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Carney defends Obama's scolding of House Republicans

President Obama’s spokesman defended his boss on Thursday for chiding Republicans over the debt ceiling and shutdown fight.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said many people, including Republicans, think the GOP did the wrong thing by pressing for the defunding of ObamaCare in the fight over funding the government.

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He said he had no doubt some Republicans “think they did the right thing” and take issue with Obama’s criticism.

“But I think many, many others agree that we need to work together to find common ground,” Carney said at his daily briefing.

Carney addded that Republican leaders themselves had questioned the tactics employed by some Tea Party lawmakers. 

"The scolding, if you want to call it that, was far less severe than what they got from some members of their own party," Carney said.

Obama earlier on Thursday told Republicans that legislative change should be won at the polls, not through procedural hostage-taking that threatened the economy.

He also said they should “stop focusing on the lobbyists and the bloggers and the talking heads on radio.”

“You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president, then argue for your position,” Obama said. “Go out there and win an election.”

Carney said the White House hopes it will be able to work with congressional Republicans going forward.

But Carney also doubled down on Obama’s criticism.

He said the government shutdown “episode” was “driven by a wing of one party in one house.”