Republicans say had frank talk with Obama on debt

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Posted: Jun 01, 2011 11:53 AM
Republicans say had frank talk with Obama on debt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans said on Wednesday they had a frank and productive conversation with President Barack Obama during a meeting on the deficit and debt at the White House.

"I told the president: this is the moment, this is the window of opportunity ... we can work together and solve this problem," said House Speaker John Boehner, the No. 1 Republican in the House of Representatives.

Boehner spoke to reporters in the White House driveway after the meeting between the Democratic president and House Republicans over a political standoff about raising the country's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.

(Reporting by Caren Bohan, Jeff Mason and Alister Bull)