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Civic, Progressive Groups Press Message with Obama

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November 16, 2012

After his highly anticipated meeting with congressional leaders on Friday morning, President Obama took the afternoon to meet with leaders of progressive and civic organizations on Friday--or, more bluntly, his base.

The group of 10 seemed at ease and candid after spending over an hour with the president. Sister Simone Campbell, of Network, a national Catholic social justice lobby, said the president started the meeting by saying, "Thank you, in a non-partisan way."

Deepa Iyer, chair of the National Council of Asian-Pacific Americans, said 73 percent of her community members voted for Obama in last week's election, and that they now expect to see their issues--including immigration reform--be taken into consideration during fiscal cliff negotiations.

The only point of contention between the two parties came over entitlements. AARP CEO Barry Rand said he and the president agreed that Social Security would not be touched during fiscal cliff negotiations. But regarding changes to Medicare and Medicaid, Rand said "we will continue to have those conversations."

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