Obama Says 'Put the Politics Aside' After Election , But Raps GOP Leaders
President Obama said Americans want partisans on both sides to "put politics aside for a while" after the Nov. 2 elections and find "common ground" on measures that will help fix the economy. Yet, in his weekly address Saturday, he said he was troubled by recent comments from Republican leaders anticipating more power in Congress in 2011.
"Whatever the outcome on Tuesday," the president said, "we need to come together to help put people who are still looking for jobs back to work." But in appealing for unity, Obama said he was bothered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's comment that "his main goal after this election is simply to win the next one," and House Minority Leader John Boehner declaring, "this is not the time for compromise." Boehner, after the remark cited by Obama, elaborated: "We will not compromise on our principles."
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Obama Says 'Put the Politics Aside' After Election, But Raps GOP Leaders