The roughly two-and-a-half hour dinner was off the record, but Toomey said it was a "very cordial and very candid meeting" -- and his first chance to dine with the president.
"I think there are areas where we could reach common ground, I think that is possible, but it’s not going to happen over one dinner," Toomey said in a telephone interview. "If this were easy we would have done it years ago when it comes to solving our fiscal problems, reforming our entitlement programs, fixing our tax code."
Toomey said each of those issues present possible areas for compromise, but he declined to discuss specifics, noting that the details of the dinner were meant to be private.
"This was a beginning of a process," he said. "There's a lot of work left to do."