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January 14th, 2013
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No Labels wants to get Republicans and Democrats talking – party co-leaders Huntsman and Manchin explain

From CNN's Political Ticker:

By CNN's Kevin Liptak

(CNN) – As Americans remain fed-up with Congress, who are largely seen as "do-nothing," one group is setting aside talk of action and starting with a more modest goal: talking.

"The only way we're going to get traction on the issues that really do matter - whether it's balancing budgets, energy, immigration, you name it - is to get some people, Republicans and Democrats alike, who agree to meet on a regular basis and focus on problem solving," Jon Huntsman, a national leader of the group "No Labels," said Monday on CNN's "Starting Point."

Huntsman, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate and former governor of Utah, said the partisan temperature in Washington had reached a "boiling point" that prevents members of opposing parties from cooperating. His group is unveiling a list of current lawmakers at an event in New York Monday who plan to meet on a regular basis in an attempt to lower the heat in the Capitol.

Huntsman is joined by Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia, as a national leader of No Labels. Manchin said Monday that in his two years as a lawmaker in Washington, he has yet to attend a bipartisan meeting of senators "where Democrats and Republicans talked about the problems of the day, to try to find commonality."

"Whether you're a Democrat or Republican, whether you're a conservative or liberal, and you really want to get things done, you have to be able to have that dialogue," Manchin continued. "Never did I think I would go to the Senate and make history in being the least productive Congress in the history of our country. I'm frustrated, and I want to do things."

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  1. Brian

    "No Labels" was created IMMEDIATELY after Republicans lost the White House in an effort to remove blame from REPUBLICANS who did so much damage to our economy and foreign policy in the preceding years.

    It is STILL important to LABEL and point fingers, naming names of those who are guilty in undermining our economy and everything else that this nation stands for.

    "No Labels" is a sham by Conservatives and should be rejected entirely.

    January 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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