06/18/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Quietly Reaching Out To GOP On Health Care

President Barack Obama's first date with House Republicans didn't end so well: He made a high-profile trip to the Capitol to ask for their help with his economic stimulus plan, and they said no -- unanimously, twice.

Now Obama is trying again -- more quietly and with a smaller group of moderate Republicans who might be more willing to say yes. The goal: Try to get at least some Republicans
to back big-ticket items such as Obama's health care plan, but avoid the public spectacle of being rejected a second time around.

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