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Obama, Romney To Meet For Lunch At The White House Tomorrow

Upon securing re-election, President Barack Obama said he’d reach out to Mitt Romney to exchange ideas. A few weeks later, that plan appears to have materialized. Indeed, the two will be sitting down for a private lunch on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

The lunch, which will be in the White House’s private dining room, marks their first meeting since the election.

Via the AP:

The meeting comes as Obama and congressional Republicans negotiate a way out of automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts that have come to be known as the fiscal cliff.

Obama and Romney differed sharply during the campaign on how revive the economy. Obama called for higher taxes on the rich. Romney called for lower taxes on all.

Here’s the statement released by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney (via email):

Statement by the Press Secretary

On Thursday, Governor Romney will have a private lunch at the White House with President Obama in the Private Dining Room. It will be the first opportunity they have had to visit since the election. There will be no press coverage of the meeting.

CNN’s Paul Steinhauser reported that Obama will also be meeting with Romney’s former running mate, Paul Ryan. Much to the chagrin of many, there will be no press coverage.

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