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White House: Obama to meet Romney Thursday

10:30 AM, Nov 28, 2012   |    comments
US President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shake hands following the second presidential debate at the David Mack Center at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, October 16, 2012, moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama will meet privately Thursday with his vanquished rival Mitt Romney, their first face-to-face encounter since the election.
 
Obama promised in his victory speech on Nov. 6 to engage with Romney and consider his ideas.
 
The meeting comes as Obama and congressional Republicans negotiate a way out of automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts that have come to be known as the fiscal cliff.
 
Obama and Romney differed sharply during the campaign on how revive the economy. Obama called for higher taxes on the rich. Romney called for lower taxes on all.
 
The White House says the two men will meet in the White House's private dining room. There will be no press coverage.

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