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Cantor, Warner front and center in debt ceiling debate

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWBT) - In Washington, the debate is heating up over the approaching debt ceiling deadline.

Virginia Senator Mark Warner is hopeful that a plan by a bi-partisan group of senators can turn things around. That plan has been hatched by a group dubbed the "Gang of Six". While their plan has promise, Congressman Eric Cantor told me today that he doesn't think the numbers add up.

It was the kind of deals he struck when he was Governor of Virginia, and Mark Warner is hoping his Gang of 6 can do the same in D.C.

"An awful lot of folks think we need to stop shooting at each other and try and get something fixed," said Warner.

But Eric Cantor is at the center of those negotiations and isn't prepared to jump on board with a plan with some positives, but in the end may not work.

"When you look at the kind of revenues they are talking about in their package, at least loosely," said Cantor. "It doesn't make sense." 

The Gang of Six agreement is just one of many areas Cantor is attempting to wrangle. Newport News democrat Bobby Scott believes the republicans' priorities are not in order.

"We are talking about letting tax cuts expire," said Scott. "Or we can cut Social Security and Medicare to fund the tax cuts."

But in an era of high unemployment, Cantor believes tax increases will make things worse.

"They are talking about are raising taxes on the small business owners, the entrepreneurs and the middle class in this country," he said.

And Washington isn't the only place where compromise is hard to find. Wednesday a series of GOP state level candidates put our statements hammering their fellow republican, Governor Bob McDonnell for calling for a compromise. It makes you wonder how a deal will ever get done.

We have extended clips from the VA Congressional delegation on our political blog, DecisionVirginia.com.

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