Obama to preview Wednesday deficit address for House, Senate leaders

House and Senate leaders from both parties will head to the White House Wednesday to preview President Obama's major speech on the deficit and debt.

Both House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will attend, and White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer confirmed over Twitter that other congressional leaders will as well.

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White House press secretary Jay Carney refused to preview Obama's speech, saying only the president will lay out his "vision" for cutting the deficit.

Carney also voiced White House opposition to the GOP budget proposal laid out by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, saying it lacks balance and would cut the deficit on the backs of the middle class, poor and seniors.

Asked if Obama thinks Ryan's proposal is fundamentally unfair, Carney said yes.

The meetings tomorrow reprise, in a way, the closed-door huddles between the president, Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) at the White House last week to hammer out a spending agreement for the remainder of fiscal year 2011. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also acknowledged a meeting on Monday with Obama.

Sam Youngman contributed to this post.

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