House Speaker John Boener (R-Ohio) on Friday attacked the White House after an anonymous official told the Wall Street Journal that the administration was "winning" the shutdown debate and that it "doesn't really matter" how long the shutdown lasts.

"This isn't some damn game," an animated Boehner said. "The American people don't want their government shut down and neither do I. All we're asking for is to sit down and have a discussion and to bring fairness — reopen the government and bring fairness to the American people under Obamacare. It's as simple as that. But it all has to begin with a simple discussion."