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Obama vows to 'get the job done' with Republicans

Just a shade chastened by the midterm drubbing President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to do all he can to work with a Republican congress, but insisted, there were red lines.

world Updated: Nov 06, 2014 10:49 IST
Yashwant Raj

Just a shade chastened by the midterm drubbing President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to do all he can to work with a Republican congress, but insisted, there were red lines.

He will veto any attempt, for instance, to legislate a recall of his signature healthcare reform. And, he made clear, he will use executive authority to move the ball on immigration.

Mitch McConnell, Republican senator slated to take charge as the senate majority leader, also pledged to work with the president, but warned against precipitate executive action.

That will “poison the well”, he said, further comparing the president’s threat of executive action on immigration reforms to “waving a red flag before a bull”.

Republicans took the senate Tuesday night with seven net wins (they needed only six), and tightened their grip on the House of Representatives adding 13 new seats to their majority.

Addressing a news conference the day after, President Obama took vicarious responsibility for the defeat as someone with the “unique responsibility to try and make this town work”.

But not as the man directly responsible as portrayed by both Republicans and Democrats, the latter through ill-disguised attack leaks to a major local news outfit.

The president pressed the point about low turnout — two-thirds of registered votes didn’t show up — repeatedly at the news conference to put the outcome in perspective.