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11/15/2012 (2 years ago)

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President asks to meet and discuss ideas with Romney.

The election had hardly faded from the news, but Obama wants to pick Romney's brain for ideas on how to help the middle-class. In a move that baffles many, Obama said in a speech he'd like to sit down and talk to Romney.

Not good enough for the White House, but good enough for plans to save the middle class?

Not good enough for the White House, but good enough for plans to save the middle class?

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/15/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Obama, Romney, ideas, speech, gifts


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In fact, Obama has been very conciliatory to Romney. As early as election night, after it was clear the race was over, Obama phoned Romney and asked to meet with the Republican candidate. Obama told supporters it was in the spirit of bipartisanship that he wanted to meet Romney.

"He presented some ideas during the course of the campaign that I actually agree with. And so it'd be interesting to talk to him about something like that." Obama added, "There may be ideas that he has with respect to jobs and growth that can help middle-class families that I want to hear."

Meanwhile, Romney advisers saw this as a concession that Romney may have had better ideas than the president. Romney made a conference call to donors and expressed concern that Obama made promises and "gifts" to the poor and minorities. "Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars."

Obama targeted the poor to help sway him into office when it became clear he was losing the middle-class vote.

Both sides staged a very strong and at times, personal campaign which may have left some lingering ill will behind. However, Obama made clear he was interested in Romney's ideas.

"'m not either prejudging what he's interested in doing, nor am I suggesting I've got some specific assignment.' Obama said.  "But what I want to do is to is to get ideas from him and see if there are some ways that we can potentially work together."

In all, it's an interesting remark from a reelected president that the other guys may have had better ideas. Romney has not commented on if or when he wills it down with Obama to share those ideas.

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