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GOP: It will be up to Obama to cooperate

Oct. 17, 2010 at 12:23 PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A leading Republican senator said Sunday that chances for cooperation in the next Congress will depend on U.S. President Barack Obama.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, who is heading the GOP Senate campaign, said on "Fox News Sunday," "Well, I think it depends on the president.

"If the president's going to maintain his ideological stance and try to jam things through to support the left in America, when we're still a center-right country, then we're going to -- we're going to say no," he said.

"But if he's willing to work with us, as Bill Clinton did after the 1994 elections to pass things like welfare reform, trade agreements and the like, we'll certainly work with him."

Speaking for the Democrats, Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri responded, "I'm hoping that if this election produces anything, it will be the ability to come together. I'm worried because of these extreme [Republican] candidates that appear to be on the verge of winning in some states."

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