Obama, Hill leaders hold 'constructive' debt talks, schedule more
July 7th, 2011
06:00 PM ET
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Obama, Hill leaders hold 'constructive' debt talks, schedule more

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders from both parties launched a new round of negotiations on a deficit reduction deal Thursday and quickly scheduled a second meeting for Sunday, signaling a shared desire to ensure the federal debt ceiling gets raised to avoid possible default next month.

The 90-minute White House meeting was described as "very constructive" by Obama and "productive" by House Speaker John Boehner, who has emerged as the chief Republican negotiator. However, no details of the talks were officially announced, and White House spokesman Jay Carney said there was no breakthrough.

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  1. SecedingfromTexas

    Mitch McConnell is frothing at the mouth because he wants to be Majority Leader of the Senate so badly, he can hardly
    speak. He actual said that is what he wants, and that "jobs are not his major priority", his major priority is to "destroy
    President Obama in 2012". When you put him, alongside Eric Cantor who is frothing to be Speaker of the House,
    America doesn't stand a chance. President Obama has the upper hand, and he darn well better use it.

    July 7, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  2. John

    The President sold The American People OUT and he say he wouldn't.

    July 7, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  3. mcoville

    Our national debt would still nearly double over that decade, how worthless this president is. He wants to double our national debt and we are supposed to give him another term in the white house? Time for this guy to retire and stop wasting our time.

    July 7, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  4. pc

    if our president gives away our social security/ medicare to these republican theives i will not give him my vote. he will be done as far as i am concerned. we voted for a democrat an yet this president has caved in to every demand the tea-baggers have demanded. had we wanted our nation to be hacked and chopped by a republican president we would have voted for mccain. this president has let us down and we will not forget this. we need a third party to do the job obama was sent to washington to do but is to weak to do it.

    July 7, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. Had ENOUGH CHANGE yet???

    Obama is "seeking" ANY cuts! He's been dragged kicking and screaming back into reality by the Republicans. Do people honestly think if the Republicans had not taken the House last November, that Obama would be cutting ANY spending? Heck, if the Republicans hadn't won, we'd be talking about $3 TRILLION dollar deficits and TRILLIONS in new taxes.

    July 7, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Republicans are looking like the troublemakers in the room. Republicans were elected to the House on jobs and compromise; something to balance the Democratic majority in Congress with the White House. But, they seem to think that they were elected to unhinge everything with this "my way or no way" attitude.

    They are about to be voted out of Wash DC for a very long time. And they still think that they have a messaging problem with the American people. That the American people are not listening to what they are being told.

    Dudes, they can hear you loud and clear. This is their response. "Just as I thought."

    July 7, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  7. Peter s

    This President is amazing!! they say cut 2 billion he says we can do 4billion, good job Mr. President turn the economy around for prosperity again. GOP where are the jobs?

    July 7, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |