Baldacci optimistic after meeting with Obama

Posted Dec. 06, 2008, at 1:38 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci says the nation’s governors left their meeting with President-elect Barack Obama with a sense of optimism that transcended party lines.

In his weekly radio address, Baldacci says there’s a time for campaigning and a time for governing, and “right now our country needs our lawmakers to govern.”

Baldacci says Obama told governors that he’s committed to reaching across the aisle to solve problems. And the governor says he’s hopeful that by displaying the same bipartisan spirit as Obama state lawmakers will be able to make difficult decisions that lie ahead on the state budget.

Baldacci met with Obama at the National Governors Association meeting Tuesday in Philadelphia, where Obama outlined an economic stimulus plan that could exceed $500 billion over two years.