September 13th, 2009
03:54 PM ET
5 years ago

Let's move past Wilson's outburst, Cantor says


WASHINGTON (CNN) – The House Republican Whip said Sunday that the country needs to move on from South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson’s recent “You Lie!” outburst during President Obama’s address to Congress last week.

“Let’s go about the business that we are trying to get done which is to affect real health care reform,” Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

Cantor noted that Wilson’s apology had already been accepted by the president and Wilson has said he would not engage in that type of behavior again.

“We’ve got to look to how we get this health care reform done right – not just get it done. And there are areas that we can agree,” Cantor also said, citing banning the practice of denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, trying to ensure coverage to people who have employer-provided coverage but who lose their jobs, and working on medical malpractice reform.

But Cantor also suggested that President Obama had a ways to go if the White House is to be successful on one of Obama’s top domestic agenda items.

“Underlying the fear that we are seeing out across this country is this sense that somehow we’re going to be replacing government decision-making for that of the individual and their doctor,” the Virginia Republican said, “The president [in his address to Congress], I don’t believe went far enough to allay those fears.”

Cantor said the American people “want to see some guarantees” about preserving the relationship between doctors and patients, about the continued vitality of the private market for coverage so that it is less likely the government will ever be able discriminate in the provision of health care, and about paying for the estimated $1 trillion price tag over 10 years for Obama’s health care reform plan.


Filed under: Eric Cantor • Health care • State of the Union
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  1. Republican Truth

    Exactly! Wilson has apologized several times. No matter what he does and how many times he apologizes democrats will never be happy. Obama accepted his apology and that is what counts. Screw the rest of the idiots. Enough is enough!

    September 13, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Robert

    Suddenly he's worried about getting healthcare reformed???? LOL.. These guys are such clowns..

    He's concerned about the fear Americans on the right have? And how does he think they came about having that fear? What is responsible for it?

    Republicans are in no position to pontificate about the financial crisis this country is in. They put us there.

    And I disagree that they should drop the Wilson issue. Not only did he apologize under duress for the wrong reason, but he not only insulted the president, he insulted the Congress, and he does in fact his collegues an apology for that as well..

    September 13, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Suzan

    Bull, Obama doesn't need to slow down or change anything, he has enought support to pass the bill he wants and republicans don't want it......they are afraid if it works out then that will be another feather in Obamas hat and they don't want that either, they want him to fail and as for Wilson, he needs to be made accountable in the House as to his stupid outburst........

    September 13, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. New Day

    yeah, its taking time away from calling the President a socialist who hates America, right Eric?

    September 13, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Pragmatic

    The republicans are always ready to "move on" when their behavior is shabby, immoral or criminal ... but always ready to bring up the sins of Presidents Carter and Clinton ... at the drop of a hat ...

    If the GOP had come to the table with open minds and hearts maybe there would be progress: as it is – they lied, spun and mis-informed people with the sole purpose of scaring them.

    Still ranting about government getting between the patient and the doctor – really weird since last week it was my insurance company telling my doctor what she should prescribe! Stop lying and maybe we all can move on!

    September 13, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    We need to move past Eric Cantor too. This man says we can begin to work together as Democrats and Republicans as soon as Democrats "come off this notion of a public plan". Someone needs to inform Eric Cantor that he is in the minority and as such, does not dictate things. He, as a Republican may negotiate but there is no telling the majority what they have to do. That is part of the problem right now. Republicans are pushing for so much but not willing to give anything and on the other side, Democrats have taken control and now it seems there only job is to fight among themselves. It's a shame when you can take control and then all you managed to do after that is self destruct. Between the Democrats and Republicans, I wouldn't give you a hill of beans for the lot of them and I am a Democrat.

    September 13, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Vicky Thomas

    Wison was not very respectful of the President. I doubt he regret's his words and anger at all!

    September 13, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Keeth in California

    Do your job, Cantor. Keep your people in line.

    September 13, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Great Hope

    This should not be dropped until Congressman Wilson apologizes on the floor of the House for his breech of decorum. That would help set the limits for public discourse by politicians.

    No matter how much an individual may disagree with the president, shouting that he lied is not appropriate during an address to the joint congress. The record should show it.

    Either Congressman Wilson should apologize or he should be stand before the Congress and be rebuked or censured.

    September 13, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Ken in NC

    If President Obama manages to get his agenda moving as he wants and it works like he says it will, Republicans know that he will run again in 2012 and because his agenda worked or is working, he would be easily re-elected in 2012. Their job now is to slow the progress of the Obama Administration by throwing up as many distractions as possible to hamper the administration. Thus in year number 4, the Republican candidates running can say the Obama Administration has accomplished little of nothing. They will not say they were bogged down in all the road blocks they threw up at them and they know the Obama Administration cannot say it as they would be seen as whining. Republicans aren't stupid, just mean and nasty.

    September 13, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Doc in Virginia

    Pretty rich coming from Mr Incite the Wingnuts. Cantor is the biggest prevaricating fecal rock to hit the congress in ages. I live in SE Virginia and hope my northern brothers and sisters in Richmond can vote him out.
    He doesnt give a whit about the whole process. When Obama mentioned those who would destroy anything just to score political points; Cantor is first and foremost in that place. sice the inauguration he has led an assault on anything that can benefit Americans while secretly happy he can lie and say he is helping his district with dollars...from the same stimulus he voted against. His wife works in banking and her bank took stim dollars. Hypocritical and smarmy, he is the new GOP: Lie, lie lie.

    September 13, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Matt

    Eric is only slightly better than Joe. I couldn't quite get past him checking email on his blackberry during Obama's address. Show a little respect for the office. Although should I expect anything more from the bluebloods?

    September 13, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Connie, Indiana

    How come everytime a Republican gets their butts in a sling, they want to "get past it, and get on with the business" ,but let a Democrat do something stupid, it becomes fodder for the right til hell freezes over? Just wondering!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. teacher

    Isn't it time that the people we elected to represent us in Congress do just that. Any more it seems that Congress people ran for office just to get richer by accepting bribes from lobbists and other "interest" groups. Somewhere out there is an honest politician but he/she must be hiding because there is no indication one exists.

    September 13, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. KK

    The Party of No and Mr. Lie Wilson aren't even worth commenting on. Turn the page and Mr. President go on with the real problems in America.

    September 13, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. tigerakabj

    Cantor was texting while President Obama was giving his speech. Another sign of disrespect that was.

    Virginia, vote out Cantor next year.

    September 13, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. kfc

    I can't believe this clown has the nerve to even open his mouth. He is at the head of all this histeria. Cantor, you can not through stones and think the people will not remember what you have done. I pray for the day we the people of your state vote you out of office.

    September 13, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Hammerer

    Sure lets move on. If from what the Obama group has said and done since the "you lie" statement is is apperant that Wilson was right. The Obamacare would allow illegals to get free healthcare, as a matter of fact they are receiving free care now.
    Pelosi and Obama should apoligize to Joe Wilson ,and the rest of America. They can always blame it on "misspoke" again, since no one would believe that it was Bush's fault.

    September 13, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Tony from Michigan

    We need to move past the GOP. Cantor is a sad joke of a leader.

    September 13, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. S M R

    We will "Move past Wilson's comment" when you admit that your party cares more about BIG BUSINESS than the AVERAGE AMERICAN.

    September 13, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. W Spivey

    Cantor is a Republican double-tongued Viper. "Oh we are here to help, but we have nothing to offer so you can't do it by yourself"

    September 13, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Robert, Miami, FL

    I agree that everyone needs to get past it. Wilson' s follow-up actions made that harder.

    Retrenching and taking a hardline attitude about it, and fundraising based on this cowardly act, make it seem that the apology was insincere.

    You're not supposed to take benefit from a wrong action or get combative about it. You're supposed to be a model of humility, take your medicine and keep quiet for a while. Had he done this, the whole thing would have gone away by now.

    September 13, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Alan in Marietta, GA

    It's open mic night a CNN. Just let the republicans say what they want and not hold them accountable. When I was in journalism school, we were taught about the role of the media: to inform. CNN has greatly contributed to the confusion, giving Cheney daughter, Cantor, Gingrich and the rest of the bunch an open mic to slam the current administration. John King is one of the GOP representatives inside the media.

    September 13, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Debbie

    Uhhh no ". I am also rude Cantor." (Blackberry addiction)

    Wilson owes not just the President and the Chamber an aplogy he owes every Americcan that respects our form of government, and the offices or Representative and Senator.

    Not going to move on. Should Wilson, the GOP, or You choose to not apologize for the on-going behavior then we who believe in respecting the laws and rules of the functioning of our government will not move on either.

    BTW: Any person that hopes to run for President but cannot see fit to offer respect to the current Office of President does not deserve to ever be in that same office!

    September 13, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Tony

    I am convinced. The more they try to bring down Obama, the president comes out stronger.

    Some Republicans prayed for rain during Obama's acceptance of the nomination. Not a drop of rain fell from the sky in Denver, but several weeks later the Republican convention was delayed due to rain and a hurricane.

    Some Republicans thought that the Rev. Wright situation would have ended Obama's quest, but after Obama's speech on race, he came out stronger and picked up some voters that were still undecided.

    Obama gives a speech to the school kids about the importance of getting an education despite the fact that some parents denied their kids from listening. Now some of those same parents and school board members that blocked the speech have egg on their faces and admit that it was a good, motivational speech.

    Obama gives a speech about health care, explaining the consequences of not acting and giving credit to some ideas submitted by Republicans. After the speech, some people finally joined the president and understood what was at stake. And then the outburst from Rep. Wilson definitely gave the president more strength among independent voters.

    Apparently, some of the people that want to destroy him should look at this and realize that they are only making him stronger not only to many in the United States, but many others in other countries.

    September 13, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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