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Obama urges Congress to act in election year
Obama urges House Democrats to work with Republicans if they put politics aside
By The Associated Press

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) ' President Barack Obama told House Democrats Friday to be ready to work with Republicans if they show a willingness to put politics aside even "for just a nanosecond," but to stay firm and push back if the GOP stands in the way.

"Where they obstruct, where they're unwilling to act, where they're more interested in party than they are in country, more interested in the next election than the next generation, then we've got to call them out on it," Obama said at the annual House Democratic caucus retreat. "We've got to push. We can't wait, we can't be held back."

Coming off a three-day tour to promote his State of the Union message, Obama promised a "robust debate" with Republicans once they choose their nominee.

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