08/01/2011 07:27 EDT | Updated 10/01/2011 05:12 EDT

Senior Obama adviser applauds new debt-limit deal, bemoans 'messy' political fight in capital

WASHINGTON - A top adviser to President Barack Obama says reaching a debt-limit accord that avoids a government default lifts a big cloud over the economy.

David Plouffe (pluff) tells CBS's "The Early Show" Obama isn't worried about perceptions of weakness in dealing with House Republicans, saying "we're not concerned about any of that."

He says both sides now have "a result that produces good deficit reduction at the front end." Plouffe also says it was critically important to get agreement on a debt extension through next year. He says having the same fight again in six months "would be a bad idea."