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July 14th, 2011
05:25 AM ET

Question of the Day: Will President Obama’s outburst yesterday help resolve the debt debate?

(CNN) - A fourth straight day of negotiations intended to head off a possible government default ended on a tense note Wednesday, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and President Barack Obama squaring off over the Republican's call for a short-term extension of the federal debt ceiling.

Cantor, R-Virginia, told reporters after Wednesday's meeting that he proposed a short-term agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling, a position Obama has previously rejected.

"That's when he got very agitated and said I've sat here long enough - that no other president - Ronald Reagan - would sit here like this - and that he's reached the point that something's gotta give," Cantor said, adding that Obama called for Republicans to compromise on either their insistence that a debt-ceiling hike must be matched dollar-for-dollar by spending cuts or on their opposition to any kind of tax increase.

"And he said to me, 'Eric, don't call my bluff.' He said 'I'm going to the American people with this,' " Cantor quoted Obama as saying.

American Morning wants to know: Will President Obama's outburst yesterday help resolve the debt debate?

Post your response here. Your answer could be included in this morning's broadcast.


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  1. Marina Antic

    Yes! I have been waiting for President Obama to say this! The Republicans have been bluffing all along that they will let our country default and have been using this very serious issue to score political points. They better realize that the American people stand with the President on this and I think his comment made that clear. I think Pres. Obama should "go to the American people with this" and call the Republicans out on trying to destroy our economy in order to score a few political points.

    July 14, 2011 at 6:12 am |
  2. Johnny Jones

    Yes big time....anything to convince Cantor that, although this President typically maintains a positive and calm demeanor, Obama means business in contesting the fact that the stubborn Republican elite are holding the entire country hostage in an attempt to further own political careers. Cantor and his fellow tea party "wack jobs" are denying the obvious and using every American's livelihood as collateral. Shame, Shame, Shame on the GOP.

    July 14, 2011 at 6:10 am |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Will President Obama's outburst yesterday help resolve the debt debate? yes

    Past seven months Eric Cantor overshadowing house speaker John Boehner that is unspeakable behavior. So we know who is Eric Cantor

    Poll after poll Americans express their views on tax increase and Medicare cuts

    “A full 72% of adults approve of increasing federal taxes on households making more than $250,000” CNN money 04-22 -2011

    Even Rasmussen reports 56 % Oppose Medicare cuts

    Obama is with us Eric Cantor is not

    July 14, 2011 at 6:09 am |
  4. dennis z

    No....sure Obama, come to the people....you're in for a rude awakening...just another reason for us to drag you out of the white house by your ear!

    July 14, 2011 at 6:08 am |
  5. charlie carley

    its' about time obama. you should have given them a few months in the begining to come to the table thengone on without them. I say close our overseas bases, stop giving millions to other countries untill we are taking care of our own citizens and yes including healthcare, education and getting our infastructure back in tip top shape. we have been sliding for decades while we mind buisiness round the world. It's time we concentrate on US the united states of america even though right now we are not very united

    July 14, 2011 at 6:08 am |
  6. Antonio Merrick

    The Republicans made it plain and simple, they want him out. The Republicans have been working towards 2012 since 2008, not working towards making our country stronger. I'm an Independent and the Republicans are not convincing me or other independents to come off the fence. No wonder our young people rather be celebrities than politicians.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:52 am |