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Meeting with the President

March 10, 2009
Press Release

Today I had the privilege of meeting with President Obama in my capacity as Vice Chair of the New Democrat Coalition (NDC).  The NDC is the House’s largest coalition of 68 centrist Democrats, focused on a pro-growth agenda.


I think the best part of the meeting was when President Obama told us that he feels very comfortable with the NDC, because he considers himself a “New Democrat.” I believe there is tremendous opportunity for partnership between the White House and the NDC, because this group of members represents much of what President Obama campaigned on – bipartisanship, common sense, and investing in our future.  From health care technology to regulatory reform, economic revitalization to expanded trade – our shared commitments are great. 

The President believes that he can and needs to work with the NDC not only because of the votes we carry, but because we are focused on advancing a pragmatic and solution-oriented policy agenda. This will be a key partnership moving forward.

Read more about the meeting in the Eau Claire Leader Telegram.