Obama: Deficit Will be the Focus

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President Barack Obama has responded to voter anger over federal spending.

He has announced he will be focusing more on the nation's deficit during the last two years of his term.

Obama said starting next year there will be more serious talks on how to balance the budget.

"They're going to have to signal some kind of willingness to work with Republicans to cut spending," Sen. John Boehner, R-Ohio., told The Associated Press. "Cutting government spending is what the American people want, and it's an approach neither party has tried yet."

He said he wants to discuss topics like entitlements, defense spending and revenues.

Obama argues his first six months in office were a challenge, because he had to keep spending money in order to "save the economy."

"It's a very different reality for the president for the next two years, which is not to say that nothing gets done," said Norman Ornstein, a political scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. "Even in a rancorous and nasty environment, it seems to me there may some areas of opportunity."

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