Carney: No breakthrough in WH meeting
July 7th, 2011
01:02 PM ET
9 years ago

Carney: No breakthrough in WH meeting

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Thursday his talks with congressional leaders were constructive and he will meet with them again on Sunday "with the expectation being that at that point the parties will at least know where each other's bottom lines are" and the hard negotiating can begin.

A first meeting involving Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and eight congressional leaders from both parties lasted 90 minutes Thursday.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters no breakthrough occurred in Thursday's deficit reduction talks at the White House.

Work will continue through the weekend to prepare for a second meeting Sunday involving President Obama and congressional leaders, Carney said, adding that the Thursday meeting established a good environment for proceeding.

"There's not a specific breakthrough that happened today," he said.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Get ready, folks. There's going to be whirlwind of spin leading up to that meeting on Sunday, and even more after it.

    Please, take note of how many times you hear phrases coming from Republicans that sound like this. "Most Americans want ...." "... the will of the American people ..."

    They will make claims like, "The American people do not want new taxes." Some would argue that statement is false because most polls most Americans favor new taxes. I arge that statement is true because it makes no claim to be representative of most Americans. Those are "steer tactics" to sway public opinion.

    July 7, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |

    The Legislative branch of our government is full of jerks. On both sides. The way I see it is thus: democrats are wimps and republicans are thugs.

    July 7, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Cosmo

    Why not have the negotiations televised? I want to hear how refusing to increase revenue and driving the country to the brink of bankruptcy will restore investor confidence and create jobs. It would be quite an display of sleight of hand and the American people should be in on the entertainment. Who wouldn't be entertained by a national game of "chicken" with the future of the country at stake. Honey, let's make a big bowl of popcorn and watch our 401k go up in smoke.

    July 7, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Chris Stanis?

    Why are all these people smiling in this picture?

    July 7, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. ConservaFASCISTS

    They want cuts, we want revenue. Thats not too hard to compromise as long as the cuts are reasonable and as long as the wasteful sbsidies are ended. Grown ups can figure this debacle out. But we don't seem to have too many of them in Washington.

    July 7, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People

    Well, DUH, when half of the attendees state they will not "play" unless you agree to their demands prior to the meeting, is it really news when after the meeting there is "no breakthrough"?

    At least Cantor stayed through the whole meeting, or was he even there? His Pre-K class may have had a field trip planned.

    July 7, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    Oh yes, I see Cantor is there, someone must have coaxed to come by promising him bright balloons and some chocolate milk in his sippy cup before naptime.

    July 7, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. USAFvet

    The GOP are trying to destroy the economy in the hopes of hurting Obama's re-election chances. The GOP would rather see the USA's credit rating go the way of Spain or Greece and start a new recession than do something that would help the US economy. The GOP put party before country every single chance they get.

    July 7, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. NoCommentCNN

    IMOH the two biggest problems in our government is Democrats and Republicans.
    They only represent themselves and their party.
    If all of your hopes for your freedom and liberty rests with one party you will be sorely disappointed. The two major parties could care less about you or me, our families, our jobs or our freedom. They only want more power and money for themselves.

    July 7, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Louisiana Man

    My wonderful representatives in congress, vitter and others are 100% standing behind the GOP's decision NOT to raise taxes on the multi millionaires and billionaires and in turn save them from the abhorrent dread of paying their fair share and avoiding the shared sacrifices of the middle class and poor.
    This would be a travesty in it self–but a small, poor state like LA-its unconscionable. Also our illustrious governor, piyush jindall, is willing to cut education and allowances for the poor and supports no new taxes for his cronies and financial supporters.
    And the idoits keep voting these slugs and leeches in.

    July 7, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Chuk

    There will be no breakthrough as long as there's no give on the Republican side. There will be no give as long as Republicans think they're dealing with a weak president – every time they push, he retreats. The president should, at some point, stand his ground as president Clinton suggested. Republicans want to shut the govt down, let them. They want to cut spending, do it! The other side of the argument is, you give them the spending cut they want but YOU, the president, decide what gets cut! I have a feeling that when the tea baggers start seeing their sacred cows cut they would re-think their cut-baby-cut mantra. To right wingers, spending cut is still just a political tool (by the way, where were they when the country was running up the deficit with 2 unfunded wars? They seem to wake up as soon as Barack got elected!). But when spending cut gets real, they may re-think this my-way-or-no-way attitude.

    July 7, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Bill

    Another example of aggressive government inaction.

    July 7, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. maikl

    Don't trust Obama.

    July 7, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    "Most Americans do not feel the economy is in good shape."
    "Most Americans want to see job creation."
    "Americans do not want any new taxes."
    Take a close read. All of those statements are 100% true today. Can you see and hear the "steer tactics" behind the words. You are tricked into hearing "most American" in the final sentence, which would make the statement completely false. Sometimes you will hear a false version of the final statement. In fact, most of the time you probably will.

    I am just making everyone aware of the GOP "steer tactics".

    July 7, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. cindy

    Unfortunately-republicans still with the blame game instead of coming up with solutions. How about raising the debt ceiling without strings attached except to not spend anything further until a solution that is less painful to us ALL can be found? At least, we won't go in default and everybody can take all the time they want to cast stones at one another

    July 7, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Republican Robber Baron

    Get it done. Stop the Partisan theatrics and trying to appease the wing-nut base of the GOP. Obama has shifted so far to the right already he can barely still be called a Dem any longer. Yet the GOP still wants to balance the budget on the backs of the already overburdened working class? While the elite top 1% and their Corporatist friends hire an army of lobbyists to modify the tax code and get to zero-out ...not pay ANY tax ? What a joke GOP...shame on you.

    July 7, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Irma in North Carolina

    I wonder when are the american people going to wake up and realize what the orange man and his buddies are doing to this country and the people that voted them in will vote them in again. I never realized that there were that many stupid people in this country.

    July 7, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Save the Middle Class from this Republican party of Aparthied.

    July 7, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |