WASHINGTON (CBS) President Barack Obama and congressional leaders will sit down again this afternoon to try to reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is not letting their apparent impasse discourage him.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Kirk says in the end, Congress must approve an agreement to raise the debt ceiling. He says the faith and credit of the nation must be defended.

But he is not sure the $4 trillion deal President Obama wants can pass.

“Over the last several weeks, I’ve thought that the mini-deal was more likely to happen, because the bigger deal requires more basic decisions to be made,” Kirk said, “and I think if the mini-deal is adopted, we will have to revisit all of these issues in December.”

Kirk does not think the “mini-deal,” a $2 trillion short-term fix, is the way to go either.

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