May 14th, 2009
04:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama: Public will force Republicans to compromise

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Obama spoke in a town hall-style meeting today in Albuquerque, New Mexico."]ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (CNN) - Public pressure eventually will force congressional Republicans to cut deals with the Obama administration on big issues such as health care, President Barack Obama predicted Thursday.

Speaking at a town hall-style meeting in New Mexico, Obama noted many Republicans have basic philosophical differences with some of what he has proposed since taking office. But he said his administration has had extensive talks with Republican leaders in Congress and would welcome their help.

"I think that we'll see more and more agreement over time as the Republican Party starts to realize that the American people want results right now," Obama said. "They don't want bickering. And when they realize that, they'll have an open, outstretched hand from me."

The Republican Party largely has resisted Obama's agenda in Congress. No Republicans in the House of Representatives and only three in the Senate supported his economic stimulus program, while filibuster threats have slowed down other measures or nominees.

But Obama said about 100 Republicans voted with House Democrats to support the overhaul of credit-card regulations now pending in the Senate, and several others voted to support an expansion of state children's health insurance programs.

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soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. Tulsa

    Another classy speach from our President.

    Uh, Republicans, That's what bipartisanship looks like.

    May 14, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. yuri

    We believe the GOP is not listening and will most likely and senselessly cause a lot road blocks, led by John Boehner.

    May 14, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Get on board republicans or ship out. The President got it right! The American People want answers and solutions NOW!!!!

    May 14, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. I sat in Rev. Wrights church pews for 20 years and didn't hear a word..

    Sorry, i Don't need BIG BROTHER telling me how to live my life.....

    May 14, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. johnq

    I think President Obama is the one that is going to change from public pressure as he attempts to change America to fit his vision rather than that of the founding fathers.

    May 14, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Mississippi Mike

    So basically, bipartisanship in the reign of Obama is the GOP giving up and doing whatever Obama says. First of all, that's not going to happen. Second, that's not what bipartisanship is.

    May 14, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Robin

    I don't believe him. I'm sorry, but I don't. He has been not been bi-partisan like he has promised and some of his policies are just down right scary.

    May 14, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Kurt C.

    This guy doesn't know what bipartisanship is. He has been the most partisan President I have ever seen.

    Bipartisanship does not mean cave to your every demand, President Obama.

    Bipartisanship does not mean blaming everything you talk about on the former administration, either. Which is something Obama has proven to be very adept at.

    Physician, heal thyself.

    May 14, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Lynn

    Every time the President speaks and connects with the voters the poor Republicans must look around and wonder who in their tired, bitter, spireful, elitist party they can pick to go against him.

    Such intelligence, calmness, respect, sincerity and values do NOT exist in the Republican "leadership".

    May 14, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. al in memphis

    Opponents of the legislation, nearly all Republicans, criticized the high cost and the increasing role of the federal government.

    "The federal government has always maintained a limited role in education
    From another CNN article
    This was Republicans rationale for not supporting the money to modernize our schools and save energy in the process. At some point, don't these people have to take a look at thow they are voting against the people they represent. We got a defense budget to protect almost every country in the world, but we can't do common sense investment in children education.
    Maybe the Reps strategy is to resist all Obama's agendas and hope everything falls apart. Voters will remember who proposed ideas and who just opposed everything.

    May 14, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Pat F

    When the Republican Party starts taking advice from Barry Obama, the Community Organizer Made Good, THAT really will be the end of it!

    Don't embarass yourself, Barry. Just try and not lose the free world – that's enough on your plate, doncha think?

    May 14, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Mary

    President Obama is the best!

    May 14, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Peter E

    Let the American voter decide! Let's resurrect American democracy that was visciously murdered in the 2000 elections! Get the courts out of people's votes!

    May 14, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. johnq

    Hey Tulsa,

    Can you show me where the democrates have been bipartisan? Why is it that we're supposed to go along when the dem's don't?

    BTW, if Obama is for it – it's a sure sign that it is bad for the country. What governement program works? He wants and is using government to take over this country! That is very bad!

    Read the Constituation and Bill of Rights lately? The greatest country in the world is built on them. Now, tell me how you reconcile Obama with the 10th Ammendment.

    May 14, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    I agree, with a ........ dismal......... approval rating, and headed further down. The GOP will ...... IF......... they are smart feel public pressure.

    Here's the problem, having grown up in a Republican home: conservatives are a stubborn, self-righteous group, it will take much more than public pressure to get them to cooperate or even change!

    I suspect that the ONLY thing that will make the CONservatives, "listen up" will be ........ the landslide victories of Democratic candidates in the elections of 2010! Perhaps then......... maybe........... sort of.

    May 14, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Peter E

    It's amusing to see that after eight years of Bush ignoring democrats, bullying, whining, hissing until he got everything he wanted it is now the republicans who are asking for bipartisanship.

    May 14, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Shannon

    It would be nice if they would, but honestly I wouldn't count on it. The GOP does whatever the GOP wants to do and could give a rat's you know what, what the majority of the country wants.

    May 14, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. Michael

    The whole problem is that the GOP still thinks we are back in the Middle Ages, when the general populace was just another natural resource for the rich to exploit; had no right to vote or own property (in fact they WERE property). This is why GOPpers show outrage whenever anyone who does not belong to their social circle gets ideas of entitlement.

    May 14, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Bob in Pa

    Republicans and Independents don't want to be taxed at 45 – 50% for Government services. You can sit there and say nonsense, but this is where things are headed.

    We just aren't into the "collective".

    May 14, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. walleye

    Obama has "street smarts." When his policys begin to take hold and begin to reverse the damage done the last 8 years the public will take a closer look at who tried to thwart his plans. THEN they will realize that it was the RepubliKlans that tried to block everything he attempted to do in a bipartisan manner. Do you think they will get re-elected? I think NOT.

    May 14, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. John, Long Island, NY

    The Republican party is a incapable of reaching across the aisle and finding common ground. They are ruled by the likes of Rush Limbaugh. He will rail against any attempt at a bipartisan solution, forcing moderates to stick the the hard right wing ideology that has dominated the party.

    May 14, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. mariel

    The overwhelming majority of America elected Obama to do what he is doing. He is making good on the promises that a landslide majority elected him to do.

    The GOP is not working with Obama and is in the RAPIDLY shrinking minority.

    May 14, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. susie

    I am happy Obama took Cheney's advice about the photos. Maybe he will listen to more Republicans to help him become a good President.

    May 14, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. bakinbaker

    Tulsa - Can Republicans even spell or pronounce bipartisanship? We shouldn't expect them to know what it looks or feels like if they aren't able to look it up in the dictionary.

    I hope that they reach out to Obama but I'm not holding my breath.

    May 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. John

    Obama: Public will force Republicans to compromise.

    I don't agree.

    Not as Long as Limbaugh, Cheney are there.

    May 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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