Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama said that if House Republicans reopened the government and lifted the nation’s borrowing authority — even for a few months — he would enter into wide-ranging talks that could include his signature healthcare law and issues related to the debt.
“If they want to do that, reopen the government. Extend the debt ceiling. If they can’t do it for a long time, do it for the period of time in which these negotiations are taking place,” Obama said.
But Boehner shot down that opening at his own press conference, characterizing it as a demand for “unconditional surrender” from the GOP.