White House turns down GOP invite for Capitol Hill meeting

To the surprise of few political observers, there will be no meeting today between President Obama and Senate Republicans.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney emphatically dismissed the invitation from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for Obama to visit Capitol Hill Thursday afternoon, declaring, “That's not a conversation worth having.”

Administration officials say they have no desire to hear a lecture on taxes from Republicans not willing to come down from their hardline position.

McConnell invited Obama to a meeting with lawmakers Thursday afternoon to “hear directly from them” that there is not enough congressional support to raise taxes as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling.

In a White House press conference Wednesday, Obama ripped lawmakers for not doing enough to broker a debt ceiling compromise a month before the U.S. government faces default. In turn, Republicans accused the president of hypocrisy, as  he is jetting off to Pennsylvania Thursday evening for fundraisers.

In response to the criticism, Carney said, “We can walk and chew gum at the same time.”

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