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
soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. conniesz

    Republicans are currently irrelevant – I don't care about the lack of decorum, just move on without them and get this done. We do not need bipartisanship at this point, we just need a majority to act responsibly. If some Republicans want to join the majority – good for them. But, they are not necessary in any way. That is what they need to get over.

    Wilson should apologize to his colleagues for his breech of decorum, he can do that without uttering a single word in apology for what he said.

    September 13, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. makesUwonder

    Oh, I don't think the left is ready to move on. They will use Rep. Joe Wilson and citizens for one thing and one thing only.....their political gain.

    September 13, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. g

    republicans say let health insurance industry correct itself whats it been doing for 30 yrs practicing correction

    September 13, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. k

    oh yes let's move past the you lie and let's move past the gun toting folks lingering outside the area where the president is speaking and let's move past the death panel lies and let's move past the he is not american folks and let's move past the president simply cannot tell the students of this nation to study and do well in school Yes let's move past it all kind of the same way we moved past the lie that got us into Iraq and has killed our kids and theirs Oh yes let's move on

    September 13, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Nancy G

    Yes Eric Cantor we all noticed how well you paid attention the other night. It was more important to text whoever it was than to pay attention and do the job you were sent to do.....work for the american people.

    September 13, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Jim

    As I look around various news sites, the majority of commentary about Wilson is from Republicans saying the Democrats are playing politics.

    If Cantor wants to move on, then he can't keep is people on topic.

    September 13, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Ted Tartaglia

    Cantor wants to move past the issue because he doesn't want people to think about how low the Repub party has sunk. These Jesus freaks condemn everyone else for their lack of civility and morals while trying to ignore their own repugnant behavior. They are a bunch of hypocrites with nothing to offer. Cantor is quick to criticize but has offered nothing to solve the economic or healthcare crisis.

    Cantor talks about fiscal responsibility now but was noticibly silent while Bush and the Repubs were bankrupting the country. What a phony!

    September 13, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. carole

    Rep. Cantor, I can only move on when Joe Wilson is publicly
    admonished by the Congress. This is the only act that will firmly
    show the public that our system is attempting to keep its decorum
    and credibility. I USED TO BE A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN but
    have changed to Independent given the outragdous, obstructive,
    spoiled-child-like behavior of the Republican party. It is shameful and the time to move on will come when a whole lot of Republicans
    start showing signs of growing up. It appears to so many of us that
    the Republicans greatest concern is to obstruct Pres. Obama from
    doing anything that might be helpful to the people of this country.

    September 13, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Xavier

    Cantor is about as sincere asa wolf in sheep's clothing. I am surprised he didnt start texting during his tv spot.

    September 13, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. They call me "Tater Salad"

    But, if it were a Democrat who did that to the "village idiot" (Bush) the last thing you would do is move past it! Get real! You're not fooling anyone Cantor! The American people didn't just fall off the back of a turnip wagon you fool, We've been playing your games (GOP) for the past 8 years! Do you honestly think that we don't know you? Give me a break!!!!

    September 13, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Ed Hunt

    Shouldn't Mr. Cantor apologize for texting all during the President's speech?

    September 13, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. stan

    Can the democrats see how the gop is running scared on this because the gop knows they cant afford to get the latino cummunity even more upset then they have done already,the gop knows they cant keep talking about illegal immigration because its a no win situation for the gop,thats why you see all these republicans like cantor in grahm is getting on tv in telling people lets move on,if joe wilson would have protested about abortion rather then immigration the gop leaders would be all over the networks keeping this going,but the gop knows they cant keep this going,in the democrats are so stupid not to see how scared the gop gets when immigration is being talked about in the media,they gets horrified,they dont want to talk about it or even mention illegal immigration,can the democrats see this,are they blind,the gop dont want this fight at all,the gop is praying obama dont try in pass immigration reform before the midterms because the gop knows its going to be a diaster because they cant control the right-wing of their party,in they knows the lationos will not vote for them period in that will be a diaster.

    September 13, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. ib

    Funny; all this fuss about Wilson while Rangel who has done much worse is being covered by the same people who are trying to lynch
    Wilson. Could you say hyprocrites!!!!

    September 13, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. vick

    can we please have this guy removed from television forever... GOP are buch of corporate thugs and they are the ones holding the coutry back and they are the ones creating illegal wars with other countries.... GOP IS DONE FOR GOOD!!

    September 13, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. Forky Tongue!!!

    Rep. Cantor said Sunday that both parties should be working on achieving an agreement on health care reform legislation.
    Yea Right Mr Blackberry!!! Save it for Fox News !!!

    September 13, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. Bill

    Give me a break, the last 8 years the previous administration went through the exact same outbursts, and a lot worse, behavior. Not to mention any organization seen as supportive being singled out for attack, (General Betray Us? anyone?) Where was the outrage then? Oh, sorry forgot the party matters when determining civility.

    September 13, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    The country can move on when President Obama signs the Health Care Reform bill and Wilson is disciplined by the House for his boorish behavior. Rather than being truly sorry for his behavior, Wilson is enjoying the support from the GOP's extreme right wing and conservative talk show entertainers.

    September 13, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. mike l

    Does cantor even know what the President said, considering he spent the entire night twittering on his Blackberry. That was as disrespectul as wilson's outburst. Or did cantor miss that, too?

    September 13, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. REPUBLICANS LIE

    Eric Canter is a run of the mill Republican fraud. Whenever he opens his mouth we hear right wing propaganda and a ridiculous perverted version of what America is really about. He's a fine successor to Tom Delay in the reactionary American hating Republican leadership.

    September 13, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Duck Fallas

    The President took the high road. A man of class, intelligence, and dignity. God Bless him.

    September 13, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. MLH

    I doubt Wilson could do more to fill the lowest or highest expectations of him. His first apology was sort of 'sorry you lied,' and I doubt the second, third, or fourth one will be any better. Let the him slither back under his rock before the sun dries him up.

    It is amusing when Republicans insist that if it is their guys' bad behavior, we should move past it and address real issues, and if it is a Democrat's bad behavior, we should rung it up the flag pole every single freaking day, because 'it is illustrative of a deeper problem.'

    September 13, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. sc

    We is white people and smartor thin everone else. We don't have kno ned to apoligize. this hear is ours countree.

    September 13, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. Larry - Hazleton, pa

    Mr Cantor how about putting your words in action – you have been opposed to any health care from day one – I have listened to you many many times and you have not once put forth any constructive ideas – you and your party are only againist anything that makes sense in order to make your political points – shame on you and your party.

    September 13, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Rita OHIO

    It is a matter or principle.

    Lewis needs to apologize on the floor of Congress. He broke the rules of decorum and worse yet; he is fundraising over his rude behavior. He is saying he look I can yell at the President for you give me money!! ENOUGH

    Move forward on Health Care Reform and make this coward apologize for breaking the rules.

    September 13, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. DA

    uh, it figures a Republican would say this.
    Wilson needs to kicked out of Congress!!!
    Also, if America really wants to move past all the political bickering amongst the parties...Insitute TERM LIMITS!!! It is time that we get folks who sit in office collecting a check and doing nothing OUT!!!
    Also, for those who think that's why we have elections PLEASE think about it....The same folks who tend to vote in elections are the same ones who benefit from the bozos that are constantly being re-elected to office!!! TERM LIMITS NOW!!!

    September 13, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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