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Politicians, public react to looming sequester cuts

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Politicians and the public are reacting to the looming sequester cuts.

President Barack Obama says it may take a couple of weeks or a couple of months to reach a deal to end Washington's battle over spending cuts.

The president spoke after meeting with congressional leaders at the White House on $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that go into effect Friday.

Obama says the cuts are "dumb and arbitrary" and he blamed them on Republicans in Congress.

In an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 53 percent of the general public say that they preferred the sequester cuts, or a plan with more cuts, while 37 percent wanted a plan with fewer cuts.

After speaking at the Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation Lender's Appreciation Breakfast, Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan said he understood the public's wariness and was disappointed with the actions of Congress.

Mirroring Obama's opinion, Ryan said that Congress should not have been at home but rather in Washington working.

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