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With the United States nearly 24 hours into a government shutdown, on Tuesday evening Piers Morgan invited Jay Carney – a man with uncommon access to the president – to share the position of Barack Obama's administration.
"The president's position is clear. He has been all year, and continues to be, eager and willing to sit down with lawmakers of both parties to work out a longer and broader budget compromise. It funds our priorities, invests in our future and reduces our deficit, continuing the work that he's done since he took office in reducing the deficit by more than half," said the White House Press Secretary. "But what he won't do is negotiate under threat of shutdown or threat of default."
Pressed by the host as to why Obama is seemingly unable to effectively negotiate with the Speaker of the House, Carney insisted that any stalemates are a result of policy and politics, not personalities:
"The president actually has a good relationship with and likes and enjoys John Boehner's company. But the fact is this can't be about his [Boehner's] job security. Is that what the message is to the American people: 'sorry, the government is shut down. Sorry, we may default because of internal politics and the future of the speaker,'" Carney asked rhetorically. "That can't be what it's about. Honestly as the president said the other day in an interview, he believes that if the Speaker of the House did the right thing and put a clean bill on the floor that had already passed the Senate and did it on the House, it would get a majority of members of The House of Representatives, including Republicans who day by day are now saying this is what they want, and John Boehner would be strengthened by it."
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