House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday rebuffed Majority Leader Eric Cantor's invitation to sit together at the State of the Union address, informing the Republican lawmaker -- via Twitter -- that she had already accepted an invitation from another colleague from across the aisle, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.).
"I thank @GOPLeader for his #SOTU offer, but I invited my friend Rep. Bartlett from MD yesterday & am pleased he accepted," Pelosi tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
Cantor told reporters Tuesday morning that his office had extended an invitation to Pelosi and that he was waiting to hear back. The invitation came a day after he made an unprompted jab at Pelosi during a pen-and-pad briefing with reporters at which he charged that "it seems that [Pelosi] is continuing to drive an ideological agenda, just the same as she did over the last four years."
Also sitting with Pelosi and Bartlett will be California Democratic Rep. Judy Chu.