As the blame game over a stinging package of deficit-reducing spending cuts grinds on, the White House said Sunday that as voters start to feel the pain, Republicans will pivot and seek compromise.

But the Republicans did not sound like they were in a mood to budge.

The administration of President Barack Obama also denied suggestions it is hyping the consequences of the so-called sequester — $85 billion in military and domestic spending cuts crammed into the seven remaining months of the fiscal year.

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