The battle for public opinion is getting hot and personal with a television ad aired by labor groups that calls out House Majority Leader Eric Cantor over the 11th-hour debt limit drama.
The liberal Americans United for Change, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, the Service Employees International Union and the National Education Association are running the ads in Cantor's Virginia district and in GOP districts in seven other states.
It opens with a ticking clock and shows a white-whiskered man fretting and near tears and a soldier hugging his child. A narrator says that without a deal by Tuesday, the nation will default on its debts for the first time. If Social Security, veterans benefits and military pay checks don't arrive, the ad says, thank Cantor.