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Cantor invites Pelosi to sit together at SOTU

From NBC’s Luke Russert
*** UPDATE ***
Pelosi has declined Cantor's invitation to sit together at the State of the Union Address, saying that she has already arranged to sit with Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md.

In a tweet, Pelosi said, "I thank @GOPLeader for his #SOTU offer, but I invited my friend Rep. Bartlett from MD yesterday & am pleased he accepted."
*** UPDATE TWO *** Cantor will now sit with Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., tonight.

From Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring:

"Minority Leader Pelosi declined Eric's offer, which would have resulted in the two party leaders sitting together. Eric will be sitting at the traditional spot on the House floor reserved for the Majority Leader and will be joined by Rep. Bobby Scott, his friend and colleague from Richmond."

GOP aides tell NBC News that Rep. Eric Cantor's chief of staff has asked Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office if she would like to sit next to the Republican Majority Leader for tonight's State of the Union.

When asked by NBC News about the offer, Cantor said, "I've not heard a response back from her office."

It is unclear whether or not she will accept the invite. As Democratic leader, she does have an assigned table in the room.

Yesterday, Cantor said that he wasn’t sure which Democratic colleague he would join for the address but noted that he would be happy to sit – as yesterday’s rumors hinted - next to Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

Cantor’s invitation to Pelosi comes on the heels of some harsh words for the former speaker. On Monday, Cantor praised Hoyer for his willingness to work productively across the aisle, a collegiality that Cantor said lay in “stark contrast” to his relationship with Pelosi.

“I would love to have the opportunity for her to engage in some type of working relationship so that we can actually deliver results,” he said.  “Thus far it seems she is continuing to drive the ideological agenda just the same as she did over the last four years.”

NBC’s Shawna Thomas and Carrie Dann contributed.