October 29th, 2009
05:12 PM ET
5 years ago

Cantor launches 'WhipCast' application for BlackBerry

'WhipCast' is a new BlackBerry application launched Thursday by the Office of the House Republican Whip.
'WhipCast' is a new BlackBerry application launched Thursday by the Office of the House Republican Whip.

Washington (CNN) - A new BlackBerry application released Thursday by the office of House Minority Whip Eric Cantor is the latest technology upgrade for Republicans.

The new "WhipCast" application is "designed to directly communicate with users in real-time," Cantor's office said in an e-mail.

"Today's launch of the WhipCast BlackBerry app is the latest demonstration of our commitment to modernize the way we communicate with Americans from coast-to-coast," Cantor said in an accompanying statement.

The new application - which was tested by Cantor's new media team before its public rollout - will deliver text, audio, image and video updates to users, according to Cantor's office. "WhipCast" also gives users access to Republican talking points, policy discussions, polling information, and floor schedule updates.

The new application's rollout hit an early speed bump Thursday when users had trouble downloading the program. A House Republican staffer blamed the intermittent accessibility of the Web page where the application is available on House Democrats, who released a nearly 2,000-page health care reform bill for download earlier in the day.

Earlier this month, the Republican National Committee debuted a revamped GOP.com - but the effort was mocked online by Democrats and Republicans alike. And House Republicans have also organized a New Media Caucus to identify and share technological practices.

Matt Lira, Cantor's new media strategist, said the BlackBerry application is "part of the same spirit" that animates the House GOP New Media Caucus.

Related: RNC must adopt Obama's online model, young conservatives say


Filed under: Eric Cantor • GOP • House
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Sheryl

    Who cares!!! Release your Health Care Plan!!!!

    October 29, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    "gives users access to Republican talking points, policy discussions, polling information, and floor schedule updates" – so what will Fox media and hate radio do now?

    October 29, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The young Republicans squeezing out the old Republicans with all this new technology which they can't grasp. Interesting.

    October 29, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    It's not how you say it, it what you wingnuts are saying!

    What an intellectually bankrupt lot!

    October 29, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. and in the spirit of the GOP

    every rich person that uses it is is entitled to pay no taxes, get free health care and ravage our national parks

    if you use the application and donate to the GOP, you are entitled to beat one poor person

    October 29, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Judy from PA

    Don't worry, the White House will squash this. You are not allowed to have opposing views to Obama and you certainly cannot communicate them to others, don't you get it??

    October 29, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. What????

    I'm sorry, this provides health care to Americans how?

    October 29, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. D. Tree

    This guy Cantor spends too much time on his Blackberry and going to Britney Spears concerts.

    Ever hear of actual WORK, Mr. Cantor? You are a do-nothing!

    October 29, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Maryland Democrat

    I enjoy that they blamed the democrats for the download difficulty. And why was that? Because the democrats put up their healthcare bill so that people could download it.

    Whether or not the availability of the healthcare bill to download affected the ability of the Whipcast application download, you'd think it would be a good think that the healthcare bill was actually accessible for anyone in the public to read

    IMHO, it might be that Congress's website needs an upgrade to handle greater traffic and bandwidth.

    October 29, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. jonathan Estrella

    WhimpCast

    October 29, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Well, that settles it. He had time for this nonsense. I don't want to hear from this buffoon that he didn't have time to read the health care reform bill.

    October 29, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. John Kelley

    So happy I have an iPhone. John from Virginia.

    October 29, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. They call me "tater salad"

    See?........... It's all about "image" with the Republicans! They seem to put all of their focus and energy on winning elections and thats where it ends for them! All "show", and no "go"! Typical!

    October 29, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. notfooledtx

    Yeah, give him two days and he'll lose interest in this too – just like all the other proposals he's made and disregarded. Can'tor = failure.

    October 29, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. Jim Doyle

    Oh goody! A new way to spread lies and hate!

    October 29, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. luan isuffi

    +Those GOP morons should try to spend their time more productivly trying to do some good for the country.
    So far they failing miserably.

    October 29, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  17. lasvegasrose

    I BET ole Cantor likes anything with the word "WHIP" in it. hahaha

    October 29, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    RIP GOP = and take Lou Dobbs, Sarah Palin, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, et al with you straight to hell. Oh, and the orange man Boehner too.

    October 29, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Suzan

    Get off your Blackberries and do something for the good of this country.........more of the Blame Game on the Democrats for their lack of technology......come on people is this all you know how to do......Blame your failures on the other side

    October 29, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. m smith

    oh great just what we need from the repos. What kind of shuck and jive will they have on their website now,Does anyone want to get to their website anyway. Are they sending out instruction manuale for the ol farts to learn from. ?

    October 29, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Old, rich, white dudes don't know what you're babbling about, Cantor.

    Sorry. Try again. Maybe with an abacus?

    October 29, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. Peter s

    You don't have to copy President Obama! please, continue mounting deer horns on your trucks! thats the conservatives innovations!!.

    October 29, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. tom owens

    More talking loud and saying nothing.

    October 29, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  24. DJ

    Oh goodie...now he can play games and check messages again at the next Obama State of the Union, while his neo-conferderate nuts shout.

    October 29, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  25. Carnell From The Motor City!

    Congressman Eric Cantor R-Virginia aka. The House Minority Whipping Boy! aka. The Gymp! ...Seriously, Is This A Real Story?

    October 29, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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