Obama plans sequester media blitz
With just a week to go before the harsh budget cuts known as the sequester automatically go into effect, President Obama is scheduled to blitz eight local TV stations with interviews on Wednesday, in an attempt to pressure Republicans to make a deal.
"By speaking to anchors from stations around the country, the president will have an opportunity to focus on the harmful local impacts that will be felt if congressional Republicans refuse to compromise," a White House official said in a statement.
Among the local news networks are ABC7 in San Francisco, KITV 4 in Honolulu, and KFOR in Oklahoma City.
As the Washington Post reports, "with no recent communication between the White House and congressional Republicans, much of Washington seems resigned to the cuts taking effect March 1."
In the meantime, both sides are preparing to defer the blame for the cuts, should they go into effect.