Obama to do local interviews, raising pressure on GOP

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The interviews will be the second time the White House has brought local anchors into the White House since the two-week old shutdown began. Last Wednesday, Obama sat for interviews with reporters from Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Tampa, Fla.; and Richmond, Va. — four cities with high percentages of government workers and contractors.

In the interviews, the president accused Republican leaders of shutting down the government "in order to have a negotiation."

"Nobody's explained to me so far why you have to shutdown the government to have a negotiation, and nobody's explained to me so far why you have to threaten the full faith and credit of the United States in order to have a negotiation," Obama told the Tampa NBC affiliate.

The White House did not announce where anchors for Tuesday's interviews would hail from.

Earlier Monday, Obama traveled to a Washington-area food pantry to highlight government workers who were volunteering during the shutdown — and warn lawmakers that if they don’t compromise the U.S. stands “a good chance of defaulting.”

Obama said that there had been “some progress” in the Senate on a deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling and said he remained hopeful that a “spirit of cooperation will move us forward over the next couple of hours.”

The president's Tuesday schedule did not include a planned meeting with congressional leaders scheduled for Monday afternoon that was "postponed" by the White House to allow negotiations to continue.