Posted: Aug 13, 2013 10:53 AM by Associated Press
LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) - Outspoken conservatives in western North Carolina don't want compromise on Capitol Hill unless it comes from President Barack Obama and other Democrats.
Many Republicans delivered that message to Congressman Patrick McHenry as he launched a series of public question-and-answer sessions while Congress is on summer break. They told McHenry that the GOP should not pay for Obama's health care law, refuse to raise the nation's debt limit and generally intensify opposition to the White House and Democratic Senate.
Similar attitudes are evident at town-hall meetings around the country. That's uncomfortable for some Republicans as they try to maintain good standing with the right heading into 2014 elections. McHenry has to delicately explain why he doesn't support a national credit default or a government shut-down as ways to battle Obama.
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