President Barack Obama makes an opening statement during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
June 29, 2011 10:09:46 AM PDT
By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent
WASHINGTON - June 29, 2011 --
In a blunt challenge to Republicans in Congress, President Barack Obama insisted Wednesday that elimination of selected tax breaks for oil companies and the super-wealthy must be included in any deficit reduction plan.