A House Democratic leader on Wednesday suggested House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) don't enjoy a good relationship.
"If they've got a good relationship, I don't want to see a bad one," said Assistant Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.) in an appearance on MSNBC.
Clyburn criticized Boehner and Cantor for having different views on the debt-ceiling talks.
"The facts seem to be very clear to me that this team — the Speaker and the leader on the Republican side — cannot seem to get on the same page," Clyburn said on MSNBC.
Clyburn's comments are the latest in an effort by Democrats to play up strife on the GOP side in the debt talks. On Tuesday, House Democrats said they weren't sure who was leading the House GOP. President Obama reportedly played up the differences between Cantor and Boehner during a White House meeting with congressional leaders on Tuesday.
"If what I saw in the media reports this morning is an indication, then we've got a real problem because it seems as if the president can't seem to figure out whether he's dealing with the Speaker or the leader," Clyburn continued. "They need to get themselves together, and I really believe we can get something done. There's a real problem here inside the Republican Conference, and nobody on the Democratic side should be held responsible for that."
Boehner walked away last weekend from a $4 trillion "grand bargain" over what he said was Democratic insistence that tax hikes be included. Cantor had cast doubts about the $4 trillion package before Boehner, raising the perception of a split.
Over the last several days, Boehner and Cantor have repeatedly insisted they are on the same page in the talks, and they have worked to offer reassurances to their conference.