WASHINGTON — Oklahoma members of Congress said Wednesday they were ready to work with president-elect Barack Obama on the pressing issues confronting the nation, but cautioned they also intend to stick to their conservative principles. "I’m kind of like a lot of people,” said Rep. Dan Boren, the only Democrat in the state’s seven-person delegation. "I’m wondering what kind of president he will be.” Boren, of Muskogee, said he’s hoping Obama "governs as a centrist” and reaches out to the so-called Blue Dog Democrats, a group of conservative House Democrats of which Boren is a member. "I’m going to be the most hopeful, optimistic person out there,” Boren said. U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, issued a statement lauding Obama’s achievement and said Republicans should accept his offer to "heal the divides that have held back progress.” Democrats gained seats in the Senate and House, giving Obama even more clout on Capitol Hill. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, a member of the House Republican leadership team, said Republican lawmakers will present "a loyal but principled opposition.” "You can usually count on Democrats to be Democrats and they usually overreach,” Cole said. But, he said, "If they really govern from the center, I think we can find some common ground and move ahead.” Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, said, "I think it’s important that we all come together to work on what’s best for our nation.” She said she was ready to see bipartisan action on issues like energy independence, immigration reform and health care costs. But, she said, she ran for Congress intending to keep taxes and spending low and the nation secure and wouldn’t compromise on those principles.
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