 2009 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  15. wayne

    obama as moderate he still has not convinced me a working person who is going to pay for the health care plan- the republicans please lets get real the elite as you know are all the politicians and the rich the have 100% health coverage and are protected by fed. law so they and there families will no go without. NO MR.OBAMA take your oil and redo it

    September 10, 2009 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  16. William, K

    God bless the president and long live america

    September 10, 2009 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  17. aletaj

    Mr. President,
    I'm so glad you are focused enough to keep "we the people" in mind. Don't mind the flax from those that are motivated by other agendas contrary to the common good. I thank you and you have my prayers for protection and the favor of God. Love ya.
    Aleta

    September 10, 2009 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  18. JUlrich FRichers

    Obama's speech was great , but months too late. He certainly can Talk the Talk, but will he Walk the Walk?

    He should have started with a single payer healthe care system, as many developed countries have, and emphasise that these countries cover everybody at a much lower costs.

    I am a small business owner and insure all of our employees and their families. Our healthcare cost have increased by 15%every year by reduces services, and higher out=of=pocket expenses.

    The Republic should be ashamed. No message of hope, decency, togetherness. They have become a destructive, and definately do not serve the public..

    September 10, 2009 12:51 am at 12:51 am |