Politico: President Obama to Democrats: Entitlements may have to change

By GINGER GIBSON | 3/12/13 2:03 PM EDT Updated: 3/13/13 6:28 AM EDT

President Barack Obama told Senate Democrats on Tuesday that his budget to be released in April would align closely with their priorities.

He also warned that Democrats need to embrace at least some changes to unsustainable entitlement programs in order to achieve their long-term priorities.

The president made the case, senators attending the luncheon said, to protect entitlements for future generations — a key Democratic priority in negotiations with Republicans over a deficit reduction deal known as a grand bargain.

But Obama acknowledged that Social Security and Medicare — big drivers of federal spending — wouldn’t survive without some changes to save money. Obama added that Republicans must first agree to more revenue hikes before the White House would concede on changes to entitlement programs, senators attending the luncheon said.

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