January 20th, 2010
06:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Cantor: 'I disagree with Chairman Steele' about GOP prospects

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor believes the GOP can re-take the House this November.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor believes the GOP can re-take the House this November.

Washington (CNN) - House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, predicted Wednesday that Republicans stand a good chance of taking back the House from Democrats in November and said he is at odds with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on that prospect.

"There is a lot of work still to be done, but yes, I do think that we can take back the majority in the U.S. House in November," Cantor told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

Cantor said he differs on that point with the RNC chairman, who has refused several times to predict a GOP takeover this fall. Earlier Tuesday, Steele told ABC that that the GOP can "narrow the margin" in the House and Senate, but he would not say if Republicans are primed to re-take the majority.

Cantor said he met with Steele at Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's inauguration last weekend and told the RNC chairman he disagrees with him on Republican prospects for the midterm elections.

"I disagree with Chairman Steele on that point because I believe that the American people, at this point, want to see a check-and-balance on the one party rule in Washington that has not produced the kind of hope and change that was promised a year ago," he said.

Asked if he has confidence in Steele's leadership of the party, Cantor responded: "Michael Steele is hard at work doing the things that he does as chairman of the RNC, yes. But I disagree with him on the notion about the prospects of taking back the House."

Cantor cautioned that Republicans still must prove to voters that they have the right ideas to win elections and govern.


Filed under: 2010 • Eric Cantor • Michael Steele
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Donnatella

    Now that they have 41 seats it's time to get rid of that uncle tom, he has stayed way pass his time.

    January 20, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. Sue

    WE must GET RID OF STEELE NOW, AND get on with it! THE REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN!!!!!!

    January 20, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. harold

    Take over the House and do what with it?.. Balance the Budget like the Republicans..... last did for the USA in 1930?

    January 20, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. Vote for GOP based on their ideas, which are.......?????

    Ideas? IDEAS? Please show me!!!!!

    January 20, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. From a Chicago Independent 26 year old white male

    I don't care anymore about politics, there will never be real change. Both sides of the aisle had their chance and it seems real change means nothing to either of the parties.....I do see glimmers of some real change with Obama, but that does not matter cause all the battle for power parties are going to do is just tear a good leader down to save their own jobs and then it will happen again and again after every four years. I want to scream revolution but nobody really cares enough (including myself) to make that happen, plus Americans are lazy anyways (and I will admit that besides work and getting paid I don't give a shxt). So have fun everyone being a puppet, cause thats all you and i are going to be...oh and you can say you are not and I will just keep laughing at how nieve or ignorant or both you are. Go vote puppets, make yourself believe you are making a difference.

    January 20, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. ran

    No they will not. what happen in MA. yesterday will only cause us to come out in force in 2010 and 2012 and say no to fear,hate,obstructionist,purist Republicans.

    We will get rid of the likes of Lieberman, Nelson and as many republicans as we can.

    The change will continue. We gave the Republicans a chance to work with us and they have said no to the American people. No more Mr. nice guy we want our government to work for us and that means Democrats and Independents in 2010-2012 no more Republicans.

    The Republicans may have seen their last win yesterday for some time unless they move to the center and start to work with this President and Democrats.

    January 20, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. Mike in MN

    After the Brown win last night and after seeing that all the liberal Democrats in DC still don't get it, I would be suprised if Republicans don't take back both the House and Senate in 2010. Many Blud Dogs seem to get it, but the radical progressive leadership still is talking like they do not. They blame the loss on everything except the bills they have passed or are trying to pass. Brown ran against what the Dems have been doing and polls show a majority of voters all across this nation oppose what they are doing. The radical liberal progressives sill don't get it.

    January 20, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Milton Jackson

    This plan could actually backfire.

    Let's look at what got Brown into office. He campaigned against Washington politicking: back-door deals and campaigning while in office. This is EXACTLY what the Republicans have been doing for the last year, campaignng while in office instead of doing America's work.

    Frankly, Republican Congresspeople should NOT be answering questions or having press conferences about election business. Democrats as well. That's what the Committees are for. There should be a measure in place that bars this, and sitting Congresspeople can only start campaigning until the summer before the election, unless there's a special election in place.

    The Republicans are going to be in for a world of hurt if they continue on with this rhetoric this year.

    January 20, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    The republicans have no ideas, but they are good at repeating lies and hate.

    January 20, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. hongli

    Cantor and Steele---–Two MORONS and if you were to add Sarah Palin and John McCain then you will have a party of SUCKERS.

    January 20, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. dude palin

    just keep saying no buddy and you have your checks and balances.
    what a joke the gop really is !!

    January 20, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Byron

    It's easy to be win races when that's all you care about... if republicans were actually doing their jobs in DC rather than just campaining around the country things would be different.

    January 20, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. mk

    How soon we forget We had "8" EIGHT years with the GOP and where did it get us GWBush inherited a budget that was in surplus and it all went down the drain But now it's expected that Pres. Obama will cure all the ills in just a year Wake up folks it's going to take some time to repair the chaos If only we had more honest legislators it might help The laws they pass mostly benefit themselves their consituents don't count

    January 20, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    "Cantor cautioned that Republicans still must prove to voters that they have the right ideas to win elections and govern."

    Who is Cantor kidding? If they had any ideas that worked, they would have told us about them during the 2008 presidential election.

    All the Republicans have to offer is the same old, same old, tried-and-failed economic, military and foreign policies.

    Oh, and they also offer fear, hatred, divisiveness and intolerance, with a good dose of lying thrown in for good measure.

    January 20, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. C Spurgeon

    The joker wo makeup. This guy is a joke and has never made a straight answer to anyone anytime he is on TV...UGH!

    January 20, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. They call me "tater salad"

    Wrong again Cantor.........What the American people want is a Third party to keep ALL OF YOU CROOKS HONEST!! You picked up one stupid,little, seat in the Senate so don't go around gloating like you just conquered the world, keep up that kind of cockey attitude and you'll be back selling Amway door to door before you know what hit you!!!!!

    January 20, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. jason

    republicans will most likely gain about 10-15 seats in the house and lose about 4 seats in the senate. Dems should be preparing to regain there super majority in the senate! i wonder why places like CNN and Fox "News" always say how democrats are 'running for the hills' when a democrat retires or runs for higher office, but FAIL to notice that more republicans have said they are leaving their current office 14-12 in the house and 6-3 in the senate. more tea bagging hypocryts

    January 20, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  18. Willy Brown

    If you republicans still look like and act like democrats then yes Steele is right! It's hard to tell the parties apart today unless you are a Scott Brown (HINT, HINT)!

    January 20, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. Predicta

    After last night's win in MA, you don't have to be a fortune teller to know the democrats are in big trouble in both houses. I suspect support for the current health care bill will evaporate for any democrat who wants to keep his seat come November.

    January 20, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. ib

    I hope Cantor is right. Something has to be done to slow this far left liberal agenda down before it destroy's our freedom. Gov. Chicago style is not working.

    January 20, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. Tiller in Texas

    Great. Now the crooks and the thieves think they can mount a come back.

    GOP, What a bunch of idiots!

    January 20, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. Redstatenow

    Just keep saying "NO" and keep American Safety concerns on the front page. So far this is a winning strategy for the GOP. Democrats never could rule when they have power, they have too big of a tent. They are like children in a playground with no direction. Also everyone knows that Nobama voters are Hispanic's, African Americans and college kids who rarely taking voting serious. Look at their turnout in previous elections (except the last Presidential) an you see that those Democrats will always be in the minority.

    January 20, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. Perusing-through

    WHAT IS ERIC UP TO?

    Republican Senator Eric Cantor is either laying the ground work to boot RNC Chairman Michael Steele, or he is positioning himself to take the chairmanship himself.

    January 20, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. They call me "tater salad"

    Oh and don't forget Eric my boy. The American people are STILL WAITING for the "hope and change" that the Republicans promised us 8 YEARS ago when you clowns were trying to win an election....... Remember that??? Wasn't that the reason you guy's lost your majority back in 06 followed by the White House just last year????? I haven't forgotten and I don't expect to be forgetting any time soon, so in short................Get a life!

    January 20, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. Ted from Calif.

    This guy is a mental midget so who cares what he thinks. The teabaggers and the republicans are imitating a circus. Is it the fools leading the blind or the blind leading the fools?

    What is really amazing is how soon the voting public forgets. The Republicans trash the economy and voters seem to want them back. What part of stupid don't the teabaggers understand?

    January 20, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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