Closing Arguments: Obama’s Bipartisan Play

By David Schoetz

Jan 27, 2009 11:52pm

President Obama met behind closed doors today on Capitol Hill with House and Senate Republicans. He appealed to the lawmakers to put aside party politics and support his economic stimulus plan — an $825 billion combination of tax cuts and public works spending. But Republicans want greater tax cuts and less public spending, particularly on projects they consider wasteful. And before Obama arrived, GOP leaders urged members to reject the new president’s proposal unless significant changes are made. So tonight, we ask: Is this economic crisis the time to put politics aside? Or are the Republicans right to say "no" to Obama’s plan? Tell us what you think.

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