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Obama says 'tough compromises' needed in fiscal cliff talks

Published on Nov 16, 2012 11:55 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that Democrats and Republicans needed to make "tough compromises" in order to overcome divisions over deficit reduction and avoid the fiscal cliff.

"Our challenge is to make sure that we're able to cooperate together, work together, find some common ground, make some tough compromises, build some consensus to do the people's business," Mr Obama said as talks opened between the two sides.