President Obama isn’t serious about dealing with government spending and the deficit, the Senate’s top Republican argued Sunday as lawmakers took to the airwaves to shout past each other about where and how much spending to cut in the government’s wildly bloated budget.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that after a number of conversations with Obama and Vice President Biden, he is not optimistic the president will take the opportunity provided by a Republican-led House to look for areas of compromise on spending cuts.

“I was hopeful that we would step up to the plate here, if you will, and use this divided government opportunity to do something big about our long-term problems. I don’t have any more complaints about no conversations with them. I’ve had plenty of conversations with them. What I don’t see now is any willingness to do anything that’s difficult,” McConnell said on NBC’s “Face the Nation.”

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