Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday challenged President Obama for a second time to meet with Senate Republicans and hear their opposition to a debt deal that includes tax increases.
“My goal, as I said on Thursday, was to get together and talk about what’s actually possible," McConnell said from the floor. "Today I’d like to re-extend the offer.”
McConnell on Thursday invited Obama to visit the Senate GOP, but White House press secretary Jay Carney quickly declined.
Carney suggested it wasn't worth Obama's time to "hear Republicans restate their maximalist position" in the talks.
"We know that position. That's not a conversation worth having," Carney said.
McConnell seized on to Carney's words in re-extending his invitation.
“The Obama administration said it wasn’t `a conversation worth having,’" said McConnell. "Republicans in Congress believe that finding a way to reduce the deficit and put Medicare on more secure footing is a conversation worth having."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has invited Obama to meet with Senate Democrats, but the president has yet to say whether he'll accept that invitation.