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. Barbara Independent in NY

    I no longer care if the Republicans are willing to take Pres. Obama's outstretched hand. We need health care reform. We need to take care of our citizens and health care reform is necessary to help our economy improve. Just do it!

    May 14, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Ed

    Obama just makes stuff up.

    May 14, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. YBM

    dicksuckers and carpetmunchers need to be done away with. Or if allowed to exist should not be allowed to have anything to do with children. Our children should not be taught that such a lifestyle choice is ok.

    May 14, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Vito

    THIS is bipartisanship? Waiting for the opposition to come over to your side so everybody's on the same page? The Republican Party has shot itself in the foot over and over in the past decade, but the truth of the matter is that having two (or, God willing, someday three or even more) major parties in the political arena is an effective method of presenting the American people with choices in political and social theory. Neither party should ever have the kind of unchecked power that the Republicans squandered or that the Democrats are now enjoying. Fortunately, the kind of overconfidence we are seeing among the Democrats is a self-correcting mechanism; arrogance leads to recklessness, which leads to political losses. Just ask the Republicans.

    May 14, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. YBM

    Alan in Marietta May 14th, 2009 5:29 pm ET

    Funny how Rush immediately responds to a 93 year old, but didn't have anything to say about Wanda Sykes. The guy is a PUNK!
    He didn't respond because then the LWLNJs would call him a racist homophobe or something that means the same since most LWLNJs probably do not know such big words.

    May 14, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. Cali J

    Yes, I get it now.
    Become more like Democrats and we will be accepted.
    Anyone who says Democrats are bipartisan any more than Republicans are need to stop guzzling the kool-aide. Look at the partisanship on this board and tell me that the politicians should do any better. There are significant differences between the parties and the constituants expect their elected leaders to speak for them. Because many oppose BHO and his policies does not make them a party of "NO". It means they oppose his policies.
    The regulars on these CNN boards need to grow up. Just because they are BHO or Democrat ideas, it doesn't make them right.

    May 14, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. Willy Brown

    Obama's handlers are so going to get him defeated in 2012 election.

    May 14, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. A.P. Fremont, California

    The complete ideology of the core Refiblican party is to bankrupt the American as to implement the complete privitization of America, and institute a "serf" system to ensure a society of have and have nots....with NO in between....
    Those on the moderate outskirts of that ideology will have to "stand up" for themeselves and what they represent... or face their own political peril................

    May 14, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. YBM

    Of course he will force them to compromise, just like the racist chicago thug he is. We found out that the intelligence quotient of slightly over 50% of the country has declined in recent years, during the last election.

    May 14, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. Marc

    Robin, CONGRATULATIONS for your great health... Hope you never really NEED to feel the discricionary policies of the healthcare and insurance companies... and in the remote possiblity that you already had to know what I am talking about, please tell us which is your company.

    May 14, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. YBM

    Yeah, I know, Obama says the public will force them, but does anyone really believe that? Seriously? He will do the forcing, just by using the same tactics he used in his run for the senate in illinois.

    May 14, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. Joe in CA

    or they will become extinct!!

    May 14, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. mike

    there's that word FORCE again he will FORCE people to do what he wants.
    Obama the Dictator.

    May 14, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. Marc

    Gerda Edwards – Answer, the DEMS! Everytime the Republicans get the upper hand they leave a mess for the dems to deal with. FACT, not spin.

    May 14, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. Long

    We American voters should force Obama to compromise on his extreme leftist liberal socialism.

    May 14, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. Daniel, Atlanta, GA, ex-republican

    Hey Republicans, YOU GUYS LOST...LOL! That means Americans are tired of your stinking policies for the wealthy and powerful. When you LOSE, you have live with the consequences...LOL!

    May 14, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. Joanna

    "Robin May 14th, 2009 5:10 pm ET: It will be detrimental to our Country to have Senators and Congressmen that do nothing but tell the President how wonderful he is"

    Hey Robin, then what the hell was it that went of for 8 years under Bush??? Congress, Senate, and Supreme Court completely rolling over for Georgie......not a single spine among them for EIGHT LONG YEARS....time to give something else a try...don't cha' think?

    May 14, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. No Hope

    Better Think Again Obama, We Know Who You Are. Just like Pelosi, you and her are straight factual LIERS. Pelosi has been briefed, You hire Tax Cheats and say they are clean. As a Republican I will NEVER COMPRONISE WITH YOUR MISLEADING TACTICS and YOUR LIES.

    May 14, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. John G

    Can the government please buy me a new dictionary?

    Mine doesn't define "bipartisanship" as doing whatever the other guy says so it must be wrong...

    May 14, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. Geez

    YES we will. Americans are SICK of getting screwed over for 8 long years. We're NO LONGER going to sit back and just swallow the Republican Kool-Aid laced with arsenic.

    May 14, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. No Incumbents 2010

    @Tulsa May 14th, 2009 4:52 pm ET Who wrote:
    Another classy speach from our President.
    Uh, Republicans, That's what bipartisanship looks like

    "They don't want bickering. And when they realize that, they'll have an open, outstretched hand from me."

    I am assuming that is what you meant by bipartisan. The sooner the Republicans admit I'm right , the sooner I will outstretch my hand.

    Sounds like Liberal compromise.

    May 14, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. SLM

    Sorry to burst your bubble Obama, but not everyone thinks your spending habits are a good thing. I for one support the Republicans to just say NO. I wish the one here in CA that folded and voted with the Dems would have stood up for the tax payers, but instead sold us out. Now we are all paying through the nose to bail out the overspending of the Dems here. Learn from the example of California and just say NO.

    May 14, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. Moureen

    And they wonder why the majority of Independent's like me went for Obama? The Republican Party needs a major over-haul. They should start by telling Rush Limbaugh and all the other loud-mouthed self-impressed verbally bloated demi-gods to step away from the mike.

    May 14, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  24. Ashley--african america---former democrat.

    Oh please.Obama's version of what a compromise is..."Do as I say....". Its laughable to think that all this money he has shelled out is actually going to work!!! it is NOT! We will find that this money has done nothing to the economy...and yet he wants full support for his crazy agenda so he can say "everyone in washington supported it".

    May 14, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  25. Gerry

    Nationalize health care what a stupid idea. Look to the north they have and that why many of the come to the USA for certain treatments. We dont need to be forced to see certain doctors take medicines and treatment that not going to help us. Congress can't do there jobs and they sure aren't doctors.

    May 14, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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