Chamber, GOP Butt Heads on Debt Ceiling

Politicians supported by the group in 2010 are at odds with the organization's debt-limit stance.

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Whether fallout from the debt ceiling fight brings about further economic troubles--be it from a reduced U.S. credit rating abroad or spiraling deficits--remains to be seen. But the debate appears to have uncovered a fissure between some Republicans and one of the party's key backers. "In this situation, I think there might be some buyers' remorse from people who funded the ads against all the Democrats [in 2010]," says Democratic strategist Tom King. So when a deal is finally struck and the votes are tallied, the yeas and nays may prove consequential when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce evaluates which candidates to support as Election Day 2012 approaches.

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