Pence goes for the jugular with Obama 

Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., fired the opening shot at President Barack Obama, who visited Republicans at their retreat in Baltimore and pledged to listen to their ideas.

Pence pointed out that the jobless rate has climbed from 6 percent to 10 percent since Obama took office, which prompted Obama to launch into lengthy answer that essentially pinned a good portion of the increase on Bush administration policies and said his administration did not realize how bad the job loss would get. He also defended provisions in the $787 stimulus bill.

Pence asked Obama if he would "consider across the board tax relief," like that proposed by President John F. Kennedy.

"I am going to take a look at what you are proposing," Obama said. "What you may consider across the board tax cuts, could be greater tax cuts for people who are making a billion dollars." Obama said he won't give tax cuts to the banking industry, for instance.

"If you are calling for across the board tax cuts and say we are going to somehow balance our budget, I want to take a look at your math," Obama said.

Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., has just asked Obama if he would reconsider his desire to pass a bill limiting carbon emissions with a cap and trade system that would fine polluters.

"These are job killing policies," Capito said.

Obama admitted there is a "serious disagreement" with Republicans and that "cleaner forms of energy are going to be increasingly important. Even if some folks are skeptical about climate change, the world is not skeptical," and the country needs to lead in clean energy development.

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