Cantor criticizes Obama's hostage analogy
December 7th, 2010
04:00 PM ET
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Cantor criticizes Obama's hostage analogy

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."

Filed under: Eric Cantor • President Obama • Tax deal
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. cabarrusdotcom

    Terrorists complaining because they got what they wanted? What are they dumber than dirt?

    December 7, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Duck Fallas

    Republicans are very sensitive. Stop using words that make them sad.

    December 7, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Jean2

    What else would Eric Cantor call it???

    You can count on him searching for something ti ceitize and for a reporter to be there to see that the comment is aired.

    December 7, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Paul from Phoenix

    Maybe Obama should have dealt with this issue when he had a filibuster proof senate. He gambled and lost. And now he is a sore loser.

    December 7, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. A Kickin' Donkey

    He hurt your little feelings, Eric?

    You've got to be kidding me with all the names you Republicans have called him and other Democrats. STFU.

    December 7, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Greg Smith

    Ok Cantor, the Republicans got what they wanted through ultimatum now let's see the results. If your idealogy doesn't work, polish your resume.

    December 7, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Lisa P

    What the American people want to see is the rich taxed at a rate proportional to the benefits they receive from our economy and government, an even playing field for everyone and support for the unemployed until the jobs situation improves. "Hostage takers" is too kind a term for what the GOP has been doing and will no doubt continue to do.

    December 7, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. a little sad

    Maybe you think the comments are not helpful, Eric, but they ARE spot-on.

    You not only held the unemployment benefits hostage, but by vowing to filibuster everything unless the Dems dealt with your priorities first, you also held the security of the nation hostage by not adressing the START treaty. (Despite pleas from both conservative and progressives not to toy with this issue just to score political points.)

    Republicans' hissy fits are dangerous to the US. Not that you care, I'm just saying.

    We all know that Republicans are not patriots.

    December 7, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Troglodrew

    More false outrage from republicans. Deal with it Eric – you hold the American people hostage for your rich buddies. Then you scam the ignorant, religious, and poor with all of the false patriotism and religious rhetoric, causing the very people that you screw over to champion your cause. You, and the rest of the republicans are real life Emperor Palpatines.

    December 7, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. George

    Do the Republicans hear anything???? Their agenda is certainly not the american citizens agenda....2012 out they go....including a bunch of incumbent democratic leaders who are effective at nothing but preserving their elite image...

    December 7, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" economics has only left a dribbling wet spot on working Americans's shoes!

    I would say "hostage" is the perfect term.

    You held the tax cuts for the rich at a higher priority than the unemployment extensions for the unemployed.

    And where is the protest from the tea baggers? The Reds just added 140 billion to the debt over the next 2 years and no noise from the baggers?

    Just proves the "movement" was just that, a load of BS, and that it was about race and NOT about fiscal responsibility by lowering debt.

    Where is the shrill shill Bachman and the grizzly grifter slamming the Reds for increasing the debt.

    Oh, it is ok to raise the debt for rich tax cuts, but for the poor unemployed then "pay go" must be observed.

    I guess the tax cut for the rich is now considered an "emergency" by the republiKKKans.

    Email me the date and time for the next "Protest on the Mall" over the extension of the tax cuts and the rising debt and this time I will join you.

    December 7, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    What's interesting, is what the GOP is NOT talking about........which is the huge spending plan involved with this "deal".

    They are buying into hundreds of billions of more wasteful spending, just to keep themselves protected from a tax increase. Pretty PETTY, GOP. Pretty petty indeed.

    December 7, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    " I don't think those kinds of comments were helpful."

    But sending people to the negotiating table while the rest of your party, led by McConnell, announce that there would be no compromise, that the GOP would obstruct anything from being done for the next several weeks and allow taxes to go up for everyone, even the struggling, duffering middle-class, unless the rich get their SPECIAL TREATMENT tax cuts, having Kyl come out and threaten that the extremely important, Joint Chiefs backed START Treaty would be obstructed, etc. etc., all unless the GOP simply got exactly what it wanted? No no, that wasn't holding anything hostage at all...snicker...

    Reality: tax cuts for the first $250K of income is tax cuts for cuts beyond that is a tax cut for only the very wealthy few. This was not the poor get tax cuts and nobody else does. This was everyone gets tax cuts and the rich don't get special tax cuts. Instead, Cantor and his cronies once again gave the rich something that the rest of us have to pay for...and that's a FACT. That money isn't come back to us in the form of jobs. It's coming back to us in the form of "whoops, we irresponsibly gambled with it on Wall Street...can we have a bailout again?"

    December 7, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Emily

    Of course......Cantor will come out and say what he wants to say, what has he got to lose, he already won.....what a CLOWN!!!!!!1

    December 7, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. cony 007

    I don't know why Obama doesn't use the patriot Act to round up all of these Treasonous, racist, corrupted politicians and send them straight to hell.

    December 7, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. GOP = Greed Over People

    I agree with Cantor, "hostage holders" was not correct.

    Domestic terrorist or the "christian" cabal would have been correct and more appropriate..

    December 7, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. Dave

    All part of the Republican game–attacking and intransigence.

    December 7, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Expat American

    Cantor – Keep your tough talk for the rich Republican white 2% of the population who you really work for. Republican Domestic Terrorist Scum.

    December 7, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. rob

    "Hostage Takers"? It seems that President Obama will resort to calling names to satisfy his ultra liberal Move-on base but in the end he can read the "TEA" leaves. The reality is, the ultra liberal Dems in Congress are no longer in controll. He has to tack back to the center to have any hope of getting re-elected in 2012. Calling names may make some kooks happy but it only makes him look small. Its time for him to stop hiding behind Nancy Pelosi's skirts and GOVERN in the real world.

    December 7, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. ww

    typical – instead of just making a positive statement about coming to a compromise (at least LOOKING like they care about bipartisanship like they claim) he goes on the attack right after they come to an agreement on something...just further evidence they will keep moving the goal post no matter what the issue...I'm sick of Cantor's smug face

    December 7, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Expat American

    Republicans complaining about anything are like Nazi Collaborators complaining of poor treatment after Liberation.

    “Please stop hitting us. We’re human beings too. And we care about you…”

    December 7, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    The estate tax portion of the "deal" that the GOP insisted on:


    Get it? Got it? Good. WAKE THE FRACK UP!

    December 7, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "It seems that President Obama will resort to calling names to satisfy his ultra liberal Move-on base but in the end he can read the "TEA" leaves."

    Don't be a retard. Everything he has done in the past week or so has angered his base to the point of vibrating in their chairs. You really know nothing and are just flailing about for some flimsy rationalization for criticizing Obama. Get a clue.

    December 7, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Ancient Texan

    The President and the hard left got their way on the stimulus, Obamacare, takeover of automobile companies, rebuilding controls on financial institutions that will lead to further takeovers or bailouts. THe PEOPLE spoke on November 2 and just maybe Obama got the message, but the far left Liberal Progressives didn't. They will in November 2012.

    December 7, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Expat American

    Dear Tea Party Patriots et al

    If you are uneducated;
    If you are poor;
    The Republicans don’t care about you;

    Even if you are White.

    December 7, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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