Obama invites GOP senators to dinner
March 6th, 2013
10:31 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama invites GOP senators to dinner

(CNN) - The group of GOP senators that President Barack Obama invited to dinner Wednesday will include some of his harshest critics, including the top senators pressing him for more information on the September attack in Benghazi, Libya.

A GOP source provided the list of invitees to CNN. The senators are Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, John McCain of Arizona, Dan Coats of Indiana, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Mike Johanns of Nebraska, Pat Toomey Pennsylvania, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and John Hoeven of North Dakota.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    Obama will never stop trying to get his way.
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    All he did was invite them to dinner. Apparently, that's a major problem. Must be bad for the image. Republicans would be fools to turn down the invitation. Let's see how it spins out. I think it is a win-win for Pres. Obama.

    March 6, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    I say feed the gop bafoons some crow !!!

    March 6, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Dan

    How dare he invite them to dinner. Then he'll probably use logical thinking and openly discuss issues. Impeach him for reaching across the aisle!

    March 6, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Chris

    Bet Obama kicks them out after 7 minutes like he did the last time they met. Can't get much done in 7 minutes, but it's not Obama's goal to get anything done if it's not his way.

    March 6, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Babyboomer

    Can anyone tell me if the media reported when Bush invited the Dems to the WH like they have here? Honestly, I don't remember if they did and I just missed it or it didn't happen much or maybe it was just NO BIG DEAL...

    March 6, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Boo

    This sounds like a fun evening.......

    March 6, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. lottie

    hey invite McConnell he can do the Harlem shake. Can you imagine the noise if the presidents people had put up a campaign ad like that? Lets see if the repos will once again show their class and stiff the president. I think they should all get thrown out. Repos the party of No and that includes class and manners.

    March 6, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Since Republicans/Tea Partiers always preach budget cuts and austerity, their dinner should reflect something the poor on food stamps eat: hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, one vegetable, and no dessert.

    March 6, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. ThinkAgain: We don't have a spending problem; we have a Republican problem.

    @Rick McDaniel: "Obama will never stop trying to get his way."

    What's your problem with democracy? A majority of voters elected President Obama TWICE! In 2012, Democrats in the House received more votes than Repubs, who lost seats and only retained their majority through districting. Senate Democrats retained their majority.

    Speaking of majorities, 67% of American millionaires and billionaires WANT to pay more taxes (Wall Street Journal/Spectrum Group poll – look it up). Why is it that Repubs and "tea" types don't get that?

    So I ask you again: What is it about democracy, Rick, that you don't get?

    March 6, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. ThinkAgain: We don't have a spending problem; we have a Republican problem.

    @Chris: "Bet Obama kicks them out after 7 minutes like he did the last time they met. Can't get much done in 7 minutes, but it's not Obama's goal to get anything done if it's not his way/"

    Cite your source that the meeting lasted only 7 minutes (and if it did, the real reason why). "I heard it on Fox" doesn't count.

    March 6, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Name lynn

    Obama dont let the GOP put a dose of posion you at dinner, watch them dogs. You need to stand firm on your word.

    March 6, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Hopefully, there will be some civilized discussion that will allow the business of the people to be conducted in the Senate.

    March 6, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. simp

    President Obama, keep your enemies close becasue these losers you invited are your enemies. Don't woryy Mr President, the country really does have your back regardless what those polls show I don't believe them most of the time anyway.

    March 6, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    I hope President Obama has a jug full of Pepto handy during this dinner. He's will need it to stomach looking at and listening to the GOPers. Good luck!

    March 6, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |