Budget Battle: President Says Bill Seems Like More Of An Assault on Unions'

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama is giving his take on the Wisconsin budget repair bill. 

He told TODAY'S TMJ4 in an exclusive interview that sacrifices should be made to deal with fiscal changes, but that public employees should not be vilified.

"Some of what I've heard coming out of Wisconsin, where they're just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions," Mr. Obama said to TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson in a one-on-one talk.

"I think everybody's got to make some adjustments, but I think it's also important to recognize that public employees make enormous contributions to our states and our citizens."

The President also gave an example of a move his administration did at the federal level that is similar to things Governor Walker has done in other moves as an elected official.

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Governor Scott Walker
Madison Democratic State Senator Jon Erpenbach
Madison Teachers Union Executive Director John Matthews

"We had to impose a freeze on pay increases on federal workers for the next two years as part of my overall budget freeze. I think those kind of adjustments are the right thing to do."