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Does Jay Carney’s confirmation that Washington has a spending problem mean the President will present a serious plan to tackle the deficit in his State of the Union address tomorrow? The Washington Post seems to have answered that question this morning (spoiler alert, the answer is: ‘no’), even though in a recent Quinnipiac poll Americans ranked the deficit as one of their top concerns.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Corrects Leader Pelosi – Confirms That “Washington Does Have A Spending Problem.” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that Washington does have a spending problem and the main driver of that problem is health-care costs. The remarks followed a statement by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Sunday that ‘It is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem.’” (Donvan Slack, “W.H.: We Have A Spending Problem,” Politico, 2/11/13)

Washington Post: “Obama: Job Of Debt Reduction Nearly Done.” “One thing you won’t hear when President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday: An ambitious new plan to rein in the debt.” (Lori Montgomery, “Obama: Job Of Debt Reduction Nearly Done,” The Washington Post, 2/11/13)

Poll: Deficit Ranks 2nd Among Americans Top Policy Concerns. “The nationwide poll found 35 percent of U.S. voters said the economy was a top concern, while 20 percent pointed to the federal deficit.” (Susan Heavey, “Economy, Deficit Top Voter Issues Ahead Of Obama Speech: Poll,” Reuters, 2/11/13)

Poll: Congressional Republicans Trusted More To Tackle Debt & Deficit Than The President. “…48 percent said they had more trust in Republican cut federal spending compared to 39 who backed Obama.” (Susan Heavey, “Economy, Deficit Top Voter Issues Ahead Of Obama Speech: Poll,” Reuters,   2/11/13)