Boehner says McConnell plan "might look pretty good in a few weeks" 

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, just told reporters that he thought Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's so-called "last resort" option for resolving the debt ceiling stalemate should be left on the table.

"Mitch described it as a 'last ditch,'" Boehner said, adding that whatever people think of it at the moment, if no deal is reached, "it might look pretty good a few weeks from now."

The McConnell proposal, which would give Obama the ability to raise the debt limit by as much as $2.5 trillion without Republicans directly voting on it, has been deemed by many as "dead on arrival" in the House, but when asked whether he thought it had the votes to pass, Boehner merely responded, "I have no idea."

Boehner also dismissed the idea of tensions between himself and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, as well as charges that the Virginia Republican has been unhelpful to the talks.

"We've been in this fight together, " Boehner said, standing next to Cantor. "We're in the foxhole. I'm glad Eric is there, and anyone who has a different opinion, they can keep that to themselves."

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