President Obama says the U.S. cannot afford to engage in government shutdown brinkmanship. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Obama voiced optimism on Wednesday that a government shutdown can be avoided in coming weeks, pointing to comments from Republican leaders of Congress who oppose a budget showdown. In wide-ranging remarks at the Business Roundtable, Obama said, "we just cannot afford" to engage in government shutdown brinkmanship. Obama said there are enormous potential areas for compromise with the Republican Congress, mentioning tax reform, trade and paying for infrastructure projects that would create jobs.