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Dem, GOP Leaders Spar Over Obama's Community Banks Plan

Speaking with Katie Couric after President Obama's State of the Union address, a Democratic leader and Republican leader sparred over the president's proposal to help community banks -- even though both said the intention was right.

Mr. Obama proposed tonight taking $30 billion of the money Wall Street banks have repaid and using it to help community banks extend credit to small businesses.

"Enough with the borrowing and spending," House Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said about the proposal on's Webcast. "We owe that money to the taxpayers."

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said it was hypocritical for Republicans to oppose the program while pushing for more assistance for small businesses.

Democrats, he said, "rose and cheered" at the president's plan. By contrast, he said, "I looked to the Republican side of the aisle, and they were all sitting on their hands... If you believe in small business, for goodness sakes, give them the lifeblood they need."

Durbin also commended the president's proposal to cut tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.

"Those are two fundamental things we should all agree on," he said.

Cantor responded that this proposal amounted to "protectionist policies."

"Those words sound nice, but we know what they mean," he said.

Watch the video above, along with more analysis on the speech from CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer and senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield. Or you click here for the full Webcast.

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