Minnesota's House Republicans attend rare meeting with Obama

Minnesota's three House Republicans were on hand during a rare meeting with President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

Obama hasn't met with the House Republicans as a group for nearly three years.

Second District Rep. John Kline said the tone inside the room was respectful but there was no breakthrough on the big issues of taxes and spending.

"I didn't walk out of there saying, 'wow, look at this, look at all these things we agree on, we're going to get this stuff done.' There's a lot of hard work if we're going to get legislation passed," Kline said.

Sixth District Rep. Michele Bachmann had hoped to replace Obama but dropped out of the presidential race in early 2012. She said Obama would not get into detail with the GOP about his fiscal plans.

"He talked about the fact that he was willing to do hard things but he was never willing to state what those hard things were," Bachmann said.

Obama met with Senate Democrats on Tuesday and meets with Senate Republicans and House Democrats on Thursday.

Your support matters.

You make MPR News possible. Individual donations are behind the clarity in coverage from our reporters across the state, stories that connect us, and conversations that provide perspectives. Help ensure MPR remains a resource that brings Minnesotans together.