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September 8th, 2011
06:03 AM ET

Talk Back: How should the president handle the country's divisiveness in his speech tonight?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

At tonight's speech, President Obama will not only face a bitterly divided Congress, but also a bitterly divided nation.

Some Republicans have already dismissed Obama's speech, saying any proposal from the president will amount to little more than a continuation of what they characterize as his failed 2009 stimulus plan. A few Republicans, such as Congressman Walsh and Senator Vitter, don't even plan on attending. Instead, Rep. Walsh will engage in a "Twitter town hall" meeting and Sen. Vitter will host a NFL football party.

This has left many commentators, such as columnist Paul Krugman, wondering why the president should even bother with bipartisanship because Republicans will "oppose anything Mr. Obama proposes."

However, there are Republican leaders who have said that they are willing to work with the president. In a letter to Mr. Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor wrote, "It is also critical that our differences not preclude us from taking action in areas where there is common agreement. We should not approach this as an all or nothing situation."

Talk Back: How should the president handle the country's divisiveness in his speech tonight?

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