President Obama had a testy exchange with a reporter during his round of interviews with local television stations on Monday.

The correspondent from WFAA-TV in Dallas asked some tough questions of Obama, such as "Why are you so unpopular in Texas?"

"Texas has always been a pretty Republican state, for historic reasons," Obama said.

Obama, who is looking to put traditionally Republican states like Texas in play, said that he "lost by a few percentage points in Texas," in 2008. The reporter, Brad Watson, followed up, saying his margin of defeat in the Lone Star State was closer to 10 percent.

"If what you're telling me is Texas is a conservative state, you're absolutely right," Obama said.

After the interview was done, Obama was shown saying to the reporter, "Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?"

Republicans took notice of the interview. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) circulated an email emphasizing Obama's 11-point margin of defeat in Texas in 2008. Democrats are also looking to put retiring GOP Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's seat in play. 

"WH doesn't expect easy ?s from local press: usually some of the toughest ?s," White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said on Twitter.

-- This post was updated at 11:17 a.m.