(CNN) – President Obama says he fully expects a deal by August 2 raising the nation's debt ceiling. But he also says he won't accept any short-term, stop-gap deal – whether for 30, 60, 90 or even 180 days. Any agreement, he says, must go beyond the November 2012 elections.
He also says it must be "fair and balanced" (his words) – meaning there must be both major spending cuts as well as increases in tax revenue. The elimination of various tax loopholes and deductions wouldn't kick in until 2013, the president says. He says he's ready to put Social Security and Medicare on the table, a move that has deeply irritated many in his Democratic Party base.