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Durbin fabricated story about GOP, says White House

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The White House is refuting claims by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who posted a message on his Facebook page saying an unnamed GOP leader told President Obama during government shutdown negotiations that “I cannot even stand to look at you.”

Durbin wrote:

Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn’t try hard enough to communicate with Republicans. But in a “negotiation” meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: “I cannot even stand to look at you.”

What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful?

When asked at Wednesday’s White House daily briefing, chief spokesman Jay Carney confirmed he’d discussed the claim with others present at the time, saying they denied it ever happened, according to The Hill.

“It did not happen,” Carney said, explaining he discussed the incident with a “participant in the meeting,” The Hill reported.

After House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, gave a simple one-word denial, his spokesman added that Durbin’s claim “appears to have been invented out of thin air.”

“The senator should disclose who told him this account of events, retract his reckless allegation immediately, and apologize,” the spokesman, Brendan Buck, said.

Rather than argue an issue on its merits, Durbin appears to prefer ad hominem accusations, much like U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., the No. 1 Democrat in the Senate. Durbin is the No. 2 Democrat. He’s learning well.

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