President Obama said that progress on a budget deal in Congress is being hampered by Republicans more worried about Tea Party primaries or what Rush Limbaugh might say, accusing his opponents of failing to put “the American people first.”

“If you are putting the American people first, if you are prioritizing them, then this shouldn’t be that difficult,” Obama said in an interview airing Friday on CNN’s “New Day.”

“And I’ve made this argument to my Republican friends privately, and, by the way, sometimes they say to me privately, ‘I agree with you, but I’m worried about a primary from, you know, somebody in the Tea Party back in my district,’ or, ‘I’m worried about what Rush Limbaugh is going to say about me on the radio. And so you got to understand, it’s really difficult.'”

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