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Bachmann, Paul Appeared to Exert Little Influence over Colleagues in Debt Debate


Did Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul influence their House colleagues at all during the debt ceiling debate?

Both were very openly opposed to any debt ceiling hike. But when I asked House majority leader Eric Cantor, who had stopped by National Review for a discussion this afternoon, if their dissent had had any impact on their House colleagues’ votes, he paused for a beat.

“I don’t know about that,” Cantor sighed finally. 

After a colleague joked that GOP whip probably didn’t even have Ron Paul’s home phone number, Cantor recounted his efforts, when he was a deputy whip, to talk to Paul about votes.

“It was very educational,” Cantor said of his time with Paul. “He sent me some books after that.”

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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