Seeking to reclaim leadership on debt talks, President Obama on Monday night made a last-minute strenuous pitch that tax increases to be included in any deal, but Republicans’ top negotiator, House Speaker John A. Boehner, said the president himself is now the chief roadblock to reaching an agreement.
In a hastily-arranged prime-time speech from the White House’s East Room, Mr. Obama tried to rally voters to demand Republicans compromise, warning of “sparking a deep economic crisis” if the GOP doesn’t cave.
“The American people may have voted for divided government, but they didn’t vote for a dysfunctional government,” the president said in a hastily arranged prime-time speech from the White House’s East Room. “So I’m asking you all to make your voice heard. If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your Member of Congress know. If you believe we can solve this problem through compromise, send that message.”
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