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Obama: ‘We’ve got to do some governing’

by JENNIFER EPSTEIN, Politico.com  |  published on February 26, 2013

President Obama urged compromise Monday as he pushed congressional Republicans to reach an agreement to avoid big spending cuts due to take effect at the end of the week.

“There are always going to be some areas where we have genuine disagreement … but there are more areas where we can do a lot more cooperating than we have seen in the past couple years,” Obama told a meeting of the National Governors Association at the White House.

“At some point, we’ve got to do some governing. And, certainly, we can’t keep careening from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis.”

Turning to sequestration, Obama turned his appeal to Republicans, who the administration wants to see agree to revenue-raising measures.

“These cuts do not have to happen,” he said. “Congress can turn them off anytime with just a little bit of compromise.”

“To do so, Democrats — like me — need to acknowledge that we’re going to have to make modest reforms in Medicare if we want the program there for future generations” and to keep funding education, research and infrastructure, he said. “I’ve made that commitment” in budget proposals.

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