October 7th, 2013
01:16 PM ET
1 year ago

White House signals possible opening on debt ceiling

Washington (CNN) - Is it a glimmer of hope, or more rhetoric as the deadline for possible government default gets closer?

After weeks of near silence without any hint of a potential compromise between the Obama administration and congressional Republicans over raising the nation's debt ceiling, the White House may be offering some conciliatory language that could lead to a deal to prevent a potential default on October 17.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    No negotiations with these terrorists! What else is there to cut that we haven't already cut?

    October 7, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Kinard

    It's amazing how the whole country can be held hostage by such a small percentage of the populace. If this default comes to pass, all respectable investors need to consider other nations, where the mindless are looked upon as wards of the state, not the keepers of the flame. WAKE UP.

    October 7, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. luke,az

    "No Balls" Boehner is about to lose his job. This guy is the worst Speaker of the House in the history of the US. Instead of standing up to the tea party, he capitulates. The tea party Taliban should start their own party. They have infected the Republican party and are ruining our country.

    October 7, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "It is time to deal with America's problems," he told ABC in demanding what he repeatedly called a "conversation" with the White House and Democrats. "How can you raise the debt limit and do nothing about the underlying problem?"

    Right....time to deal with blah blah blah...how can you herpa derpa without argle bargle the underlying problem? This from the guy in charge of the House GOP/Teatrolls that have voted symbolically and meaninglessly to repeal, defund or destroy the ACA over FORTY-SIX TIMES, passed nothing but attacks on domestic social policy (abortion, contraception, etc.) and have brought ZERO bills to the floor that deal directly with the economy and jobs. How can we? Because you're not even freekin serious....and your faux outrage conservative bluster is the most transparent thing in DC.

    October 7, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Spkr Boehner needs for the Democrats to throw him a bone. Make sure it's a small one.

    October 7, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. just saying

    it is about time obama started acting like he cared what happened to this country. this clown just is not a leader. proves it every day.

    October 7, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Bessy

    No. No negotiations with these terrorists. They are holding the country hostage and there should be no negotiations with them.

    October 7, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    How do you like your eggs prepared Squeaker?
    Do you think it will rain today Squeaker?
    What's your favorite color Squeaker?

    Subjects John Boehner can really speak on.

    October 7, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    It's well past time the rethugs started acting like they care what happens to this country. this clown bohner just is not a leader. proves it every day.

    October 7, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. EatRunDive

    A great place to start the cuts: All those congressional staffers that are currently deemed "nonessential"

    Remember the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington? The entire staff for a congressman/senator then was a secretary.

    October 7, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Thomas

    @Rudy NYC
    Spkr Boehner needs for the Democrats to throw him a bone. Make sure it's a small one.

    ==========

    They don't want a bone , they want blood .

    The president should invite the speaker over for Green Eggs and Ham .

    October 7, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Another cave in to the terrorists? So what's next? The 1%ers will pay no taxes or the Pubs will crash the economy. Guns are required of every teacher or they'll crash the economy. Teachers will make minimum wage or CRASH. Minimum wage? It will be no more or... EPA? No economy... Privatize National Parks...

    October 7, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. rs

    just saying

    it is about time obama started acting like he cared what happened to this country. this clown just is not a leader. proves it every day.
    _____________________
    Big words from a tool for the party that is holding the Full-Faith-and-Credit of the United States hostage. Personally, I think it is time to treat the GOP like the crime syndicate it has clearly devolved into.

    October 7, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. just saying

    rs
    Big words from a tool for the party that is holding the Full-Faith-and-Credit of the United States hostage.
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    obama and the democrats that have run up nearly $7 trillion in debt in 5 short years is what is holding this country hostage. their answer? run up another $3 trillion in debt and party on, party on, spend, spend, spend. welcome to the stagnant bankrupt socialist united states of america. obama and his leftist democrats sure have transformed us alright.

    there is no such thing as a free lunch as the democrats say. the bill will become due eventually. everybody that pays bills knows this.

    October 7, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Mark in Seattle

    republicans/tea party. Everything that is wrong with how our government runs today. Scratch that..........doesn't run today. Hope they implode themselves.

    October 7, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Hammerer

    By the way how is that obamacare enrolment going?
    Any takers yet?

    October 7, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It is time Boehner started acting like he cared what happened to this country. This clown is not a leader. Proves it every day. There, I fixed it for you by removing the lies and replacing it with the truth.

    October 7, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Brass tacks: Boehner considers his re-election and Speakership more important than doing the right thing. He has the means to end this right now by allowing a vote on the clean CR.

    BRING. IT. TO. A. VOTE. COWARDS.

    October 7, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Another cave in to the terrorists? "

    Calm down. Breathe deep. CNN is just trying to set up a narrative to encourage the Teatrolls to think "it's working" and get the firebagging far left from DailyKos etc. to throw their usual pre-emptive tantrum expecting a "cave" when there hasn't and won't be one.

    October 7, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    it is about time obama started acting like he cared what happened to this country. this clown just is not a leader. proves it every day.
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    Negotiations is supposed to mean each side trades for something. One side can make an offer, while the other side accepts, declines, or proposes a counter offer. I imagined two merchants haggling over the price for a cheese wheel. The Tea Party wants to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Their members campaigned on it. That's the pot of gold that the Tea Party seeks. But, what are they offering for this pot of gold? Nothing.

    Nothing, except for allowing government to function. But, you see, the Tea Party campaigned on that, too. They campaigned on shutting down the government. They swore oaths to never raise the debt ceiling, not ever again. They campaigned on "no compromise". I ask you again. What is the Tea Party offering for this elusive pot of gold? Nothing. They just want to steal it.

    October 7, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Winston Smith

    We have one glimmer of hope. Sorry, make that two. The second being that after the elections there will no longer be the threat of any republican majority in either house or senate. They've shown themselves for what they really are, and it's way past time for them to go.

    October 7, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. rs

    just saying

    rs
    Big words from a tool for the party that is holding the Full-Faith-and-Credit of the United States hostage.
    -

    obama and the democrats that have run up nearly $7 trillion in debt in 5 short years is what is holding this country hostage. their answer? run up another $3 trillion in debt and party on, party on, spend, spend, spend. welcome to the stagnant bankrupt socialist united states of america. obama and his leftist democrats sure have transformed us alright.

    there is no such thing as a free lunch as the democrats say. the bill will become due eventually. everybody that pays bills knows this.
    _________________________
    You'll get nothing like that cash out of the ACA, and meanwhile you're burning $600 million a day in the shutdown. The GOP can waste money as good as anybody. Here's a hint- end the Bush tax cuts for the rich.

    October 7, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "obama and the democrats that have run up nearly $7 trillion in debt in 5 short years is what is holding this country hostage. their answer?"

    Except the vast majority of that approximately $7T is due to the Bush tax cuts, the recession and the wars, in that order. Just because it happened while Obama was in office, doesn't mean it was his policies that actually caused it. You have to look under the hood to tell why the car's not running right...you can't tell just from kicking the tires and screaming at it like a loon.

    October 7, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    just saying wrote:

    obama and the democrats that have run up nearly $7 trillion in debt in 5 short years is what is holding this country hostage. their answer? run up another $3 trillion in debt and party on, party on, spend, spend, spend. welcome to the stagnant bankrupt socialist united states of america. obama and his leftist democrats sure have transformed us alright.
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    Our current economic path of high debts was put in place by one George W. Bush. I know you may disagree with that FACT, but most Americans blame Bush for the slow economy. Many blame Barack Obama for the slow recovery, but I am one who does not. It took eight years to tear down the economy, and it will take at least that long to rebuild it. In fact, I expect it to take much longer. It is far easier and quicker to destroy than it is to build.

    October 7, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "By the way how is that obamacare enrolment going?
    Any takers yet?"

    Several thousand. However, you have to be realistic and look how it worked in MA. People signed up slowly at first...they've been made nervous and like to let other people be their "guinea pigs" to get a sense of how it's working first. Enrollment went steadily up and exploded near the end.

    October 7, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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