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Obama moves from confrontation to wooing Republicans. Will it work?

President Obama's job rating has dropped in the latest poll. Now, he's moving away from confrontation, planning to meet with House and Senate Republicans on their turf next week.


President Barack Obama speaks in Newport News, Va. Feb. 26. Turning from confrontation, Obama will meet this coming week with House and Senate Republicans.

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President Obama’s charm offensive with congressional Republicans continued Saturday with his weekly radio address.

Referring to GOP lawmakers as “principled people who want what’s best for this country,” he noted that he’ll be meeting separately with House and Senate Republicans on their turf this coming week.

“The fact is, America is a nation of different beliefs and different points of view. That’s what makes us strong, and frankly, makes our democratic debates messy and often frustrating,” Mr. Obama said. “But ultimately what makes us special is when we summon the ability to see past those differences, and come together around the belief that what binds us together will always be more powerful than what drives us apart.”

Will it work? Republicans are skeptical.

In the Weekly Republican Address, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, senior Republican on the Budget Committee, says, “I fear the Democrat proposal will fail this defining test and will never achieve balance."

"I fear it will crush American workers and our economy with trillions in new taxes, spending and debt,” Sen. Sessions said. “I fear [Senate Budget] Chairman Patty Murray will follow the President's lead: raising taxes to enrich the bureaucracy at the expense of the people."


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