White House snubs McConnell invitation to Obama

WASHINGTON Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:51pm EDT

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) makes a point about his meeting with President Barack Obama regarding the country's debt ceiling, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington May 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) makes a point about his meeting with President Barack Obama regarding the country's debt ceiling, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington May 12, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House effectively turned down an invitation by Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell for President Barack Obama to visit his members on Capitol Hill on Thursday to discuss raising the debt limit.

White House press secretary Jay Carney, while not directly saying the invitation had been rejected, said Obama did not need to hear Republicans tell him what they would not support.

That, Carney said, was "not a conversation worth having."

(Reporting by Alister Bull)

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Comments (103)
bck555 wrote:
What a spoiled manchild. Why would he reject their offer to meet after saying yesterday that HE was standing by waiting to discuss issues? He refuses to hear what reality sounds like. It doesn’t match a socialist’s fantasy.

Jun 30, 2011 1:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JJJJ12 wrote:
When Obama does not want to cozy up to a RINO like McConnell then they must think they have the Republicans in a good spot to score political points. The partisan rhetoric about to come from Obama should be amusing.

Jun 30, 2011 1:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AirFrank wrote:
@BDBJONES – The only greed here are the slackers who pay zero federal income tax who want to raise the taxes on those who do pay. I suspect that would be you. The government does not have a revenue problem, they collect almost $2 trillion. What they have is a spending problem. Spending on things like education which they have no Constitutional authority to do. Time to quit squandering the people’s money.

Jun 30, 2011 1:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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