WASHINGTON (November 28, 2012)--The White House says President Barack Obama will meet privately Thursday with his former rival Mitt Romney in what will be their first face-to-face encounter since the election.
Mr. Obama promised in his victory speech on Nov. 6 to engage with Romney and consider his ideas.
The meeting comes as Mr. Obama and congressional Republicans negotiate a way out of automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts that have come to be known as the fiscal cliff.
Mr. Obama and Romney differed sharply during the campaign on how revive the economy.
Mr. Obama called for higher taxes on the rich while Romney called for lower taxes on all.
The White House says the two men will meet in the White House's private dining room.
There will be no press coverage.
In the days after his loss, Romney told top donors that the president was re-elected because of the "gifts" Mr. Obama had provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters.
Many Republican officials, eager to move on quickly after the loss, disputed Romney's comments and urged the party to focus on being more inclusive.
While he's in Washington, according to a former campaign aide, Romney will also meet with former running mate Paul Ryan who's back on Capitol Hill, involved in negotiations to avert the automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to take effect in January.