What can Americans expect in Washington?

Posted at: 11/07/2012 5:56 PM
Updated at: 11/07/2012 6:12 PM
By: Ray Levato

Bringing both parties together is no doubt going to be one of the greatest challenges ahead for the president. Republicans still have control of the house and democrats are in power in the Senate.

The President's victory speech and Mitt Romney's concession speech seemed to suggest a possible new spirit of cooperation in Washington.

Voters in downtown Rochester say the country needs the politicians to do what's best for the American people.

Jill Smith said, “We need to have cooperation, but I think that the people who are elected need to understand they were hired by the American people and that they have to do the job they were hired to do which is not to bicker.”

Seth Rhea said, “I definitely think that is the problem in Washington that the two parties don't really work together as they should. So I think it's great. I hope it actually happens.”

News 10 NBC's Brett Davidsen asked Congresswoman Louise Slaughter at Tuesday night's victory celebration what can Americans expect from Washington in the next four years?

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, (D) 27th Congressional District, said, “Well, I hope there is a major change there, and that is that Obama will not be running for re-election. And I hope that all those people who voted the last four years making sure he had no success will change their minds now and help us all work together to rebuild America. And I think that will happen.”

Congressman-elect Chris Collins said in Buffalo Wednesday he would take the president at his word, but realizing there are real differences between the parties.

Democrat Dan Maffei took back his Syracuse-area seat from Republican First-Term Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle,  although she's not conceded yet. That new district is no longer in Monroe County but does stretch into Wayne County. Republican Tom Reed was re-elected in the southern tier.
News10NBC put a call into his campaign staff Wednesday for comment on the president's remarks -- but did not hear back.