Washington (CNN)–House Republican Whip Eric Cantor sharply criticized President Obama's analogy at his press conference Tuesday that compared negotiating with Republicans on tax cuts to talking with "hostage takers."
Obama said, "I have said before that the middle class tax cuts were being held hostage to the high end tax cuts. I think it is tempting not to negotiate with hostage takers unless the hostage gets harmed."
"What the American people are looking for are results," said Cantor. "They want to see an economy that returns to a growth mode and they want to see more jobs for more Americans, so I don't think those kinds of comments were helpful."
House Speaker-Elect Boehner declined to comment on the President's analogy, telling CNN, "I didn't hear it."