WASHINGTON (April 6, 2013)--Confronting bipartisan criticism, President Barack Obama conceded Saturday that his proposed budget is not his "ideal plan," But he said it offers "tough reforms" to the nation's benefit programs while closing loopholes for the wealthy.
Mr. Obama argued that his approach will provide long-term deficit reduction without harming the economy.
In his first comments about a budget he is due to release next week, Mr. Obama said he intends to reduce deficits while providing new spending for public works projects, early education and job training.
Mr. Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address that he's willing to compromise to move beyond what he calls "a cycle of short-term, crisis-driven decision-making."
In the Republican address, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said ideas for fixing the federal government are coming from the states.