In Coaxing Cooperation From GOP, Reid Quotes Reagan

In seeking new cooperation from Republicans to enact the initiatives President Obama outlined Tuesday in his State of the Union address, the Senate’s top Democrat quoted the late GOP hero, President Ronald Reagan. With the dawn of Obama’s second term, Republicans have a “second chance to work with Democrats to rebuild the middle class,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says. “Republicans say they agree the deep cuts they voted for would be damaging to our economy and to national security. But they would rather cut Medicare, education and medical research than close a single wasteful tax loophole or ask a single millionaire to contribute more,” Reid says of the budget cuts the GOP helped enact known as the “sequester.” “They … Continue reading

President Gets High Marks For 2nd Term Agenda, Pollsters Find

The second term agenda which President Obama outlined Tuesday night in his State of the Union address—expressed through new policies for energy, pay equity, jobs, and education—was well-received by voters, a prominent Democratic polling organization finds. The president made impressive gains on his personal favorability and trust to move the country in a direction that reflects voters’ values. Following the speech, voters gave him high marks on women’s issues, looking out for the middle class, and plans for the economy, the pollsters at Democracy Corps add. The results were arrived at through dial testing and follow-up focus groups with 44 swing voters in Denver, Colo., the pollsters say. Even Republicans in the pollsters’ audience responded positively to Obama’s plan for … Continue reading