Obama to hold first presser of shutdown

President Obama will hold his first press conference since the government shut down at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Obama will speak to reporters as the White House looks to increase pressure on Republicans to move forward with legislation to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown.

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Obama called Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday, but only to reiterate that he would not negotiate on raising the borrowing limit or reopening the government.

He said he was only willing to negotiate a broader budget deal “after the threat of government shutdown and default have been removed,” according to a statement from the White House.

Republicans have sought to score points against Obama by highlighting his unwillingness to speak with them.

On Tuesday morning, Boehner told reporters Democrats had adopted an “untenable position.”

“There's never been a president in our history that did not negotiate over the debt limit. Never. Not once,” Boehner said.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday found Republicans have been hurt politically by the shutdown, while Obama’s rating has actually ticked up.

The poll found that 70 percent disapprove of the way congressional Republicans are handling the fight. Obama’s level of approval in the fight moved from 41 percent in the Post’s Sept. 25-29 poll to 45 percent now, with more centrist Democrats and Independents backing Obama.