Rep. Pence Can't Name One Compromise He's Willing To Accept

January 29, 2010 6:03 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

During his meeting with House Republicans today, President Obama faulted the GOP's over-the-top attacks for the lack of bipartisan cooperation on health reform.  "You've given yourselves very little room to room to work in a bipartisan fashion," Obama said.  "Because what you've been telling your constituents is, 'this guy's doing all kinds of crazy stuff that is going to destroy America.'"

A few hours later, in an interview on MSNBC's Hardball With Chris Matthews, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) was asked what specific compromise Republicans would be willing to accept to pass health reform.  Pence was visibly befuddled by the seemingly simple question. 

"Well, look, you know, I was, uh, yeah, yeah, look, uh" Pence stammered, before finally saying that Republicans support allowing Americans to buy insurance across state lines (which is a GOP proposal in the first place). 

"Clearly, the American people have rejected this massive multi-thousand-page government takeover of health care," he added.