WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) - President Barack Obamastressed to congressional leaders on Wednesday in White Housetalks that he will not negotiate with Republicans over agovernment shutdown or raising the U.S. debt limit, the WhiteHouse said.
After more than an hour of talks that did not lead to abreakthrough, the White House issued a statement that said Obamaremains hopeful that "common sense will prevail" in the budgetstandoff.
"The president made clear to the leaders that he is notgoing to negotiate over the need for Congress to act to reopenthe government or to raise the debt limit to pay the billsCongress has already incurred," the White House said.
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