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February 06, 2013

Obama speech to Democrats closed, Biden speech to Democrats open

When Vice President Joe Biden speaks to House Democrats tonight at their retreat in Leesburg, the speech will be open to the media.

But when President Barack Obama spoke to Senate Democrats earlier Wednesday at their retreat in Annapolis, reporters were not allowed inside.

That decision led to a complaint or two by the media.

White House Jay Carney revealed little about the meeting Wednesday except to say, just before the event, that it would likely include fiscal issues, immigration and gun control.

"The president will talk about all the work that the Senate is doing -- Senate Democrats are doing with the administration in a coordinated way," he said.

Obama met with senators for more than two hours. After a brief opening statement, he answered questions from 10 senators for an hour and visited with groups of senators seated at tables.


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