Boehner & Obama's war of words
Monday brings fresh pointed rhetoric
New pointed rhetoric on Monday over the government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling deadline from President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.
Not long after the president reiterated that he won't negotiate with Congress while the country's in a government shutdown and under the threat of a possible debt default, House Speaker John Boehner took to the floor of the chamber to respond.
"The president had us all down to the White House last week, only to remind me that he was not going to negotiate over keeping the government open or over the looming need to increase the debt limit," Boehner said. "The president's refusal to negotiate is hurting our economy and putting our country at risk."
Boehner then highlighted comments from two senior White House economic advisers, including Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, who said earlier Monday that Obama "is not going to sanction negotiations with any factions that are using the threat of default as a way of extracting policy in our democracy."
Boehner said "a senior White House official said that the president would rather default than to sit down and negotiate.
"Really? The president, I will say this again, a senior White House staffer, this morning said that the president would rather default on our debt than to sit down and negotiate."
"Now the American people expect when their leaders have differences, we're in a time of crisis, that we'll sit down and at least have a conversation. Really, Mr. President, it's time to have that conversation before our economy is put further at risk," Boehner concluded.
Earlier Monday, while speaking at FEMA, the president also repeated that he won't negotiate under the gun, saying "we're not going to establish that pattern," adding that "we're not going to negotiate under the threat of a prolonged shutdown until Republicans get 100% of what they want" or under the threat of "economic catastrophe."
The president also differed with Boehner's comments from Sunday that there were not enough votes to pass a clean continuing resolution to fund the government.
"My very strong suspicion is there are enough votes there," Obama said, adding that Boehner "apparently doesn't want to see the government shutdown end ... unless he's able to extract concessions that don't have anything to do with the budget."
--CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Dana Bash contributed to this report.
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