Obama calls GOP House and Senate leaders

With the crucial midterm election imminent, President Barack Obama makes a final get-out-the-vote push for Democratic candidates in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
With the crucial midterm election imminent, President Barack Obama makes a final get-out-the-vote push for Democratic candidates in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (J. Scott Applewhite - AP)
By MIKE HAMMER
The Associated Press
Wednesday, November 3, 2010; 2:17 AM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has been on the phone in the aftermath of the sweeping Republican House victories.

He phoned the presumptive next House speaker, John Boehner (BAY'-nur), to offer congratulations. Boehner says the two agreed to work together, even though Republicans have vowed to turn back much of Obama's agenda.

The Ohio Republican says they talked about working together on the priorities of the American people, and Boehner says he defined those priorities as cutting spending and creating jobs.

The White House says the president also called Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Republicans will remain a minority in the Senate but a larger minority.

Obama is quoted as saying he was looking forward to working with Republicans to "find common ground" and to "get things done for the American people."


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