Pelosi to Cantor: Sorry, I've Got Other Date for SOTU

Tuesday, 25 Jan 2011 03:09 PM

By Dan Weil

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has rejected Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s invitation to sit next to him during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Pelosi says she already made a seat commitment, The Hill reports.

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi
"I thank @GOPLeader for his #SOTU offer, but I invited my friend Rep. [Roscoe] Bartlett from MD yesterday & am pleased he accepted," Pelosi writes on Twitter. Cantor extended his invitation Monday evening through staffers for the two leaders, says his spokesman Brad Dayspring.

“The Cantor-Pelosi duo would likely have been awkward,” according to The Hill. “The new GOP majority leader on Monday singled out Pelosi for unprompted criticism while he praised her chief deputy, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. Cantor and Hoyer were scheduled to have lunch Tuesday, and Cantor noted that while he and Hoyer met throughout the last Congress, he and Pelosi did not.”

Cantor says, “I would say that is in stark contrast to the now-minority leader.”

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