House Republicans to meet Obama on Thursday at White House

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama willsit down on Thursday with some of his main adversaries in thefight over raising the U.S. debt ceiling and ending a governmentshutdown, meeting with Republicans who control the House ofRepresentatives.

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, the top U.S.Republican in Washington, said Boehner, his deputy, Eric Cantor,and various other House Republicans will meet with Obama.

The list includes at least two Tea Party conservatives,Florida Representative Steve Southerland and Lynn Jenkins ofKansas.

The Boehner spokesman, Brendan Buck, said the White Houseinvited all House Republicans but that Boehner is limiting thegroup to 18 people, including committee chairs.

Obama is to meet House Democrats on Wednesday.

"Nine days into a government shutdown and a week away frombreaching the debt ceiling, a meeting is only worthwhile if itis focused on finding a solution," said Buck.

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