Obama and GOP highlight common ground
October 15th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama and GOP highlight common ground

Washington (CNN) - Aside from the usual sparring about their strategies for repairing the economy, the weekly addresses delivered Saturday by the GOP and President Barack Obama both noted that common ground was reached this week.

"It was good to see Congress act in a bipartisan way on something that will help create jobs at a time when millions of Americans are out of work and need them now," the president said during his weekly address.

A set of free-trade agreements that will lower trade barriers for American manufacturers received a stamp of approval from both the White House and House Republicans. Both parties praised the developments.

"Congress passed landmark trade agreements with countries like (South) Korea and assistance for American workers that will be a big win for our economy," Obama said.

Speaking for the GOP, California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House majority whip, also sent forth thankful words.

"I am pleased that just days after the president sent those agreements to Congress for approval, the House passed all three agreements with strong bipartisan votes and they will become law."

"The free-trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea are (an) area of common ground," McCarthy said.

The warmth stopped there, however.

Obama said it "was disappointing to see Senate Republicans obstruct the American Jobs Act, even though a majority of senators voted "yes" to advance this jobs bill."

McCarthy spoke about the GOP proposal to pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution because Americans deserved "no more budget tricks, no more accounting gimmicks, no more broken promises" from the administration.

Obama continued to make a case for his jobs bill, which will go before the House next week, saying, "Next week, I'm urging members of Congress to vote on putting hundreds of thousands of teachers back in the classroom, cops back on the streets, and firefighters back on the job."

McCarthy told supporters that the GOP is "actively engaged in pursuing concrete ideas to jump-start our economy. You can find them in the Republican Plan for America's Job Creators."

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Pamela Stepp Cutler

    Pamela Stepp Cutler/Ashleigh Cutler/George McAllister for the USA.

    October 15, 2011 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    McCarthy and his ilk have created a near depression, and instead of a jobs bill, he and the rest of the idiot republicans waddle out with more tax cuts to big corporations, and a host of job killing measures. I am beginning to think the the 'T' in tea party stands for typhoid. For 30 years, the GOP has waged war on the middle class and the poor. How these elected republicans have an approval rating in the teens is mind boggling.

    October 15, 2011 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In 280 days, Boner has not presented a true jobs bill. Stricter rules on women's rights seems to be the only thing coming out of the house. The house of representatives is leaderless, has no vision, and has obstructed the president with no concern for the American 99%. Republicans are an embarrassment to democracy, and have been a disaster under the man of orange.

    October 15, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I would think what Obama really meant that it was good to see the GOP senators do something other than collect their salaries. If a person is an elected republican, it appears they feel entitled, and they can refuse to work for Americans. For the last three years, republicans have been the worst of the welfare abusers.

    October 15, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  5. FIELD1stSGT

    I wonder if John Boehnor finally got through the thick cocunut head for him to come up with some feasible plan that both could work on and approve. Now this is the way Congress should work. FOR THE PEOPLE. Lets stop the two idiot groups and reach mutual ground on getting our people back to stability.

    October 15, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  6. Drummer

    That's funny – the "Republican Plan for America's Job Creators". Since the Republicans so often refer to the wealthy as the "job creators", why can't they be honest and call it the "Republican Plan for America's Wealthy"? or the "Republican Plan for the Only People That Matter to Us".

    October 15, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  7. John

    "Aside from the usual sparring about their strategies for repairing the economy" ?
    The GOP aren't concerned about repairing the economy. They've said that their only goal is to prevent Obama from getting re-elected, and it's only on this it seems that they work together.

    October 15, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  8. FM

    I hear most of the time people saying I love my country.. If you do, then show it. Remember the country is not made of trees only, it is mainly its people. If you really mean what you say, then share what you have with the people in the country you love.

    October 15, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  9. Indy

    You can find them in the Republican Plan for America's Job Creators."

    Another way to say this is tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations, which have failed for ten plus years to create jobs. Republicans have had complete failure in identifying who the actual "Job Creators" are, same old plan deregulate,cut taxes =failure=Republicans

    October 15, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. AEJ

    Remember Mitch McConnell's PRIMARY GOAL is to ensure President Obama is NOT re-elected. Can you imagine? But they are all going to jump a cliff when the American people who over-whelmingly is on his side put him back in the oval office. I do not think Americans would be fooled to allow their social security, and medicare to be killed. Just look at what the Tea Party/Republicans are putting forward. BE WARE!!!! YOU were WARNED AMERICANS!!!!

    October 15, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. petemg

    Remember Clinton and his NAFTA? that is about the time when our jobs left our country and the plan did not work. The plan made it worse. We still have to cut down on spending. Take care of our economic problem before it takes us down the drain further.

    October 15, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. diridi

    Obama, pl. do not believe GOP idiots. They cheat, as they were doing for decades. OK, Do not go back and mess with HEALTH CARE LAW. It is the most wanted. Instead, Raise Tax on who make more than 250k. It is their time to pay. Warren Buffet is absolutely right....

    October 15, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. Donkey Party

    Nothing but an all out civil war is going to change the minds of the Grand Obstructionist Party.

    October 15, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Donkey Party

    What am I saying, they would first have to be equipped with minds in order to be changed.

    October 15, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. Larry L

    Job creators = greedy rich folks who sent the jobs offshore and use their money to bribe the Republicans

    October 15, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The question of the day is whether Issa's witch hunt will include the 2006 and 2007 Bush program, "Operation Wide Receiver," where guns went walking into the hands of Mexican drug lords?

    October 15, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |