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Obama: No Political Party Dictates Direction

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says no political party will be able to dictate the direction the country will take. A day after Republicans won back control of the House and increased their numbers in the Senate, the president says each political party has certain beliefs and principles that neither one is willing to compromise on.

President Barack Obama says he still sees an opportunity to overturn the military's ban on gay service members during Congress' upcoming lame-duck session. On Wednesday Obama said repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy should not be a partisan issue. He says lawmakers must end the uncertainty created by lawsuits that leave gay service members and the Pentagon in legal
limbo.

Opponents of the ban worry that the window to repeal the policy is shrinking now that Republicans have taken control of the House and gained seats in the Senate.

The President also says he could have found a better balance between regulating businesses and making his support for the private sector clear.

Obama has faced accusations that his administration has been antibusiness. He said he realizes he needs to make clear to the business community, and the country, that the most important thing the administration can do is to boost and encourage the business
sector and make sure businesses can hire.

He said setting the right tone publicly is important and could make a difference in how businesses decide to spend their money. The president said that setting that tone is one of the things he didn't manage as well as he needed to.

Obama spoke at a White House press conference Wednesday on Democrats' midterm election drubbing.

 

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