Nancy Pelosi Declines Eric Cantor's State Of The Union Proposal

01/25/2011 01:35 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has begged off sitting with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) at Tuesday night's State of the Union Address, publicly announcing that she has already made other arrangements.

"I thank @GOPLeader for his #SOTU offer, but I invited my friend Rep. Bartlett from MD yesterday & am pleased he accepted," Pelosi tweeted to Cantor Tuesday afternoon. Bartlett is a Republican.

NBC News reported earlier Tuesday that Cantor had extended the invite to Pelosi, something of a surprise given the two lawmakers' contentious history.

Indeed, as recently as Monday, Cantor took a swipe at Pelosi when discussing potential State of the Union seatmates.

"I would love to have the opportunity for her to engage in some type of working relationship so that we can actually deliver results," he said on Monday, according to NBC. "Thus far, it seems she is continuing to drive the ideological agenda just the same as she did over the last four years."

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