President Obama Tuesday declared that as president he has consistently sought compromise with Republicans, even as he refuses to negotiate with them on legislation to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling.
Speaking to WABC TV New York, Obama said of Republicans, “I take their ideas all the time.”
I think that if you look at my track record over the last four years, I have consistently sought compromise, sometimes to the point where Democrats have been mad at me . . .
If you look at both my polices as well as the approach that I’ve taken in governing, there’s a lot of overlap between what I’m proposing and what Republicans have proposed n the past – I take their ideas all the time. What we haven’t seen is a willingness on the other side to engage in the basic compromises that are required for governance.
Republicans would certainly disagree that Obama has been a consensus seeker, pointing first to Obama’s signature initiative, Obamacare, which passed without a single Republican vote.
Here’s the complete interview. Obama’s remarks on his cooperative spirit begin at 3:45.