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. BN

    I think this is a disgrace that a person at the position of wilson would would be so disrespectfull to the president it is in my opinion that all these prostest against the president has been fueled by racist congressemen that cannot come out and be honest about they're racism, These people are all afraid and worried that Pres. obama might be the first president to taking on this cause and "WIN' , and that OBAMA has a chance to change the way our government work and change they're mentality right now we vote for these IDIOTS to represent the people but it seems like they are more worried about the companies than the CITIZENS whom voted for them. I am ashamed this is the reason I do not vote for this Idiots.

    September 13, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Denise....Boardman, Ohio

    I don't know whether the cause for Mr. Wilson's disrespect toward the President was racist or not, but what I do know is that if this had happened to a "Republican" president Mr. Cantor and all of his minions would be up at arms calling for the person's head on a platter and insisting that he/she be expelled from Congress....I am not too worried about whether Mr. Wilson will "apologize" to Congress or not. The Dems need to "get a back-bone" now that they have control of Congress and make the necessary changes to make sure this type of nonsense doesn't happen again......if we have learned anything it should be that "what goes around, comes around"......there WILL be another Republican president, Mr. Cantor so don't forget your phrase "we should just move on".....

    September 13, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. sgj

    ... translation ... dont hold us accountable for anything and let us continue to be the party of no and no ideas.... but again please dont call us on it.

    September 13, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. bill

    I hope that everytime someone complains about Obama or the way that this country is being run we don't have to hear "the race card". He can not hide behind the color of his skin or his predecessor for much longer. But I doubt that he will ever admit to his shortcomings.

    The TEA PARTY is about alot more than just what is going on right now. I think that there is enough people tired of being "over governed".

    Has anyone noticed the low percentage of approval of our government officials. Alot of people are tired of insurance companies laws. ie, seatbelts, mandatory insurance coverage, zero tolerance traffic laws, etc.

    I have just joined the TEA PARTY yesterday and I planned on being a very active member, WE NEED OUR COUNTRY BACK.

    September 13, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. anonymous

    Who cares what Eric Cantor says or thinks? He was almost as likely as Wilson to be the one shouting at the president.

    September 13, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. Trollmaster

    I totaly agree with Cantor. The guy said he's sorry. Let's move past this.

    Althought what purpose does this serve the GOP? all they want to do is stall, and water down valid health care reform anyway.

    September 13, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. John

    Wilson's behavior since his apology, if you want to call it an apology, has made dropping the matter impossible.

    September 13, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. williefloyd

    Who cares whether he apologizes or not??? He didn't make the first one of his own free will, so it's worthless anyway. By the articles in our local paper today, it seems as though we may be on our way to ridding our state of our "esteemed" Gov. Sanford. Maybe Mr. Wilson should watch the writing on the wall-he may be next. I can only thank him for convincing me it is time to change from an Independent to a Dem.!! No more lying Reps. for me.

    September 13, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW

    Let's move on, Cantor says?

    Wow, crazy Republicans are actually staring to worry about how their horrible behavior looks to rational and sane Americans, i.e. the vast majority.

    Cantor must be looking at internal numbers that show his Party losing big-time in the next election if the Joe Wilsons keep spewing nonsense.

    There's hope yet for civil debate on real issues!

    September 13, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. WethePeople2009

    Please keep Don Lemon’s, from CNN, dialogue going.

    Many can see that “The Tea Party Express” is a cover for those that do not accept the first African American as the 44th President of The United States of America!

    If these individuals are afraid of the deficit and the direction the Country is taking why were they silent for 8 years while President Bush swallowed President Clinton’s surplus and buried the nation in trillions of dollars in debt?

    September 13, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. ron

    The Republicans keep on saying that they have a plan. I hear it every time one of these Bozos get on Television. Then they say start over again with Health Care reform. Does that mean that their plans are no good or they really don't have one. The only real plan the Republicans have is to make sure that the American people get screwed by the Insurance companies while they line their pockets with donations.

    September 13, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. Pam

    Cantor and any other republiCON can forget it. OBAMA /BIDEN 2012. To let the republicans back in office is pure suicide. To think of it..maybe that is the republican agenda for the USA...self destruction!

    September 13, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. Joan

    Actually, Wilson apologized to Pres. Obama for calling him a liar which was appropriate and was accepted by the President. However, he did not apologize to his fellow members of the Congress for breaking protocol and acting badly at the joint session. Apparently that is never supposed to happen and it would be appropriate for him to apologize briefly for that bad behaviour and then everyone can move on. It seems odd that he is now cashing in on rude, poor behaviour. That is strange politics! Why didn't Cantor and his fellow Republicans come up with these brilliant health care ideas during the last eight years? It is only now that they think they have all the answers. Too little too late.

    September 13, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  14. 4 Palin

    Wilson was just echoing what a lot of people know–may have been the wrong venue, but his comment has made the administration "sit up and take notice" that we do not want to support illegal immigrants in this bill. This would happen–but now everyone is watching–and I think Congress will realize that they need to "tread lightly". I a neither a Republican or a Democrat, I think for myself and don't need any of you to think for me–but our country is more divided now that we have ever been–"United We Stand, Divided We Fall" -

    I think that DOJ (Holder) needs to call for an investigation of ACORN!!!! What do you think the chances are of that???

    September 13, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. Chris

    Democrats need to let this go. Trying to jump on the Republican bandwagon and take every mis-step by the opposition to town for all it's worth is a huge miscalculation. In one fell swoop, Democrats have made this nobody into a national celebrity. He's all over the news, prominently right next to all of these articles about how the Tea Party "movement" lacks a national leader. You watch, Democrats, you keep making this guy the center story, and not only do the corrupt insurance companies win a sidetracked debate, but this yahoo is going to be the Republican nominee for president in '12.

    It pains me to realize that Republicans, irredeemably corrupt as they may be, are far better at executing their wanton playbook. Do Democrats really have to be this incompetent? No wonder the opposition calls you dumb.

    September 13, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Bryan

    I'd be happy to move past Wilson's comment.

    Soon as he is impeached and imprisoned for his crime, namely, that of treasonous remarks. We are a country at war, in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Wilson should be locked up.

    September 13, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Gadgtfreak

    Eric Cantor can't talk. he texted and twittered while sitting down front. He wants to get past this because the Republicans don't want the world to see thier real face. That is one of hatred, ignorance and disrespect.

    September 13, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. Sharon

    I'm sorry, Eric Cantor is not someone I have any respect for. He has repeatedly lied about just anything he could. His stimulus package that he said was presented to the President never existed. He hides behind this Country First motto but in reality he is sheer politics. Speaking of disrespectful, he spent the entire time Obama was speaking on his Blackberry. I can reconcile in my mind that Wilson was feeling very passionate about his position. Cantor on the other hand is pure calculated lies.

    September 13, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. Clay

    I'm sorry, but I can't hear him above the sound of his twittering during the Presidenet's speech. What a complete and total twit. And he expects to be taken seriously? Fat chance.

    September 13, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. june

    Yes, right after Wilson apologizes to the congress for his dispectable outburst.

    September 13, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. T Barbuti

    It's unfortunate that rude behavior is detracting from serious discussion about health care reform. We now need to have another nationwide discussion about respect, sharing and taking turns. I would not tolerate outbursts, name calling and shouting down 'the speaker' in my classroom. Congressman Wilson is not setting the example I want for my children. Yes, the president was owed an apology but so is anyone else who was offended by his behavior.

    September 13, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. historian

    The Republican party is in a very sad state. Will Eric Cantor and Joe Wilson behave like adults or stomp their feet when they discuss the Health Care Reform? Why all the theatrical, political drama?

    September 13, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  23. Mike

    Why should we move past the outburst? Wilson did two thing in that moment during Obama'a speech. He yelled, and he lied (yes, calling a person who is telling the truth a liar counts as a lie). He apologized for the yelling, but not for his lie. Republicans like Wilson and Cantor may be able to fool people who's reading comprehension skills aren't up to snuff, but they cannot fool the rest of us who actually know how to use our brains.

    You say you really want reform as well, Cantor? The first step to helping is to stop lying yourself. Admit the death panel talk is foolishness,...accept that this is not a plan for government takeover.

    What, you won't do that? Oh that's right, you really don't care about health reform after all. You don't care about helping America...all you care about is controlling America.

    September 13, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. T'SAH from Virginia

    YEP... just like we moved passed Rev. Wright. This is WEEKEND news and it will MOVE ON, starting Monday!

    Let's not call the President of the United States a LIAR on a Wednesday or Thursday because it will be carried in the media for the entire weekend!!!

    However, the HATE carried on the ENTIRE CAMPAIGN regarding Rev. Wright and President Obama still got elected!!!! So, the Republicans should be HAPPY!!

    September 13, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. Robin

    Health care will not insure illegal immigrants. It's okay to exploit illegal immigrants and that they have triple in number and is becoming a threat to the majority, the GOP is upset. Who has been employing the illegal immigrants? Don't get mad now! You hired them and just like African Americans, they became a problem when you had to paid them equal pay!

    September 13, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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