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Obama says willing to talk to Republicans, but not under duress

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the continuing government shutdown from the White House Briefing Room in Washington, October 8, 201
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the continuing government shutdown from the White House Briefing Room in Washington, October 8, 201

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday that a U.S. debt default could wreak havoc and he would talk to congressional Republicans about any topic but urged them to raise the debt limit without conditions.

Obama said he told House Speaker John Boehner in a phone call that he would not hold talks under the threat of a debt default or of keeping the government shut.

(Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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