WASHINGTON (CBS) - President Obama continues his so=called "charm offensive" coming to Capitol Hill for a third day to forge a compromise with Congress over the budget impasse.
But with the House and Senate budget plans so far apart, and both sides digging in, there is no agreement in sight.
The president faced some of his most vocal critics Wednesday when he met with House Republican members. They welcomed him with a standing ovation. Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan says, "We were really, very sincerely appreciative of him coming to talk to the House Republicans."
But both sides left with a clear sense that they remain very far apart on how to solve the country's financial problems. President Obama says, "We're going to have a lot of work to do and let's face it: there are still a lot of divisions and arguments here in Washington."
Many Republicans remain skeptical the president will meet them halfway. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota says, "The president said he'd be happy to be bipartisan and work with us as long as we see it his way."
Some of the toughest questions came from congressmen who are convinced the president doesn't want to solve the budget crisis figuring it could help the Democrats win back the House in 2014. Rep. Michael Grimm of New York says, "I think the hesitation from my conference has been that we feel the president has been very political."
It's an argument the president flatly rejected. He says, "The politics of a lot of these issues are tough, and members sometimes are scared about making the right decisions."
Both sides continue to dig in when it comes to their main sticking point: new taxes. Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia says, "If the president wants to let our unwillingness to raise taxes get in the way, then we're not going to be able to set differences aside and focus on what we agree on."
Today, the president wraps up his Capitol Hill visits, meeting separately with Senate Republicans and House Democrats.
President Obama is expected to release his budget blueprint in April.