Obama Seeks to Hold Democrats Together in Election Year

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is trying to tamp down internal Democratic divisions on issues like trade and energy, as lawmakers in his own party show little reluctance to publicly break with the White House.

Obama met one-on-one Monday with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has sharply opposed the president's proposal to let Congress vote quickly on international trade pacts.

The president also will meet with House Democrats on Tuesday and Senate Democrats on Wednesday, when he's likely to face more pushback on the Keystone XL pipeline and health care, particularly from lawmakers who will face voters in November.

White House officials have tried to dismiss the intraparty divisions, saying they're aware of the election-year pressures driving some Democrats to oppose Obama on high-profile issues.

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