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. phoenix86

    Obama and the democrats do not need republicans on board to pass their agenda. It is in the best interest of the republican party to vote against the democratic policies and offer sound alternatives. Obama's policies will increase unemployment, increase inflation and increase debt.

    All the republican have to do is to wait for reality to set in with the voter, then the democrats will be voted out.

    May 14, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Harley

    He,and the Democrats never wanted to compromise before, and now that there in the majority they make it look like they want be bipartisan. He has done more harm to this country then any other Pres. By the wasteful spending, and weakening our security

    May 14, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Daniel -- Mesquite, Texas

    Soon Barack Obama will realize that most people do not want universal healthcare. He will especially notice this when the American people do not decide to make a compromise the way Barack Obama sees fit. most people do not want your poster they do not want be told by the government .what procedures they can get and not get.

    No compromise will have to be made with the Republicans because soon they will have control of Congress again. This will happen because Obama will not be able to fix the economy like he predicts he will. All the Democratic Congress does is want to spend money United States does not have.

    May 14, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    @ Joe in NJ, who said "Forcing someone to compromise is not bipartisanship."

    Right, by definition compromise is not forced. Rather, concessions are forced. We have no need of GOP concessions and do not have to force them. If the GOP wants compromise it needs to show a willingness to do so...which it hasn't...because it views compromise as though it is conceding. Why? Simple: PRIDE.

    Once the GOP figures out the distinction between comrpomise and concession, they'll be able to come to the table and comrpomise without feeling so butt hurt and needing a diaper change.

    May 14, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Obama continues to wave neighborly at the Republicans who shake their fists as they would at a minority who just moved into their exclusive subdivision.

    Oh no!!! I didn't just say that! OMG! What was I thinking...

    May 14, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. WhoCares?


    Are you honestly saying that the 50+ MILLION people that voted for Obama are jobless Welfare earners?

    Really? I will pray for you son.

    May 14, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. Lynnette

    It would be nice if the Republicans [politicians or not] could come up with some kind of alternate plan. Until that time, SHUT UP!

    May 14, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Moderate Democrat

    Such a good quote that I had to re-use it:

    "I understand that the RNC is frustrated with the constant infighting and lack of coherent message and all, but going negative on Bo isn't going to help and neither is blatant hypocrisy. What's 'priceless' is a party that doubled our national debt, championed policies that lead to the greatest economic crisis in generations and now can't muster up a single new idea to set right what they got wrong, attacking anyone for investing in the American people to get the economy back on track."

    The GOP...the same domestic terrorists that CAUSED all of our problems are now whining that someone is trying to FIX their mistakes. With americans like them (GOP), who needs terrorists?"

    May 14, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Doug

    Those of you who voted Republican for house and senate are responsible for this. With just one more seat we could avoid all of this "party of no" BS and get to fixing this country. Vote Democratic again in the midterm elections!!!

    May 14, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    @ phoenix86, who said "It is in the best interest of the republican party to vote against the democratic policies and offer sound alternatives."

    Too bad for you they've perfected the former while omitting the latter.

    May 14, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    @ johnhq, who said "The United States is not a democracy, it is a republic."

    Tapdancing christ's called a "democratic republic." BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS!!!! READ SOME!!!

    May 14, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. Chris from NY

    And you thought Obama was talking about enemies abroad when he said he was willing to shake their hands if they were willing to unclench their fists. Go figure.

    May 14, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. jc

    The problem is – even though Obama still maintains alot of popularity, many of his policies have not been popular. The people didn't like the bailouts and they won't like tax increases. In fact, I see things the other way around – Republicans are probably going to ride the public sentiment of unpopularity against the President's policies, which will probably see a small hit in the Democratic majorities in the House/Senate in the 2010 elections.

    May 14, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Paul

    Love it or leave it? Isn't that what you conservatives were telling me when I didn't agree with the Bush Administration? The shoe's on the other foot now boys. The politics of fear and hatred have run their course. We must be ever vigilant in hopes than they never return to power. As it stands right now, you don't stand a chance. Bring me a real conservative option (and not some evangelical xenophobe) and I'll consider giving you my vote. Until then enjoy riding the pine.

    May 14, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. pam Eugene OR

    I hope our President is wrong this time. I am having a blast watching the Republicans self destruct! Every day I can't wait to see what new hair brained things they will say.

    May 14, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. Gerda Edwards

    Facts, not spin:
    – Ave. unemployment rate under the 8 years of Clinton: 5.2% (Lo: 3.8; Hi: 7.1)
    – Ave. unemployment rate under the 8 years of Bush: 5.3% (Lo: 4.2; Hi: 7.6)
    – Ave. unemployment rate under the 52 months Dem-controlled Congress: 6.0% (Lo: 4.4; Hi: 8.9)
    – Ave. unemployment rate under the 144 months Repub-controlled Congress: 5.0% (Lo: 3.8; Hi: 6.3)
    – Unemployment rate trend pre-2006 shift from Repub to Dem: steady downward 6.3 to 4.4%
    – Unemployment rate trend post-2006 shift from Repub to Dem: steady upward 4.6 to 8.9%
    So who is better for America and the economy????

    May 14, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Ia Guy

    Daniel - Mesquite, Texas May 14th, 2009 5:47 pm ET

    ....No compromise will have to be made with the Republicans because soon they will have control of Congress again....

    Could CNN please put some warnings out for comments like these? I just spit pop out my nose!

    May 14, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. brenda

    Reatte, Beaumont – Please learn to spell and write a coherent sentence when you post. Your ignorance is showing. You are providing ample evidence on the stereotypes of the Republican party and Texans.

    May 14, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. Lewis Edwards

    Let me see. Dems have the White House and both houses of Congress. Why do you even need the Republicans? As I watch what is going on, I do not want any part of it. You won the election, you are already in control, why would we want to hop on this train reck? If Obama is so awesome, why not take a moment and enjoy your victory.You do not need the Republicans at this point... except to blame when all of this come crashing down. Thanks but no thanks."The only right the minority party have in congress is to recive a pay check."

    May 14, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    @ jc, who said "The people didn't like the bailouts and they won't like tax increases. "

    A. The bailout bus got started by Bush and the GOP. Obama own the stimulus plan, not the bailouts. Unfortunately for the GOP, the stimulus plan appears to be putting up some good numbers lately...although they'll deny the existence of teh statistics unti they're blue in the face.

    B. I'm pretty sure most of the 95% of the people who do not experience a tax increase are NOT going to give a flying poke at a rolling donut about the tax increases experienced by 2-5% of the people.

    May 14, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. chad

    GOP has had the Presidency for 20 out of the last 28 years, and congress from 1996-2006. Are they inept or what? In all that time all they did was make our enviroment worse, punch a $10 trillion hole through our economy, had a major terrorist attack on our soil, went to war over fake WMD's, botched Hurricane Katrina relief effort, wire tapped private citizens (isn 't this against Rep beliefs?) and outed a CIA agent...which is treason. How can a true Christian keep voting for these people? And you Righties are affraid of Obama? Look in the mirror...most people are scared of you these days!

    May 14, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. Robin

    WhoCares? May 14th, 2009 5:43 pm ET


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


    Never had a problem with my healthcare and prescription plan. But then again, I have a job, so I earn it.

    Thank you, have a nice day.

    May 14, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. Gerda Edwards

    Sniffit May 14th, 2009 5:52 pm ET, "Tapdancing christ guys…it's called a "democratic republic." BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS!!!! READ SOME!!!"
    Ummmm...I think you mean a "Constitutional Republic." "Democratic republic" is an oxymoron - majority rule with representative rule are mutually exclusive.
    But I agree, books are good things.

    May 14, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. Leesa -ABQ

    To Adam:
    "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."

    Adam, is this not what the insurance companies are already doing?

    Keep lashing out at Obama's ideas so NOTHING can get done these next 3-4 years!
    You should actually look up the definition of Socialism. There in NOT a picture of Obama next to it.


    May 14, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. Jarrod

    I dont care what republicans do. They ran America into the ground with wars and tax cuts for the rich. No care about education, jobs, equal rights, and they call rebuilding America 'socialism' (it was democracy when we are rebuilding Iraq tho????). Im tired of being told what can go on in the bedroom, that alcohol is ok, but I should go to jail for weed, that I am not American if I dont just vote on guns and wave my bible around. These people are stupid. They ran up the deficit on crap, and then when Obama tries to spend some to improve OUR lives, suddenly they are fiscal conservatives again. Where were you when we were giving tax breaks to the richest one percent? Or are all republicans that one percent? Trickle down bs, I havent had a raise in 3 years, my ceo just built a new 2 million dollar house. Enough. Obama, restore America's pride. Science, research, intelligence, education. If Texas wants to leave the union and only cares about guns, so be it. The rest of us will be better off.

    May 14, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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