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5 debt ceiling deniers in their own words

The president says raise the debt ceiling or risk default and recession. But not everybody's buying it.

'It's like scaring ourselves'

debt ceiling doubt Richard Burr

"I'm not as concerned as the president is on the debt ceiling, because the only people buying our bonds right now is the Federal Reserve. So it's like scaring ourselves."

-- Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told Slate.

Yes, the Federal Reserve is a huge consumer of U.S. Treasuries. But it is by no means the only one. In fact, investors from countries across the globe own trillions of dollars in U.S. government debt.

  @melhicken - Last updated October 16 2013 11:42 AM ET

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