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February 2nd, 2010
09:38 AM ET

We can work with Obama

Jason Chaffetz
Special to CNN

The open, honest, and unscripted exchange between President Obama and House Republicans on Friday was a promising step in what I hope will be a more collaborative relationship between the president and the GOP conference.

Regardless of which party holds power, we all lose when government cannot move public policy forward. Gridlock only exacerbates the "deficit of trust" President Obama referenced in his State of the Union address. As much as I'd like to be in the majority, my first obligation is to the people who elected me. And they deserve a government that can get things done.

I am and have been willing to work with this president. But like my Republican colleagues, I must do so within the boundaries of the principles I promised voters to uphold.

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