Obama To Anti-Compromise Republicans: "That's Not Why The People Sent You Here"

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GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: How about beyond the deficit? You were, you know, reelected a little more than a year ago, 332 electoral votes. 51% of the vote. First president since Eisenhower to do it twice. You put gun control at the top of the agenda, immigration reform, climate change. All of it stalled or reversing. How do you answer the argument that– beyond the deficit, this has been a lost year? And how do you save it?

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well on immigration reform for example we got a terrific bipartisan vote out of the Senate– that showed that there is a recognition from all quarters, from business, from labor, from– the clergy, from farm interests, that– a sensible immigration policy will grow our economy, make us stronger. So you had Democrats and Republicans in the Senate come together, come up with a bill that wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t my bill, but got the job done. It’s now sitting there in the House.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Not going anywhere.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well– but what I will say is this: If Speaker Boehner put that bill on the floor of the House of Representatives right now, it would pass. It would pass. So the question then is not whether or not– the ideas that we’ve put forward can garner a majority of support certainly in the country. I mean gun control, we had 80-90% of the country that– that agreed with it.

The problem we have is we have a– faction of the Republican Party– in the House of Representatives in particular, that view “compromise” as a dirty word, and anything that– is even remotely associated with me, they feel obliged to oppose. And my argument to them is real simple. That’s not why the people sent you here.

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