Obama, Republican Senate leader say they had 'great' meeting


Associated Press

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 3:30 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he had a "great conversation" today with Senate Republicans.

It was his third stop on this week's outreach effort on Capitol Hill, where he's been talking with lawmakers from both parties about the budget and other issues. Senators said today's 90-minute meeting featured exchanges on the budget, the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, tax reform and the regulatory burden on businesses.

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell says Obama was "very candid." He says Obama "certainly understands that you can't fix the country without adjusting entitlements." It's a reference to benefit programs like Social Security and Medicare that are part of the debate over deficit reduction.

McConnell says, "We'll see where we go from here, but it was a great meeting."

Obama then walked across the Capitol to meet with his House Democratic allies. The meeting caps visits this week to the Democratic and GOP conferences of both the House and Senate.

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