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Obama Talks Some (Tense) Texas Politics

Sean Gallup/Getty Images (file)(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama faced some tough questions in a contentious interview Monday with ABC News Dallas affiliate WFAA-TV, from immigration reform to why he’s so unpopular in the Lone Star State -- which contributed to a quip from the president at the end of the interview.

“Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, alright,” Obama said to senior reporter Brad Watson.

Watson’s interview was among four local TV interviews President Obama participated in Monday at the White House, strategically picked locations and stations by the White House to get out president Obama’s message on deficit control, and no doubt a little forward-thinking for the 2012 campaign.

Watson noted that in Texas, the president’s plan for deficit reduction would be a tough sell, as the president is unpopular in the state.

“Texas has always been a pretty Republican state, for you know, historic reasons,” Obama said, noting however, that he had only lost the red state by a few percentage points to then-Republican contender Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) during the 2008 presidential race.

Watson corrected the president, noting that Obama had lost the state by a larger margin – at least 10 percent.

“I understand. I mean if what you’re telling me is Texas is a conservative state, you’re absolutely right,” Obama quipped back.

On Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who has at times criticized the president, the president opened up.

"Governor Perry helped balance his budget with about $6 billion worth of federal help, which he happily took, and then started blaming the members of Congress who had offered that help," President Obama said.

WFAA’s Watson also asked about the view from some that the White House did not award Houston with space shuttle orbiters, opting for other states that would help him in his re-election campaign for 2012.

"That's wrong," the president responded. "That had nothing to do with it; the White House had nothing to do with it." When asked again, the president said, "I just said that wasn't true."

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Diplomacy In Action: Senators Pick The Super Bowl

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers face off Sunday in Dallas in Super Bowl 45. We asked some of America’s lawmakers who they’re picking for the big game.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-MT, predicted that the Packers will cover the three-point spread in a high-scoring affair that will exceed the over/under of 45 points.

Across the aisle Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-UT, told said he likes the Steelers and the under, while making the predictions in very diplomatic terms.

“I think the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to win,” Hatch said. “They’re a tough team. They’ve got a great quarterback. I think Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback, too. But the Steelers have what it takes defensively to win this game.”

Some senators have a real rooting interest in Sunday’s game in Big D. Take Wisconsin’s new senator, Republican Ron Johnson.

“Packers fans can take great pride in the team’s tremendous run over the last few months. They’ve earned their spot in the Super Bowl by performing superbly down the stretch and winning tough games on the road,” Johnson said in a statement this week. “The Steelers are a worthy opponent, but I’m confident that on Sunday evening, the Packers will bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be Capitol Hill if everyone just played along, so fittingly one senator declined to pick the game, opting instead to make a political point.

“If we were any good at predictions, we wouldn’t have a $14 trillion debt,” quipped Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK.

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