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. Gridlock

    I used to be a republican, can't ever see myself as a democrat, now I have joined the gridlock party, I just want split goverment so hopefully nothing gets done. Let the states govern.

    January 20, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  2. Mickey

    Cantor is the creepy uncle of the GOP...what a waste of a human being.

    January 20, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Pete Sloan

    I think the voters are sick and tired of all politicians. The Republicans have nothing to brag about. Every day prices are going up, banks continue to stick it to the people, credit card companies rush to lock in exorbitant interest rates, and nothing changes. It should be "Throw the bums out" with all of the political backdoor maneuvering at the voter's expense. If you think you are loved because you are a Republican, wake up!

    January 20, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  4. leon pa

    These wing nut should de voted out.

    January 20, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. Rick

    Looks like a crook.

    January 20, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  6. ED FL

    This guy Cantor should try singing. He is the most unimpressive guy in Washington ,DC. How did the people of Virginia ever give this guy a seat in government. He comes off as the towns wimp and along with his tanning booth buddy Boehner,they are as impressive as Santa on the Equcator, Hopefully he states they come from will excuse them this upcoming election.

    January 20, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. Stop the Nonsense

    Don't get too cocky just yet. This was not just a referendum on Democrats, it was also a referendumon incumbancy.
    So Mr Cantor, i would temper you zeal until Republicans prove they have something to offer other than rhetoric. you had 12 years of total control and we ended up in war and with a deficit,
    Prove you can work with memebrs of the other party before you assume we will vote you in.

    January 20, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    "...Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, predicted Wednesday that Republicans stand a good chance of taking back the House from Democrats in November..."

    The ONLY thing YOU should consider taking back is that WIG on your head.

    The ONLY thing YOU should consider taking back is your glasses.

    YOU claim "...Washington ... has not produced the kind of hope and change that was promised a year ago..."

    A YEAR AGO??????? With the Party of NO saying NO, it's a wonder.... AND, YOU guys had 8 years and DID NOTHING but start two wars you did not know how to END!!!!

    Again, the only thing YOU should consider taking back is that L on your forehead!!!

    January 20, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. Doyle Wiley, MI

    I find it hard to believe that Americans would be so ignorant as to give the GOP control of anything. But, since Bush was in office for 8 years I guess anything is possible.

    January 20, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. Russ

    What does anyone care about this moron? Just another Republicant obstructionist blathering on. Quit wasting our time with stories like this.

    January 20, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. OldUncleTom

    I can understand why, if you squint hard enough, this is looking like 1994 all over again.

    Difference?

    In 1994, nobody had heard of George W Bush, and his evil twin Richard B Cheney. Even Limbaugh was semi-respected outside of "wingnuttery".

    Sure the GOP may gain some seats, that would be natural; but expecting the American electorate to shift in large numbers to "We're Against That", is more of a stretch than I can imagine.

    January 20, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    Absolute nonsense. The Democrats haven't been able to get anything passed becuase of the obstructionist GOPPERS and the GOPPERS in disguise (Blue Dogs). Keep depending on the stupidity of your base, they're bound to figure it out one of these days.

    January 20, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  13. Squigman

    Everytime I see this freak the first thing I think of is, where's the trail of slime he has left behind, and how can I avoid it.?

    January 20, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  14. Michael from Ventura

    That's it Eric- let that Liberal Steele HAVE it! Please. THIS is the party that will "fix" America? Not in this lifetime!

    January 20, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. No Huey in this hunt

    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.

    Yo Cantor

    I believe that the American people, at this point, want to see a check-and-balance on the one party rule in Washington that did not produced the kind of hope and change that was promised for 8 years.

    January 20, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. I May Be Independent, But I Ain't Voting . . .

    These incompetents back into power

    January 20, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  17. Marty, FL

    What are Cantor's ideas? Uphold HIS responsibility to work with the governing body in Congress of which he is a part?

    Last I read; Cantor was busy anointing a moderate Republican in VA to the disapproval of Tea Partiers, even going as far as their campaign insinuating these followers were either naive or stupid.

    It is all about the Republican establishment power, right Cantor? Sadly, it is not public service.

    January 20, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. Brown as _________

    Anyone ask Cantor, Boehner why he supprts Scott, FOR ABORTION,, Brown? No wonder he had Rudy, FOR ABORTION, Jewliani campaign for him. If Republicans truly were anti then why did they not vote for Joe Kennedy? Does that mean Republicans should understand the wave of FOR ABORTION sentiment is sweeping America!! According to how significant they think last night was, seems the do think ABORTION FOR ALL!

    January 20, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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