May 3rd, 2009
09:27 AM ET
5 years ago

Cantor: 'We've got a lot to learn' from Obama

Cantor acknowledged that the GOP is playing catchup on technology.
Cantor acknowledged that the GOP is playing catchup on technology.

(CNN) - House Minority Whip Eric Cantor tells CNN's John King that the GOP still has a lot to learn from President Obama.

"President Obama is a great communicator. We understand that," he said in an interview that aired on CNN's State of the Union Sunday. "He's also been very adept at adopting the technology of today to access the youth vote and the younger population of this country. That's the future, and I believe we've got a lot to learn. The Republican Party can't keep doing things the way it always has in terms of technology."

Cantor, along with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, held the kick off event Saturday for the National Council for a New America, a high-profile Republican effort to engage a diverse group of voters.

One new GOP face who seems to disagree with Cantor's point of view: Meghan McCain, whose father John McCain is involved with the NCNA effort.

"Simply embracing technology isn't going to fix our problem," the 24-year-old told a gay Republican group last month. "Republicans using Twitter and Facebook isn't going to miraculously make people think we're cool again. Breaking free from obsolete positions and providing real solutions that don't divide our nation further will."

The NCNA is planning to hold a series of town halls across the country in the coming months in an effort to re-cast the party’s image.


Filed under: Eric Cantor • Meghan McCain • State of the Union
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  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Strong

    You and others have recently shown a great interest in the teleprompter. Invented in 1950, the teleprompter isn't really all that remarkable you know. It is used by many, including but not limited to businesses, the news media, and politicans. Prior to President Obama, President Bush also used the teleprompter. I am sure many other presidents will continue the trend.

    May 3, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. C

    Noooo.... The Republican party needs to drop all of those crazy Neocons and right wingers, and get more moderates. This country is coming more together in the middle not the extremes.

    May 3, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. End Of An Error

    I just watched this interview with Romney and Cantor on CNN.

    I think Romney and Cantor are dangerous with their very conservative views and was really glad to hear Romney's opinions when he wasn't on the campaign trail. Cantor is no different.

    I think what the republicans need to learn – and they really need to learn it – is tolerance for other people. They cling to man's interpretation of what their god wants and that seems to be rights for straight white males.

    They both went on about God saying marriage is between a man and a woman. They apparently don't understand any of the science or studies that show homosexuals to have brain chemistry and function of the opposite gender.

    They think their god knows the only way people should live. They need to learn tolerance. I think that's what their god would want them to learn.

    May 3, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Reggie Payne

    I had to reread Cantor's statement after reading all the comments here.....man!! So let me get this straight, Republicans are worried about their "image"? So "image" is what's more important than the state of American well being? "Image" is going to improve American lives? I gotta admit, John's daughter gets it and Republicans like Mr. Cantor don't. And one last thing. How is it that Mr. Limbaugh gets to spew his anti-American rhetoric and still be called a "leader"? What has he ever done to be called that? Who or what has he lead? That's like John McCain saying he'd been "tested" while sitting in the cockpit of an airplane that was sitting on an aircraft carrier waiting on orders from the real the Commander in Chief (who by the way was facing the "test")........

    May 3, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Peter E

    It's not the image the GOP needs to revamp, it is their actions. In the last decade the GOP kept talking conservative, but went out of control on spending, interventionism, and privacy rights. They need to get back to real conservative values.

    May 3, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. faith

    Really?

    May 3, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Just Sayin'

    How do you repackage elephant feces?

    May 3, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. jared

    you like the others in the republican party "speak'em w/ fork tongue" ask the indians. i don't want to hear nothing persons of your ilk have to say. history proves you people don't care nothing about anything but your country club kind. no thank-you and you can't touch obama. you have 8 yrs to scheme like you folks did when clinton was in office. when president obama's term ends. then you folks can scheme and steal another election. like you did for g.w. bush. see ya would'nt want to be ya

    May 3, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Fredi

    ... and, let's not forget, Obama has something to say!

    May 3, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Joyce

    So they have identified their problem as being technology backwards.
    They must feel so relieved now that they realized where they've gone wrong.

    May 3, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Glennis

    All you people making disparaging remarks about everything the Republicans do are probably the same people who are outraged everytime someone criticizes Obama or makes a negative comment about the Democratic party. What makes you any better? Nothing; and most certainly not your tolerance for opinions not your own. Try practicing what you preach.

    May 3, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. Karen

    The Republican Party is so out of touch it's laughable. Twitter and Facebook can't help a party who can't seem to grasp that most of their hot issues are non-issues to the majority of Americans. Right now, they need to drop the social conservatives and blowhards. They represent a dwindling population who, quite frankly, are seen by many Americans as not only obsolete, but a little crazy in the face of what we're going through now.
    Changing the delivery of a message that basically states that Obama is a socialist, gay loving, anti-christ changes nothing and contributes nothing to a debate. Offering tax cuts to corporations while they pay billions in bonuses to corrupt CEO's and lay off thousands in an unregulated financial environment has failed us. The same can be said about the bail out packages, but in the face of no other viable solutions coming from the other side, what are we to do? At least there's some regulation now. The Republicans need to keep their mouths shut until they can offer some well thought out alternatives that amount to more than failed, trickle down economics.

    May 3, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Eric Cantor actually said some things that made sense! No intelligent thinking person will believe that Republicans can change overnight, but they will have to seriously change if they ever want to gain back any respectability! They can't just blow smoke up our -– and expect us to believe that they aren't the same as they were. They have a lot to prove to the American people, and most of us aren't willing to take what they say at face value.

    May 3, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. CitizenJane

    Considering that half of the republicans can't seem to get past the simplicity of a teleprompter, looks as if the GOP has a long road ahead . . .

    May 3, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Luke Brown

    If the GOP has a future in American politics, Meghan McCain has a lot better vision of what it should be than this guy Cantor. He's promising nothing different that the kind of divisive politics the voters rejected last fall.

    Bad ideas are bad ideas whether they are on Facebook or in the GOP platform.

    May 3, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. David

    It seems the Republicans think the majority of Americans are mindless sheep, willing to buy anything as long as it's in a nice shiny package.

    They are forgetting that the use of manufactured 'fear' of 'everything and everyone' was what got them votes. But the truth is out about them...and no sane person believes anything they say.

    So I say let them try to market the Republican Brand anyway they can: 'Classic Republican', 'Republican Lite', 'Green Republican', 'Republican Hybrid', 'Techno Republican', 'Cool Republican', 'Natural Republican'...because either way, it will still leave a bad taste in your mouth.

    This will be very much like the failed attempt to market 'high fructose corn syrup' as a 'good' thing..lol

    May 3, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. tony

    GOP Biggest Problem, 99.9% White!

    May 3, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. pam Eugene OR

    The Republicans simply don't get it. It is the message, not the way it is delivered. They have moved so far to the right with retread leaders and retread ideas.
    As long as they listen to Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter and O'Riley they will wander in the dark. It is so simple and it boggles the mind that they don't get it!
    I ALMOST feel sorry for them because they are so clueless. Karma can be a real serious issue and in this case it is so just.

    May 3, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. A. Darton

    Another Bush, another rich old white guy, and I'm not just sure what Cantor is. That sure looks like the same old Republican Party to me. The only ones missing was Cheney , Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck , and Michelle Bachmann. We have to be very careful not to fall for this bologna. All their cries about what President Obama is doing, from what I see he is just trying to clean up the mess which G.W. and these same Republicans help make over the last eight years.

    May 3, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Common Sense

    Megan McCain sound like the new voice for the Republican Party. Only if the stuborn "White Only Party" would listen. In these days and time you cannot rule and control anything with a "White Only" attached to it. That's what the Republican Party has always been and viewed as. They need to change their hearts. Try spreading love instead of hate. That's why it's so important to educate our children. It help to change their mind-set from thinking like old Republicans that still practice and think "I'm superior", "I'm better than them", "I should have and be in control" type mentality. The only way either Party will survive is to be willing to include everyone, regardless of whether we agree of disagree. The new America represent "Freedom" not "Division". If you are not willing to accept this new change, you are doomed.

    May 3, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Che-3

    Your comment is under moderation by CNN. Yea Right CNN, Suck it!

    This Racist Party of "NO" has lot to learn from Obama? Until this RACIST learns to think and behave like normal REAL human beings they have NO place in this World. There's no difference between this Racist Party of "NO" and evil Taliban and al-Qaeda. B warned they're the RACIST, evil Taliban and al-Qaeda group leaving amongst us in US under the disgust of GOP. Like robotic programmed evils, they ALL speak with the SAME prepared talking points. For the mess and pains caused to this peaceful WE WILL make sure they NEVER be voted to power under any circumstandces. They have played all the hands or cards.

    May 3, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. dace

    You can twitter your hate and fear mongering all day butt you will still be the same hateful wedge issue fringe party. And how about a new idea that would help too – your only mantra for the economy your party destroyed is "give more more more to the super rich like us, we will through pennies to the rest of you". Obama has vision and bold new ideas not just technology – so you think another bush, cult hair cream salesman, and confederacy boy are a new America? Good riddance.

    May 3, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. tony

    For Some Reason, The GOP reminds Me Of That Country Club, That Doesn't Allow People Of Color To Join.

    Sorry, But That's How I Feel!

    May 3, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Susan

    It's the message, stupid! It's not the technology or a brilliant communicator or any other such "thing" - it's the Republicans' MESSAGE!

    May 3, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Simmy

    Republican from Alerbami,

    You are so right.....Cantor looks like Rocky from "Rocky and Bullwinkle." So I guess Romney is Bullwinkle....What do two looney tunes characters know about politics - Right? Peace....

    May 3, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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