White House: ‘There Are No Winners Here’

‘The American people paid a price for this’

White House: 'There are no winners here' (Politico)

While Democrats are being cast as the early winners in the deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit, the White House doesn't see itself as the victor.

"There are no winners here," press secretary Jay Carney said at his daily briefing Wednesday. "We said that from the beginning, and we're going to say it right up to the end because it's true. The American people have paid a price for this."

Earlier this month, a senior administration official told the Wall Street Journal that "we are winning" with a drawn-out shutdown, but the White House pushed back on that quote in much the same way that Carney did on Wednesday.

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