President Barack Obama struck a combative tone during a surprise news conference Monday, attacking Republicans in Congress for threatening to shut down the government over the debt ceiling battle.
We are not a deadbeat nation, Obama said during a nearly hour-long briefing from the East Room of the White House. He called it absurd for the federal government not to pay bills that have already been racked up.
Obama, however, said what he will not do is negotiate with a gun at the head of the American people.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell quickly fired back. "The president and his allies need to get serious about spending, and the debt-limit debate is the perfect time for it, he said in a statement.
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