Explainer: 'Slurpee Summit' attendees

  • It’s been dubbed as the “Slurpee Summit,” named after the drink that the president said Republicans were standing by sipping while Democrats struggled to get the economy going.

    “I don't know about a Slurpee. How about a glass of merlot?” Boehner replied when asked about the meeting, meant to be a post-midterm discussion on bipartisanship.

    Here's a look at the summit's attendees ... and what they've recently said about working with the other side of the aisle.

  • President Barack Obama

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    President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    “... The most important contest we face is not the contest between Democrats and Republicans. In this century, the most important competition we face is between America and our economic competitors around the world. To win that competition and to continue our economic leadership, we're going to need to be strong and we're going to need to be united ... As I said before, no person, no party has a monopoly on wisdom. And that's why I'm eager to hear good ideas wherever they come from, whoever proposes them. And that's why I believe it's important to have an honest and civil debate about the choices that we face.” (Nov. 3)

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

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    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

    “I think the main message that we should have received last night ... is that the people of Nevada and the American people want us to work together ... Now it's time to get back to work, do what is needed to re-right the economy and create jobs ... I'm hopeful and confident that when the dust settles that the Republicans will no longer want to stop everything and we'll work together.” (Nov. 3)

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (outgoing)

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    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    I believe that we established a great foundation ... Now, it remains to the Republicans and Democrats to work together to build on that, and go forward ... We believe that the fundamentals are in place, that job creation didn't come soon enough, but it is on the way if we can accelerate that ... Many of our solutions have been market-oriented, have been private sector initiatives, that have had the support of the Republicans in the past. And so, hopefully, again, we can find common ground based on public incentive, but a private role ... John Boehner is a very amiable person. He has many friends in the Congress, and hopefully, he can continue, he will continue to have those relationships as he goes forward, and that his conference will allow him to do that.” (Nov. 3)

  • House Minority Leader John Boehner (incoming Speaker)

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    House Republican Leader John Boehner.

    “Last night, the president was kind enough to call me. We discussed working together on the American people's priorities, cutting spending, creating jobs. And we hope that he will continue to be willing to work with us on those priorities. But, as I said last night, the new majority here in Congress will be the voice of the American people, and I think we clearly expressed that last night. We're going to continue and renew our efforts for a smaller, less costly and more accountable government here in Washington, D.C.” (Nov. 3)

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

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    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
    “I think the group that should hopefully get the message out of yesterday's elections is our friends on the other side of the aisle. And we hope that they will pivot in a different direction, work with us on things like spending and debt, and trade agreements, and nuclear power, and clean-coal technology and other things the president has said that he's for that most of my members are for ... It seems to me the best strategy for the other side would be to listen to the voters yesterday. They made a clear statement about what they'd like to see done. If the president comes in our direction, obviously, we want to make progress for the country over the next two years.” (Nov. 3)


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