Obama Spurns McConnell Invite to Parley With GOP on Debt Ceiling

Thursday, 30 Jun 2011 03:30 PM

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President Barack Obama has rejected a lunch date with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans to discuss the debt ceiling and other issues. The invite came a day after the president called on congressional Republicans to consider tax hikes, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell: "We can start talking about what's actually possible." (Getty Images Photo)
Such a luncheon meeting would allow the president to “hear directly from Republicans why what he’s proposing won’t pass. And we can start talking about what’s actually possible,” McConnell said.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's retort: “That’s not a conversation worth having,” the paper reported.

The administration still is open to talks about a compromise, Carney said.

Democrats are seeking to raise $760 billion in tax revenues, largely by cutting tax breaks on corporations and wealthy individuals. Republicans oppose any tax hikes, while both sides back spending cuts, the Times reported.

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