October 24th, 2013
08:57 PM ET

White House: Durbin "I cannot even stand to look at you" quote a "misunderstanding"

The White House said Thursday that Sen. Dick Durbin's account of what a top House Republican leader told President Obama, "I cannot even stand to look at you..." during negotiations over the government shutdown - was inaccurate.

They said it never happened.

Durbin didn't back down. And today the White House backtracked, playing it off as a bad game of "telephone".

"The quote attributed to the lawmaker was not accurate, there was a miscommunication in the readout of that meeting between the white house and Senate Democrats," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Sources tell CNN that Durbin got the quote from a top-level source in the room – White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors.

So, who is telling the truth?

OutFront: Democratic Strategist Mark Hannah and former spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, Terry Holt

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