Former Georgia congressman and speaker of the House Newt Gingrich appeared on CBS News' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, where he said a deal to end the government shutdown will not be reached within the next two days and called the situation in Washington a "big mess."
"I don't think we're headed to default, but I doubt a deal will be cut in the next 48 hours," said Gingrich. "It's much too complicated and I think that the very fact that you only had [Harry] Reid and [Mitch] McConnell meet yesterday for the first time in 17 days tells you how big a mess this is and how much the personal hostilities are part of this."
The federal government has been partially shut down for 14 days today. The Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the country will run out of money on October 17.
The standstill is between House Republicans and President Barack Obama. Republicans want to negotiate budget issues, including Obama's health care law, while the President has refused to start the negotiations until the government is reopened and debt limit raised.
"I think the President deliberately wants to strip the House of the ability to negotiate in these kind of environments because he understands he's got three years of dealing with them, [Republicans] are gonna keep the House [after 2014 elections]," said Gingrich. "I think he's really worried that they're gonna come back at him every 90 days and get one more bite and he is prepared to go to the wall. That's why when Boehner walks in and says 'I'll give you a clean debt ceiling bill for six weeks' [the President] says no."
Gingrich called the President "audacious" for trying to imply that the government shutdown is something unusual, even though this tactic has been used before on numerous occasions.