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GOP senators break bread with Obama

Published: Friday, Aug. 28 2015 9:29 a.m. MDT

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., left, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Ok., center left, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., center right, and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., depart the Jefferson Hotel after a dinner meeting hosted by President Barack Obama for a few Republican Senators in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Obama's efforts are aimed at jumpstarting budget talks and rallying support for his proposals on immigration and gun control.  (Cliff Owen, Associated Press) Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., left, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Ok., center left, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., center right, and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., depart the Jefferson Hotel after a dinner meeting hosted by President Barack Obama for a few Republican Senators in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Obama's efforts are aimed at jumpstarting budget talks and rallying support for his proposals on immigration and gun control. (Cliff Owen, Associated Press)

MSNBC writes about a Wednesday night discussion that Obama held over dinner with twelve Republican senators.

"Twelve Republican senators joined President Obama for dinner at the Jefferson Hotel Wednesday night in Washington–an unusual social showing between the president and a party that has sought to block him at every turn over the last four years.

"Several of the senators spoke positively about the experience and reported being heartened by the president’s outreach.

"'I am more optimistic, just from a personal standpoint. Having been in the group of eight, it’s tough sledding,' said Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb. 'These are very difficult issues, but I do think there’s a real fatigue in just going from crisis to crisis. But tonight was a good first step. A good step.'

“'It was a good meal, it was a good experience,' added Sen. Tom Coburn on Thursday’s Morning Joe. The group discussed the fiscal fights over the budget, funding the government and raising the debt ceiling, as well as entitlement reform.

"Sen. Coburn highlighted the rarity of the event as a serious problem.

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