White House: Debt deal needed in 'matter of days'

July 12, 2011 21:22

WASHINGTON - The White House said on Tuesday a debt deal needs to be reached in a "matter of days" because of the looming Aug. 2 deadline for raising the national debt ceiling to avoid default.

White House spokesman Jay Carney also rejected as "unfortunate" a comment by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell that a real solution to the US debt problem is probably not possible as long as President Barack Obama remains in office.

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