White House Urges Congress to Raise Debt Ceiling -- Despite 2006 Obama Vote Against Doing So - Political Hotsheet - CBS News quote from article: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs defended then-Senator Barack Obama's 2006 vote against raising the debt ceiling on Wednesday - even as he urged current members of Congress not to "play politics" with the issue. In 2006 Obama was aginst raising the debt limit calling bush out on spending. Now he wants the ceiling raised. We need a balanced budget amendment. Do not raise the debt ceiling. Cut spending so that we do not go deeper into debt.