No surprise from this White House
The White House has rejected Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) invitation for President Obama to meet Thursday with Senate Republicans about their position on the debt ceiling talks.VIDEO: Here's McConnell on the Senate floor this moring inviting President Obama to come to Capitol Hill and meet with Republicans. "Let me do something I think would be constructive" (This was a good move by McConnell)
White House press secretary Jay Carney said McConnell was asking Obama to visit and "hear Republicans restate their maximalist position" in the negotiations to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.
"We know that position. That's not a conversation worth having," Carney said at his daily briefing.
McConnell made the invitation one day after Obama challenged Republicans to give up special tax breaks for corporate jets and major oil companies. Obama wants to include revenue from eliminating those breaks as part of a package to reduce the deficit, but Republicans are ruling out any tax increases.
“I’d like to invite the president to come to the Capitol today to meet with Senate Republicans. Any time this afternoon if he’s available, to come on up to the Capitol,” McConnell said. “That way he can hear directly from Senate Republicans … why what he’s proposing will not pass.”
The tough talk from Obama in Wednesday's press conference has led to a new round of criticism from GOP lawmakers, who weren't amused that Obama unfavorably compared them to his teenage daughters, who the president said do their homework on time.