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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  1. Tim

    To Mike the spelling policeman,

    Like Obama, you are all flash over substance.

    May 14, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. 2pacolypse Now

    Stop trying to work with a party that is disintergrating by the day. As long as Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh are the main cogs doing the talking, you don't need them if they don't want to be a part of helping the American people. It's obvious they've only been interested in taking care of themselves and it's in clear focus now which is why they are acting like the privledged spoil babies they've become.

    Keep on talking Dick and Rush. Doing a fine job. Now endorse someone so you can essentially ruin their campaign.

    May 14, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Robin

    @Adam May 14th, 2009 5:21 pm ET

    So Obama wants the government to decide which doctor I use, which medicines I can take, when (and if) I can receive treatment, how much my doctor makes….

    Wow, I never realized how great socialism is.

    And they also think hospice care is "not cost effective". So let's hope none of our love ones need comfort during their last days. Yes it's true.

    May 14, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. WhoCares?

    Hehe...He is so darn smart.

    What a great away to get your point across and tell the American Citizenry that he just waiting for the Republicanss to wake up to what they want.

    He is a master at this already.

    May 14, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Dan, TX

    Obama's health plan is that if you already have insurance, you keep it, if you want. How is that forcing anyone to do anything?

    The plan also subsidizes people who don't have health insurance so they can get crappy insurance where the government tells them what they can have done. That way, you don't have to pay for the poor people when they use your hospital can can't pay. The end result is that it costs less to get the poor to pay something for health insurance rather than nothing.

    The poor get the crappy care that you subsidize less, and rich people like me can still buy the good stuff. See, it is compassionate conservatism. Remember what that is?

    May 14, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Independant Observer

    Who are the dopes on the blog who keep writing nonsense like – "Bipartisanship doesn't mean compromise..."???????????????

    Yes, folks. It sure does.

    It means BOTH sides of the aisle must compromise so that they may move the negotiations toward a mutually agreeable solution.

    What do these goofs think? That bipartisanship can only occur when both major political parties agree wholly on an issue?
    So, are they suggseting that we can get bipartisanship on maybe one or two items?

    My opinion is that this is exactly the kind of self-righteous, uncompromising attitude that turns off the majority of voters.

    May 14, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Paul H

    The conservative movement will have to move on away from the Republican party. Republicans, and Democrats alike are taking us in the same direction. There is very little separating these parties in the area of spending, and not listening to the people. Both are agenda driven, and are being pushed around by extremist.
    We need to find a party that is people driven, there by getting the government back in the hands of the people, and getting our voices back as well.

    May 14, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Another Texan

    The very essence of compromise is that both parties are willing to give something up in order to receive something. When one party vehemently opposes everything the other party wants, then there can never be any compromise.

    May 14, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Gerda Edwards

    Al @ 5:02, "...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."
    Al, common sense says that you don't spend beyond your means. Common sense says that you don't borrow more money, if you're already in the hole. Common sense says that you don't rob from your children in order to "invest" in your children.
    I hope voters will remember who went on a free-for-all spending spree and who tried self-restraint. WRT to that tickler - if the schools can save that much money, then why haven't those school districts gone to their local taxpayers to make it happen? Do you really believe having the Feds as a middle-man will save money?

    May 14, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. AmericanMade

    The truth is biting them in the behind! I support RUSH!

    May 14, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Lori

    No, President Obama. We don't want the Republicans agreeing with you. We don't want ANY ideas from the Republicans. They had years to implement their so-called 'ideas' and look at what a success that was (sarcasm intended). The Republicans would continue to allow us all in America to suffer with inadequate health care, poor schools particularly for those in poorer communities, all while wishing for another terrorist attack so that they can parade around like 'saviors'. Please just let them and their 21% stay in the wilderness never to return.

    May 14, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Too True For You

    It'll only happen if Rush says so. In the meantime the republicans will keep hewing to the Party of "No" line. That's the problem with right wing ideologues – they are so convinced of their rightness (pun intended) that they truly believe everyone else is wrong and will not listen to anything ourside their narrow scope of interpretation. Only the great Rush has the power to speak, and right now he's busy bashing 97 year old laides.

    May 14, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. DX in TX

    Mr. President you are an honorable man, I sincerely believe you are one of us, one of the people, unlike the Party of Fools! I find it amazing that Republicans want to label this administration as Socialist for attempting to help all Americans. So what do we label the Republicans for not wanting to help all Americans be the best we can be....I have a name for them, but I can't say it here....

    Republicans could care less about the American people they only care about winning and lining their pockets with the wealth of this land.

    God Bless President Obama

    May 14, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Michael S. Smith Mike the truth sayer

    Put the Healt insurance Companies out of bussiness lets have a
    Single Payer sytem in this country If we require all to have health
    insurance then it should be paid for from tax revenues of some kind
    raise the tax on tobacco have a tax on the amount of fat and calories
    in foods to pay for it.

    May 14, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. JK

    Republicans will not have to compromise – they do not control enough votes to have an impact at this time. They can be ignored and they are. Democrats will have to compromise with Democrats. If in 2010 Republicans pick up some seats and are needed by the Democrats then there will be compromises with Republicans. To Democrats for a Republican to compromise at this time means do it their way. The only time a Republican is involved is if there are enough Democrats that are not following the party line and there were 3 and there are now only 2 Republicans available to the Democrats.

    May 14, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. AmericanMade

    I was "suppose" to be commenting on the RUSH article. Sorry folks!

    May 14, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Paul

    Much like the Southern slaveholding gentry held this country at bay for seven decades, the GOP has be running this smoke and mirrors game since Nixon. We hear echoes of secession throughout the conservative bloc and once again those that truly love their country and what it stands for will respond with vigor. The real "Patriots" are taking America back! To all the bigots... you're 15 minutes are up. They will abide by the will of the people or they will be removed.

    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

    – Benjamin Franklin

    May 14, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Robert

    Rod Blagojevich;
    John Edwards;
    Rush Limbaugh;
    Dick Cheney.

    They have three things in common:
    1. They all Talk through their hat.
    2. They just do not get it.
    3. They use their Tongue more than their Ears and Eyes.

    May 14, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. John

    For all of you experts who think Obama's public health plan is bad, how many of you are using the VA or Medicare because these too are public health plans? I for one use both Medicare and the Va and they are both the best health care I have ever received in my seventy five years on this old earth. So unless you are trying to sink Obama's plan for reasons other than what you are stating you haven't a leg to stand on.

    May 14, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. WhoCares?


    Would you rather have FOR-PROFIT Drug Companies and Insurance Companies running our health care?


    May 14, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    Two quick truths:

    Obama is right.

    The GOP is scared.

    Now, add it up.

    May 14, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. bakinbaker

    Thank you "spelling policeman" Mike!

    May 14, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Ia Guy

    Harley May 14th, 2009 5:30 pm ET

    Obama is not God !!!!! He thinks he is, and he can't force the Republicans to compromise like wasteful spending !!!! The Democrats are like little kid's cry when they want there oun way !!

    Agree..he's just a man, but a man that has a very high approval rating. A man that turned millions of Republicans and Independents to the Democrats to get him elected. A man who addresses the people and opened our eyes even more to the part of "NO". The Republicans had their chance and you blew it.

    Either modernize your party, it's views, and perhaps come up with ideas that are useful rather than cry foul for the next 8 years - you lost. Gay marriage and abortion are being much more accepted with younger'll actually have to come up with tangible ideas and show true leadership if you ever hope to regain that which you deservingly lost.

    I'd be lying if I say I was rooting for ya but I'll say it anyway. Good luck!

    May 14, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. johnq


    The United States is not a democracy, it is a republic.

    May 14, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. Voter

    Obama needs to change his strategy. I have received countless emails asking for donations so he can estabish offices and push his agenda, ie, he is lobbying (through the people) – isn't that wrong? Why would he ask us, the taxpayers just surviving a recession for money for his agenda? Can't he do it on his own in Washington? Why did we elect him then? This is just outrageous.

    I don't agree with his healthcare plan (or should I say Pelosi's?) Obama is basically going to take people who have jobs and healthcare and drive them to the ground with all the taxes, so that the people who never had jobs (even before the recession began) can have free everything?

    Here is some news for you Obama: if you kill the private sector, no one will be paying taxes, then what?

    May 14, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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