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Obama: I Can Work with Republicans, but Not GOP Leadership

Barack Obama

President Obama said today that he is at odds with Republican leadership in Congress -- but not necessarily Republican voters.

There are conservative and Republican voters that may disagree with some of his policies but have "basically recognized we've got to solve some big problems," Mr. Obama said on NBC's "Today Show."

Yet while regular Republicans may be willing to work together to achieve solutions, the president said that Republican leaders are instead putting forward "a set of policies that are just irresponsible."

"They say they want to balance the budget, [and] they propose $4 trillion in tax cuts," Mr. Obama said. "That's not a serious approach."

The president acknowledged that with unemployment still high, many Americans are still waiting for him to provide concrete solutions to their problems. He said, however, that voters should nevertheless turn to Democrats for solutions this November.

"The question for voters is ... who is putting forward policies that have a chance to move our country forward," he said.

Stephanie Condon is a political reporter for You can read more of her posts here. Follow Hotsheet on Facebook and Twitter.