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

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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."