The Washington Times - February 11, 2013, 02:31PM

If the first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem, Democratic leaders are not quite in agreement on the question of federal spending.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday that President Obama does believe Washington has a spending problem, contradicting a claim by House Minority Leader Nancy E. Pelosi.

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Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, said Sunday it is “almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem.” She instead called the fiscal crisis “a government deficit problem.”

Asked Monday about her comments, Mr. Carney replied, “Of course, the president believes that we have a spending problem.” He added that the problem is “specifically driven” by health care spending.

“And that’s just a fact,” he said.