02/24/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Offers Proposals In Stimulus Plan That "Appear Designed Specifically To Attract Republicans"

President Obama ramped up his personal lobbying campaign for an economic recovery package that would cost at least $820 billion, holding his first bipartisan gathering of congressional leaders at the White House yesterday and releasing a report this morning with proposals to win over more supporters for swift passage of the plan.

Obama, who has seen GOP support for the package evaporate in the past week, hinted yesterday that he is open to compromise on business tax breaks but also bluntly rejected some Republican proposals to reduce spending in the plan, lawmakers and aides said, arguing that he believes he has a mandate to promote his own ideas.

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