Obama Says Nation Can’t Afford Deadlock Over Dealing With Debt

Obama Says Nation Can’t Afford Deadlock Over Dealing With Debt

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference Nov. 14, 2012 in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Obama said he was ready to work closely with opposition Republicans on a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff, with hopes for a deal before January 1.