November 7th, 2012
02:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama telephones Republican, Democratic legislative leaders

(CNN) - President Barack Obama telephoned key congressional leaders on Wednesday, including the top Republican in both the House and Senate, an Obama official told reporters traveling with the president.

He placed the calls "to talk about the legislative agenda for the remainder of the year" and discuss the message that he believed voters sent on Tuesday, according to a statement on the calls provided to the reporters.

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Obama called House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, as well the top-ranking Democrats on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, it read.

"The President reiterated his commitment to finding bipartisan solutions to: reduce our deficit in a balanced way, cut taxes for middle class families and small businesses and create jobs," the statement said. "The President said he believed that the American people sent a message in yesterday's election that leaders in both parties need to put aside their partisan interests and work with common purpose to put the interests of the American people and the American economy first."

Congress will remain divided between the two parties in the next session, with Republicans retaining control of the House and Democrats holding onto the Senate.

The most pressing issue facing Washington in the lame duck session of Congress is the fiscal cliff, a series of spending cuts and tax hikes set to go into effect in the new year. The package, known as "the sequester," was put in place as an incentive and consequence for the so-called "super committee," to reach an agreement on $1.2 trillion in federal budget deficit reduction over a decade.

But the committee failed a year ago this month, and since then the two parties have been at a stalemate, primarily over whether new revenue – tax increases – should accompany spending reductions.

Reid, a Democrat, said Wednesday morning that "compromise is not a dirty word."

"It is better to dance than to fight. It is better to work together," he said at a news conference. "Everything doesn't have to be a fight. Everything doesn't have to be a fight. That is the way its been the last couple of years. Everyone should comprehend, especially my Senate friends, that legislation is the art of compromise. It is consensus building."

Boehner will speak Wednesday afternoon on the fiscal cliff, his office said.


Filed under: 2012 • Harry Reid • John Boehner • Mitch McConnell • Nancy Pelosi • President Obama
soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. SAMMY

    tELEPHONED LEADERS????????? 1st time he talked to the other side in 9 months. This guy is a socialist bum. God help our great country

    November 7, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Archer

    I am sure they were all ears. What a waste. Get that last part about compromise from Reid who has not passed a budget in over 1000 days and has laid waste to everything from the House. That like throwing seeds on concrete.

    November 7, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. SAMMY

    Obama is just a plain liar. "you know you can trust me"

    November 7, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. SAMMY

    merry Christmas

    November 7, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    @ Sniffit

    Anyone wanna guess how long we have to wait to see another POTUS candidate stupidly refuse to release numerous years of tax returns?
    --–
    I was thinking the same thing but there won't be anyone else with the baggage Willard carries, so this won't be an issue.

    November 7, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. Lives in the Buckeye state

    Let's just stop already. Here we go with the name calling, tounge – lashing again. The election is over. I do hope I'm wrong with my earlier post about having fear nothing is going to get done over the next four years. As The Real Tom Paine said, Romney gave a great cocession and called for unity. The President said in his victory speech he was looking forward to calling Romney and being able for the two to sit down and discuss ideas for the future of the country. It's been a bloody election and politics is a bloody game.

    I'll admit I did cast my ballot for Romney and am still a little disappointed about the outcome. As goes the music I guess. I do think it would be wise for the President to lean on Governor Romney and use some of his advice. Hell do some photo ops together, form a committee together, show some unity to the American people.

    Lastly, for those who'll continue to gloat victory and for those who'll continue to cry sour grapes in defeat, the wonderful thing is we get to do this every 4 years.

    God Bless America,
    John D "Lives in the Buckeye State"

    November 7, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. rocky5

    Can we all just get a long. Stop all the hate out there he is for every one not just one party .& I love him to be the president for every boudy not one side he is a man of god & he love all people .

    November 7, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Jessica

    Hello, Whine-One-One?

    I need a WHAAAMBULANCE dispatched to my location immediately!

    Where are we located?

    We are located at Foxcon News,
    please send multiple WHAAAMBULANCES....

    November 7, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. Pete

    Just remember republicans who started this mess and who continued it with your idol in Mitch McConnell stating his only job would be making Pres.Obama a one term president,having troubles remembering republicans because most intelligent democrates and others do!!And how they had record filibusters and voted to overturn the ACA bill over 34 times ,look up the congressional minutes on Google its there!!You republicans are great at denying everything till its shoved in your face or spoon fed to you fact wise and you're as good at buck passing aren't yah!!Ask McCain and others how he railed against the vets jobs bill and walked away from the table on the farmers relief bill ,don't remember either because its written accordingly congressional wise and you thought you could lie your way out of it,typical republicans ,if it works you take credit even if it ain't your idea but if it fails like Romney or Gingrich than pass the buck its easier!!

    November 7, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Anthony

    Sorry Obamacide, you have it all wrong. The fiscal cliff is the automatic spending cuts both parties agreed to that will be the biggest single-year reduction of the deficit since 1969, because Bush's tax cuts and the doc fix will expire. However, it will suck more than 500 billion out of the economy and create an immediate depression. No matter how much Republican leaders hate Obama's guts, they still want to retire in this country. You can rant and throw hissy fits all you want. Republican leaders may have to cater to people like you, but they are not stupid or suicidal.

    November 7, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. nitromays

    @freedom your man lost so stop being bitter and suck it up and take take it like a man, or just plain and simply suck it.

    November 7, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. Data Driven

    Waste of time. Mr. President, did you hear McConnell today? Just rule by executive fiat as much as practicable.

    November 7, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. Mitt RobMe

    Well I see that now that the election is over, the haters have just gone back to hating.

    November 7, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. nitromays

    i know its all over but there is something i want to ask. If Chris Christie was the republican golden child and everyone in the GOP wanted him, what is it that he knew about Mitt that he would not sign on to that ticket?

    November 7, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. smashcat

    Bitter, angry, Chicken Little Repubs make me laugh. This is one of the reasons why you lost. Again.

    November 7, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  16. Nameandy

    Please stop dividing the country ... This applies to both dems and repubs. We need to work together. The election is over.

    November 7, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Satan

    A country divided, this place is going to hell in a hand basket

    November 7, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. yasmine

    Sniffit, freedom and truth.. go sit in a corner ... and suck it up... the LIAR was your candidate.. the CHEAT was your candidate... the empty suit was YOUR candidate....

    Its over.. my recommendation... take a free yoga class.. and release your inter-demons.. and make sure Koch and Rove paying you well.. becuz will all the hateful, misleading post.. you've made since the campaign.. you deserve to get the money promised to you..............

    4 ............................more........................years!

    November 7, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. The Unsub

    for once hate lost

    November 7, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. Samantha

    I can honestly say i have never encountered so many pessimistic whiny people in my life. do the rest of the country and i a favor, and get over it! the election is over . you cant change what happened . Obama won popular and electoral votes . so please do us a favor and stop dividing the nation ! its interesting that republicans are the first to say "democrats are dividing the nation ," but choose to ignore what they are doing and saying themselves . so stop being hypocritical . we are one nation . i repeat one nation . nobody is saying you have to like Obama . you dont have to agree with him . but seriously stop degrading him ! he is the president of the UNITED states . but if youre that pissed or disappointed , nobody is saying you have to stay in the country . im sure you could go find a country where everyone has only one opinion , and it matches yours . but since we here in America are allowed to have differing opinions without feeling like we'll be attacked because of them , stop being so rude to others ! and before you choose to spew lies, do everyone a favor and fact check/research first . its amazing how both Romney and Obama call for unity , and there are still republicans that want gridlock , just because they dont agree or like the president . news flash , your guy wont always win . time to grow up and move on . so in simple terms , get over it , move on , and stop whining .

    November 7, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. clarke

    They all better work together or the people will speak again in 2014. Show the people of the US that you want to keep your jobs, with good pay and nice perks, that we the people pay for. All the people pay, no matter party line. race, color or greed.

    November 7, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  22. Richard in Houston

    I still am I shock and aw that ohio and minnisota reelected boehner and bachmann. Just absolutely amazing.

    November 7, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  23. Karl

    Wow, what a shocker, republicans already whining and complaining. No matter what he does, they'll find something to bash him with. They won't give a chance, and they can't say "he had a chance for 4 years" because republicans have been fighting and criticizing him all along. This is exactly why we can't make progress and work together. Bi-partisanship doesn't exist in the GOP vocabulary. I guess they are still stewed over the election.

    November 8, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  24. AJ FROM TEXAS

    Name calling needs to stop young people said ha-ha to all partisan views. This country needs unity if you dont like it move to Canada's great economy, or go to Europe im sure you can work over there with no problem. Get a grip on reality what matters is jobs, unity, and a bipartisan agenda. We need success in america not failure. Get your mind off the election it's over. Get your mind on what you can do as a american, to be a better member of society and moving this country forward. What happened to the great thinkers of this country where are the engineers at, we need new ideas, new hope, new technology, and new ways to be ahead of the world thats what makes us american. I am a texan and i believe if we go for the top spot in the world we can be at the top spot in the world, and MADE IN AMERICA will mean something again.

    November 8, 2012 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  25. Justin

    It's just a media ploy...smoke and mirrors.

    November 8, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
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