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Obama: I have to work harder to build consensus


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he has spoken to the Republican leaders of the House and Senate and told them he looks forward to working together.

The president said some election nights are more fun than others. He said that regardless of who wins or loses, the outcome is a reminder that power in this country rests not with elected officials but with the people they serve.

Obama spoke at a news conference Wednesday in the East Room of the White House.

The president said the midterm election results showed voter frustration with the pace of economic recovery. The president said he takes "direct responsibility" for not making as much progress as necessary. But he avoided casting the results as a repudiation of his policies.

President Barack Obama says he will have to work harder to build consensus in Washington following midterm elections that ensured divided government.

Obama said that while he is not naive about the difficulty of building bipartisanship, the American people don't want politicians to fight the recent political battles for another two years. The president says he still believes there is hope for civility in politics.

Democrats lost control of the House in Tuesday's midterm elections and lost seats in the Senate. The results were widely seen as a repudiation of Obama's agenda.

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