Obama Sets Lunch Date With GOP Leaders

Feb 8, 2011 3:37pm

ABC’s Jordyn Phelps reports:

President Obama will sit down for lunch with three Republican leaders at the White House tomorrow, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced today.

House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy will attend the lunch.

Gibbs did not provide specifics on what issues will be discussed during the lunch. When asked for details from a reporter at today’s White House press briefing, he said that "the president looks forward to discussing all issues foreign and domestic."

"Obviously, without a doubt, there will be a heavy discussion of the economy and spending, and I think the president will have a chance to talk through with them many of the things he outlined in the State of the Union,” Gibbs said.

The lunch comes at a time when President Obama is seen as changing his tone. Yesterday, the president delivered a speech at the Chamber of Commerce, as part of an effort to mend his relationship with big business. The president is also set to release his annual budget next week.

A spokesman in Boehner’s office says the Speaker of the House plans to discuss economic issues with President Obama.

“The Speaker is pleased to have an opportunity to speak with the president about our plans to reduce economic uncertainly and create jobs by cutting spending and breaking down barriers to private sector investment,” the spokesman said.

This will be the president’s first lunch with Republican leaders since they took control of the House after the midterm elections.

-Jordyn Phelps

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