CQ Politics: Blunt enjoys "considerable esteem from both sides of the aisle."
Article Hints Blunt's relationship with Republicans may be more strained than with Democrats
"Blunt has a close relationship with” House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer , D-Md., said a senior GOP aide. “Hoyer will get out the word that Blunt can be trusted."
Rep. Jim McCrery of Louisiana, top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, said, "It’s in good hands. Roy Blunt is a very good negotiator."
BUT . . . BELOW, WATCH A CLIP OF BLUNT'S DARE TO THE DEMS
"I WANT A DEAL BY MONDAY"
ALSO NEW . . .BLUNT APPEARS ON CNN:
On House Republicans' demands: "We want a bipartisan solution that has better protection for the taxpayers and more free enterprise principles and better protection for homeowners..."
On John McCain's role in the negotiations: "Everyone else is rushing for a deal and frankly John McCain came back and said, 'the House Republicans have the taxpayers in mind and I am with them.'"
On The Details: "I want a good deal by Monday. Well, we are in for a real negotiation. If there is no real negotiation, there won't be a deal and virtually all of my colleagues can go home to explain what was wrong in their mind with the deal that was being offered and how just a few additions here and there could have really made a big difference for the taxpayers and that is what we are going to try to achieve."