Obama, Reid hold 2014 political strategy meeting

WASHINGTON Mon Feb 3, 2014 6:56pm EST

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) addresses a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) addresses a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 16, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama met on Monday with Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to explore ways to try to prevent Republicans from winning control of the Senate from the Democrats in the November elections, a top party aide said.

Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, also attended the White House meeting along with Guy Cecil, executive director of the committee, said the aide, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Republicans need a net gain of six seats on Election Day to take the Senate, now held by Democrats, 55-45.

Troubled by Obama's low approval ratings, a number of Senate Democrats in tough races have begun to distance themselves from the president in their re-election campaigns.

Obama needs Democrats to have any chance of having any legislative successes this year, such as his push to reduce the gap between rich and poor.

The president plans to hold a reception at the White House on Tuesday with House Democrats and address Senate Democrats at their annual retreat in Washington on Wednesday.

At Monday's meeting, Obama and Reid did not discuss the senator's comments last week opposing the president's push for expanded authority to negotiate trade deals, the party aide said.

(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro and Steve Holland; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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User21 wrote:
BO believes that the IRS did nothing wrong. Very disturbing. Imagine if this was a discrimination based upon, sex, religion, or something else. But since the discrimination was based on one’s political beliefs, we can clearly say that the President has an antipolist agenda.

Antipolism is should not be tolerated here in America. Period.




1. a person who believes in antipolism, the doctrine that a certain political affiliation is superior to any or all others, OR a practice of discriminating against others who carry different political affiliations or beliefs than you.

2. of or like antipolists or antipolism: antipolist policies; antipolist attitudes.


1. hatred or intolerance of another set of political beliefs or other political viewpoints.

Feb 03, 2014 7:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:
@user21- The liberal democrats all want you to believe that the IRS did nothing wrong. But the funny thing is that the head of the IRS, Lois Learner plead the fifth. We all know what that means. You don’t plead the fifth unless you are afraid something might incriminate you. The president even called the IRS boneheads, we all know it was because they unfairly targeted the Conservative groups.
The president must think Americans are stupid and have to be told by the news media how to think. That is the implication he made by saying nobody would be saying anything about the scandalls surrounding him if not for Fox News. You little people obviously can not think for themself.

Feb 03, 2014 8:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:
Multiple enquiries say the IRS did nothing wrong. A Fox conspiracy based on no evidence at all says they did. Which is the most believable?

But of course the righties will keep huffing and puffing over their little conspiracy theories… because they have nothing useful to contribute.

In the real world the IRS is supposed to check for tax evasion, and a bunch of radical activists hell-bent on not paying taxes *should* be checked.

Feb 04, 2014 1:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
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