President Barack Obama and failed Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will meet today for the first time since the election for a private lunch at the White House.
During his victory speech, Obama told supporters that he would meet with Romney so that the two could share ideas about how Republicans and Democrats could possibly work together in order to tackle some of the biggest issues facing the Nation.
“In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward,” Obama said.
The Associated Press reports that the two have no clear agenda for the meeting but alludes to possible discussion about the looming fiscal cliff and what to do about the soon-expiring tax cuts passed by President George W. Bush. During the campaign season, Obama and Romney contrasted sharply on the issue of the cuts as the President’s Republican challenger disavowed the Administration’s plan to allow the cuts to expire.
The President has in recent weeks embarked on a post-campaign campaign of sorts in an attempt to ease Republican dissent against his tax plan.
“Right now, as we speak, Congress can pass a law that would prevent a tax hike on the first $250,000 of everybody’s income. Everybody’s. And that means that 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses wouldn’t see their income taxes go up by a single dime. Ninety-eight percent of Americans, 97 percent of small businesses would not see their income taxes go up by a single dime,” Obama said at the White House Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans launched a series of attacks against the President for his continued campaigning about taxes even after the election has finished.
“Rather than sitting down with lawmakers of both parties and working out an agreement he is back on the campaign trail presumably with the same old talking points that we are all quite familiar with,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor last week, alluding to Obama plans to talk about taxes with business owners throughout the Nation. “We already know the president is a very good campaigner. We congratulate him on his re-election. What we don’t know is whether he has the leadership qualities necessary to lead his party to a bipartisan agreement on big issues like we currently face.”