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Face Off: Liberal And Conservative Democrats Huddle To Reach Public Option Compromise


Those in attendance were tight-lipped about the developments, describing the meetings, in broad terms, as positive and productive.

Brown, who said yesterday that he was not interested in further compromise on the public option, would not comment on the deliberations.

"It was a good meeting, we're making progress," Harkin said. "There's two sides and there's a middle and that's where we're going to wind up."

For his part, Carper told reporters the Senators discussed "every [public option] alternative under the sun."

I asked him if his proposal had won the day.

"In a strange way, maybe it has," Carper said, laughing.

The same group plans to convene again over the weekend, as they work toward a final solution.

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