By Justin Sink - 10/08/13 06:56 PM EDT
That has been a hard sell with Republicans, who have demanded changes to ObamaCare and spending cuts in exchange for funding the government and raising the debt ceiling.
The president told reporters Tuesday he would "talk about anything" with Republicans if they passed short-term bills to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
But at the same time, the president reiterated that the administration was “not going to pay a ransom.”
“Having such a conversation, talks, negotiations, shouldn't require hanging the threats of a government shutdown or economic chaos over the American people,” he said.