Obama: ‘I shouldn’t have to offer anything’

September 30, 2013
President Barack Obama says he's not "resigned" to a shutdown. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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President Obama says in a new interview with NPR that he doesn't feel the need to compromise on anything when it comes to the budget and debt ceiling debates.

"I shouldn’t have to offer anything," he said. "They’re not doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do. That’s part of their basic function of government; that’s not doing me a favor. That’s doing what the American people sent them here to do – carrying out their responsibilities."

Obama said he remains willing to work with Republicans on budget-related issues but that Obamacare is a topic for another time.

"We’re not going to accomplish those things if one party to this conversation says that the only way that they come to the table is if they get 100 percent of what they want (and) if they don't, they threaten to burn down the house," Obama said.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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