Boehner: Obama should 'get over' refusal to negotiate on debt ceiling

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) scoffed at President Obama's vow not to negotiate raising the debt ceiling again.

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Boehner's comments came in response to the president promising not to recreate the tense standoff in August 2011 between him and House Republicans over raising the debt ceiling.

"Well, you know, I could say the sun's not going to come up tomorrow, but guess what? It is," Boehner said in an interview with CNBC on Thursday. "So the president can say, 'I'm not going to negotiate on the debt limit' — get over it. We're spending more money than what we're bringing in. We have to deal with this problem. And if we're going to raise the debt limit, then we've got to do something about what's causing us to spend more money than what we bring in. So guess what? We're going to have a debate, and we're going to have a negotiation."

At a press conference a week earlier, Obama said he would not look to trade federal spending cuts with Republicans in order to raise the debt ceiling. Obama described that as a scenario "with a gun to the head of the American people."

If the country does default due to congressional refusal to raise the debt ceiling, Obama said, the blame would be on Republicans.

"They can act responsibly and pay America's bills, or they can act irresponsibly and put America through another economic crisis," Obama said according to Reuters. "But they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy."