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The president will have twelve Republican senators over for dinner expected to open the conversation the president's new budget which will come out earlier that day.
We hear -- calls for -- to social security and other entitlement programs.
That would be a first for this president but it also includes more tax hikes Georgia Republicans Johnny Isaacson will not only break bread with the president.
He put together the invite list the senator who sits on the finance committee.
Is our guest now and it's always good to talk to you sir thanks very much for being -- why do you think the president reached out to you to help organize this second get together with Republican senators.
Well I think over time you'll reach out to the entire conference I was honored that he column and I guess maybe thought I could find eleven other friends to come to -- we fortunately.
Do that is the president honest broker here someone you can trust someone you can make a deal with.
Not sold houses for 33 years for eleven on never made a deal with us -- table and working things out.
This is a good first maybe we can find some common ground we got big problems we need big solutions.
You will led -- had a chance to read the president's budget proposal tomorrow by time you sit down with him at the White House but reports are already trickling out we mentioned a couple of the key points in the introduction here.
A based on what you've heard so far what do you like what he would not like.
Well I haven't seen the whole document but what I like is the fact the president appears to be willing to embrace true reform in terms of entitlements and we'll never get our arms around -- Deficit and our national debt unless we do that.
He's got some taxes and things like that that I might have issue about but he he didn't put prerequisites and there I think we've got an obligation to send them on on across the table.
From those areas where we can reach agreement and begin the process over time of solving a big big problem for our country.
No way that you're never going to get the president to go along with everything that you and -- Republican colleagues would like -- -- Do you feel as though you could actually get -- -- move enough to the point where a deal could be done.
If people want to make a deal -- deals there to be made reforming of entitlements getting our arms around spending.
Taken look at the corporate tax code and reforming -- it's possible to be done and people of goodwill can do it.
If he if if he gets resistance though from Republicans he's going to be able to say to the American people look I proposed.
Cuts to entitlement programs I went ahead and did something.
That my party is not happy with that I said I wouldn't do.
And -- Republicans are gonna laps.
Be left standing there I'm just wondering how Republicans exploited to the American people.
That they're not gonna go along with the deal offered by the president that proposes cuts to entitlement program.
Well you know a deal -- -- that you have shared sacrifice particularly when you have two different philosophies Republican Democrat conservative -- liberal coming together.
I think we'll look for a way to find shared sacrifice and make a deal and not point fingers at each other.
It seems though that this White House and a lot of Democrats up on the hill.
Are engaged in a concerted effort to -- members of your party has extremists whether we're talking about.
The budget whether we're talking about gay marriage whether we're talking about gun control legislation.
It's an effort that's being played out in a lot of the mainstream media every single day is -- working do you get the sense that it's working.
America is not a nation of extremists both parties we'll have some extreme folks but the middle is where we've got to find common ground.
Right of center is where America is that's where I am and that's where -- intends.
And on the issue of -- since we just heard from my colleague Wendell Goler at the White House talking about this gun control legislation you are one of those.
Senators who has said he will not sign on to a filibuster.
What would you say to those Republicans who say that they will filibuster.
Any kind of stronger gun control laws.
Well everybody's entitled to their own opinion but I think there's no ambivalence on Capitol Hill listed -- -- position on guns.
I think we're obligated to vote nine tend to vote.
So an up or down vote is what you think should happen.
That's correct I'm not gonna vote for a ban on weapons I'm not gonna vote for limitation on -- his.
I'll wait and see what they talk about on on background checks that hadn't even read yet.
Johnny -- and senate Republican senator from the state of Georgia helping organize the dinner.
Between the president and Republican senators tomorrow night at the White House enjoy the dinner we look forward to hearing what comes from it.
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