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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.”
Meanwhile, Democratic leaders huddled with Obama in the White House on Sunday night to discuss the situation, even as Senate Democrats were preparing their own debt ceiling bill.