Efforts to Bridge the Partisan Divide

Efforts to Bridge the Partisan Divide

President Barack Obama called it “productive” while Republican leaders said it was a “frank” discussion. The president met with congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle yesterday to find common ground on pressing issues...

President Barack Obama called it “productive” while Republican leaders said it was a “frank” discussion. The president met with congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle yesterday to find common ground on pressing issues over the lame duck session. Among the topics they discussed were extending the Bush tax cuts, whether to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and ratifying an arms agreement with Russia. Both sides pledged cooperation, but no concrete agreements were reached in the meeting. Republicans say they view the midterm election mandate differently than the president does. Diane and guests take a look at the efforts to bridge the partisan divide.

Guests

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Editor and Publisher of the Nation, writes a weekly column for The Washington Post.

Byron York

chief political correspondent, Washington Examiner

Ron Elving

Washington editor for NPR.

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