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Paul Smalera

Raw audio: Cantor describes Obama walking out of debt talks

July 14, 2011

On Wednesday evening House Republican Leader Eric Cantor described to reporters* an abrupt end to debt ceiling talks at the White House. Cantor tells reporters that President Obama “walked out” and appeared “very agitated, seemingly.”

Cantor also recounted Obama telling the assembled political leaders that, “he ‘had sat here long enough, and that no other president — Ronald Reagan wouldn’t sit here like this.’” Cantor says he was taken aback when Obama warned him, “Eric, don’t call my bluff. I’m going to the American people with this.”

“I’ll see you tomorrow,” Cantor recounts Obama saying, as he shoved back from the meeting table and left the room.

The complete raw audio (with, warning, some flutter and background noise) is available below.

Note: If the flash player above does not load, the MP3 is available here: Eric Cantor on White House Debt Ceiling Talks

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*Note: This post originally said the recording was made by Reuters. In fact the recording was provided to Reuters by Rep. Cantor’s office. The sentence has been corrected.

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Most humans within our solar system, understands precisely what John Boehner is up to. The republicans, over the past decade, have spent trillions & trillions more than the democrats. With the next election a sure slam dunk for president Obama, they must push real hard to make the GOP look better by pushing, what they perceive as an [inexperienced president] around the oval office. President Obama will win this fight because he has the Clinton’s! We all can see now, it was the republicans who created the current SNAFU with no workable plan on how to make things better. John Boehner has painted him-self in the proverbial corner. The only question now is how much crow he can stomach before he learns; our President cannot be pushed into the floor.

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