President Obama abruptly left debt negotiations with congressional leaders at the White House when House Republican leader Eric Cantor said there was no longer time to engage in the large-scale deficit reduction discussions
Republicans clashed over Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to allow Obama to raise the debt ceiling, as McConnell warned that default could “destroy” GOP brand but House GOP Leader Eric Cantor rejected breaking the stalemate.
Obama declared during the meeting that he would not yield on his vow not to allow a short term extension.
If there’s no deal, the president would be forced to make difficult choices about what to pay or not pay. Lawmakers scrambled to come up with backup plans to decide who would still get paid if the government bumps up against its debt limit next month.
Rudy Giuliani said he’ll run for president if no other Republican can beat Obama. Michele Bachmann leads the House Tea Party Caucus, but for New Hampshire tea partyers, Rep. Ron Paul appears to be the GOP presidential candidate of choice.
Republicans have too many messengers, and not one who can go toe-to-toe with Obama, writes POLITICO.
And NBC chronicles Michelle Obama’s various missteps.