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White House: 'The President Has Always Believed that Deficit Reduction Is Not a Goal Unto Itself'

1:28 PM, Mar 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Jay Carney, speaking today at the press briefing:

"The president has always believed that deficit reduction is not a goal unto itself," said Carney. "The whole purpose of deficit reduction should be part of an overall policy objective of strengthening the economy, having it grow faster, have it create more and better jobs for the middle class. And that's the president's objective."

Carney then indicated the president's budget will not be balanced.

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