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Reid: Cantor 'shouldn't even be at the table'

By NBC's Libby Leist:  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid continued Democratic attacks on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Thursday morning, saying the Republican has shown he doesn’t belong at the negotiating table for the debt ceiling talks.  

“Even Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader McConnell seem to understand the seriousness of the situation,” Reid said as he opened the Senate for business.  “They're willing to negotiate in good faith, which I appreciate.  Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has shown that he shouldn't even be at the table.” 

Democrats pushed back Wednesday night after Cantor told reporters that President Obama “abruptly” left Wednesday evening’s negotiating session.  Cantor’s account was disputed by Democrats who accused Cantor of “juvenile” behavior and interrupting the president during the meeting.  Democrats were also quick to point out that Cantor himself had walked out of earlier debt talks led by Vice President Biden, a point Reid reiterated Thursday. 

Reid warned of the consequences of default, saying payments to the military would be in jeopardy and that “millions” of Americans would lose their jobs.  “If we allow this nation for the first time in its history to default on our national obligations, it will not only be a black mark on our reputation but also a massive financial disaster will sweep the world into global depression.”