- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 13, 2013

President Obama admitted that efforts to reach a budget deal may be at an impasse if Republicans aren’t willing to raise taxes without attaching caveats on entitlement spending.

“We’re probably not going to be able to get a deal” without Republicans first taking off the table entitlement spending reform as a condition of tax hikes, Mr. Obama said in an interview with ABC News broadcast on Wednesday.

Mr. Obama said a stalemate wouldn’t be tantamount to a government crisis, though it would be disappointing and regrettable.

He was hoping “to identify what I call the common-sense caucus” for budget planning during his personal visits to Capitol Hill and with key Republican politicos earlier this week, he said.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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