Obama says willing to talk to Republicans, but not under duress

WASHINGTON Tue Oct 8, 2013 2:35pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the continuing government shutdown from the White House Briefing Room in Washington, October 8, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the continuing government shutdown from the White House Briefing Room in Washington, October 8, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday that a U.S. debt default could wreak havoc and he would talk to congressional Republicans about any topic but urged them to raise the debt limit without conditions.

Obama said he told House Speaker John Boehner in a phone call that he would not hold talks under the threat of a debt default or of keeping the government shut.

(Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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NEWAGER wrote:
Democrats have had conditions on raising the debt ceiling in the past. This is nothing new. When Obama was a senator he made a big deal about raising the debt limit and voted against it. He just needs to build a bridge and get over it.

Oct 08, 2013 2:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
speaker12 wrote:
So, if youy tell the same lies over and over again, perhaps some folks will believe you. Nice going OB. He is willing to talk after he gets what he wants and then he still won’t compromise. Would you buy a used car from this guy?

Oct 08, 2013 2:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
actnow wrote:
And as usual, the President will do absolutely zero about the hemmoraging deficits during the “talks”. He seems to deliberatley seek the absolute collapse of our finances. He will do nothing unless forced.

Oct 08, 2013 3:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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