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Boehner downplays report of tensions with Cantor

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks during his weekly on-camera news conference on Capitol Hill February 2, 2012 in Washington, DC.

 

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said Thursday that he enjoys a positive working relationship with his top GOP deputy, denying a report that tensions between him and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) had gotten so bad the two had been forced to call a "truce."

Boehner said that he and Cantor hadn't had a disagreement in over a year, though the speaker made veiled reference to behind-the-scenes staff feuds famous on Capitol Hill.

"We are teammates and we have been teammates, and I could tell you that I don't think there's been a disagreement between Eric and I over the course of the last year," Boehner said, "As you're clearly aware there's been a couple of staff rumbles from time to time but, you know, that's to be expected when you're doing big things."

Boehner and Cantor -- and, for that matter, the rest of the GOP leadership team -- are famous for staying in their own lanes, running separate political and press operations. Cantor is seen as the de-facto voice, though, for the more conservative, insurgent crop of House freshmen, who have made forging agreements or finding agreement difficult, at times, for the speaker.

Details of those tensions were contained Thursday in an article published in Politico, which announced that Boehner and Cantor's offices had met in January to call an effective truce between their operations.

"I talked to the whole leadership team this morning, along with the staff, the senior leaders, about our need to continue to work together for our team," Boehner told reporters. "And so, I feel good about where we are, and happy that we've got the team that we have."