White House: Obama not playing politics with deficit 

A speech in which President Obama repeatedly took swipes at a Republican budget plan had nothing to do with politics, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney asserted Thursday.

“This is not a campaign speech; this is a policy speech," Carney said, even though Democratic operatives were using the speech to make campaign calls as early as Wednesday evening.

"Their vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact in America," Obama said, calling out potential Republican presidential candidates during his speech at George Washington University.

Republicans dismissed Obama's plan as dead on arrival, but Carney said a deal could be reached by the end of June, as the president proposed.

Carney also somewhat softened the President's blistering criticism of House Budget Commitee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., saying that Obama "believes that Chairman Ryan is very sincere and that the proposal reflects his beliefs."

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