Next step in Obama charm offensive: Dinner with Republican senators

WASHINGTON Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:51pm EDT

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden listens to U.S. President Barack Obama (R) talk in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, March 27, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden listens to U.S. President Barack Obama (R) talk in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, March 27, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will launch a new round of schmoozing with his political opponents when he sits down to dinner with a dozen Republican senators on April 10.

Obama has been trying to gain Republican cooperation on a host of items on his second-term agenda including a deficit-reduction package, an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws and a tightening of gun regulations.

Criticized in his first term for keeping his opponents at arms-length, Obama is taking a different tack in the early months of his second term.

He and a group of Republican senators had dinner at a Washington hotel earlier this month and the president then visited Capitol Hill to talk to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

The April 10 dinner is being organized by Republican Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia, according to Isakson's office and a White House official.

(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Paul Simao)

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Comments (5)
Harry079 wrote:
The clock is ticking on the debt limit issue. Around May 17 is the cutoff day for continued US borrowing. The Treasury does have it’s $200 billion magic bag of tricks but there may be a legal challange this time due to the wording of the 2013 Budget Control Act where they may have inadvertinly screwed themselves.

Mar 27, 2013 8:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:
In everyone’s zeal to cut the debt, you might want to look at Europe. Austerity is not helping their economy. Cuts to U.S. spending will cost jobs. Cutting jobs in a still fragile economy probably isn’t the smartest thing to do. Congress should take another look at the American Jobs Act. On independent review it go very high marks. Building infrastructure and slowly cutting the deficits looks like a more prudent approach.

Mar 28, 2013 5:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
pcarroll wrote:
It’s not a charm offensive. It’s a CYA offensive.

The GOP finally grew a pair and challenged him on the sequester. The rains of blood and frogs that were predicted have yet to arrive and, truth be told, most people are feeling no pain over this.

In other words, the emperor has been revealed as wearing no clothes.

What to do? Distract!

Mar 28, 2013 9:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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