Cantor praised Boehner’s handling of the negotiations and called Obama’s demand for a debt limit that will run past next year’s election “purely political and indefensible.” Cantor also said that because Obama controls the bully pulpit, “the only way to overcome him is to remain united.”
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) took a hard shot at Obama as well, telling lawmakers: “The president is throwing a fit because he’s worried about the election. He doesn’t want cuts, he wants increases. He lost his cool the other night because he knows he won’t get what he wants if we remain united.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.