CNN Political Unit
Washington (CNN) - President Obama knows that the ongoing budget protests in Wisconsin are just round one in the national battle for control of the budget message. So he's reportedly sent his outside political team, Organizing for America, to help build even larger crowds.
It's something that drew ire from House Speaker John Boehner on Friday.
"His political organization is colluding with special-interest allies across the country to demagogue reform-minded governors who are making the tough choices that the president is avoiding," Boehner said in a statement. "Rather than inciting protests against those who speak honestly about the challenges we face, the president and his advisers should lead."
When asked about the situation in Wisconsin, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said aboard Air Force One on Friday that Obama is "very understanding" for state governments and politicians to "reduce spending to make tough choices to be fiscally responsible."
"He's doing that at the federal level, and he understands that states need to do that at the state level," Carney added. "But he also feels very strongly that we need not to make this an assault on the collective bargaining rights of workers in any given state. He understands public employees need to make sacrifices just like everyone else."
Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker, staring at a $3.6 billion state deficit, says he needs to cut somewhere.
And he's getting cover from Boehner, who, like the president, knows that Wisconsin is really just a proxy for their own showdown coming March 4 - when funding for the federal government runs out and a possible shutdown is looming.
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