President Obama, reflecting on his party’s historic losses in Congress, appealed Wednesday for both sides of the aisle to find “common ground” while continuing to stand by the policies that were used to hammer his party’s candidates in the midterm election.
Asked to describe how Tuesday night’s losses felt after such a hard-fought campaign, Obama answered bluntly: “It feels bad.”
Republican leaders, in a series of speeches since Tuesday night’s victories, have called on Obama to move toward the center. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, calling the election a “referendum” on Obama’s policies, pointedly said Wednesday that the Democrats can either “work with us” or face another “change” election in 2012.
Obama on Wednesday directly attributed GOP gains to frustration over the economy, declining to sign on to claims that it was a referendum on his decisions.