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Obama: Boehner 'can't control his caucus'

President Obama on Tuesday said talks over a budget deal had been complicated because Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) "can't control his caucus."

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In an interview with WABC, the president was asked about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) proposal that the president and congressional leaders lock themselves in a room to hammer out a deal to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government.

But Obama said the problem with that solution is that one-on-one negotiations with the Boehner "isn't necessarily good for the extreme faction in his caucus."

"It weakens him," Obama said. "So there have been repeated situations where we have agreements, then he goes back, and then it turns out that he can't control his caucus. So, the challenge here is, 'Can you deliver on agreements that are made?' "

"One thing that I've shown is that if I say I'm prepared to compromise on something, then I can deliver votes," the president added.

Tuesday afternoon, House Republicans unveiled their latest budget proposal. 

The legislation would reopen the government until Dec. 15 and raise the debt ceiling until Feb. 7. The bill would also include the full Vitter amendment, which strips subsidies for lawmakers and their staffs to purchase health insurance, as well as a new restriction preventing the Treasury Department from so-called "extraordinary measures" to keep paying bills even after the debt ceiling is reached.

That proposal was a shift from a plan initially outlined by Boehner on Tuesday morning that failed to secure enough Republican votes.

Obama said in the interview that he was discouraged because, "House Republicans still believe they can get concessions for doing their job and making sure the American people aren't hurt."

Nevertheless, the president said that "my expectation is that it does get solved" before Thursday's debt-ceiling deadline.

"What we've seen amongst Senate Democrats and Republicans is a recognition that there area ways we can do that that doesn't have to damage the economy," Obama said.

The interview with WABC was one of three local television interviews the president sat down for Tuesday morning. Obama also fielded questions from CBS's Des Moines, Iowa, affiliate and Univision's Los Angeles station.