"We want to sit down in a constructive way and approach this problem," Obama senior adviser Axelrod said Sunday. (Photo Credit: CNN)
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's senior adviser on Sunday refused to rule out tax increases as part of a solution to the nation's growing deficit.
Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," David Axelrod said Obama supported having Congress set up a bipartisan commission that would come up with a plan to reduce the deficit.
"We want to sit down in a constructive way and approach this problem," Axelrod said.
He wouldn't speculate about possible solutions, saying, "Let's see what a bipartisan effort to deal with these deficits will produce."
"Whatever the appropriate approach is, the president will be straight up with the nation," Axelrod said.
Asked about the possibility of tax increases, Axelrod said: "If anybody has a plan to do this without raising any taxes on anybody, upper income or below, they should come forward with it because nobody wants to raise taxes."
During the 2008 election campaign, Obama repeatedly promised he would not raise taxes on those making less than $250,000 a year.