WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama is to speak to House Republicans in Baltimore today to try and forge some common ground with a caucus that has largely stood in firm opposition to his biggest legislative priorities to date.
One of his biggest critics — Rep. Michele Bachmann — won’t be there to hear it.
Bachmann is in California today, and through the weekend, spokesman Dave Dziok said, adding that the trip was scheduled before the president’s appearance was confirmed.
Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen will both be on hand to hear Obama, their respective offices confirmed.
Paulsen took to Twitter shortly before noon to express his hopes for the meeting: “At GOP retreat — Prez will meet with us shortly. Said he wants to listen & work together. Hope he’ll take some of our ideas to heart.”