Cantor on Obama outreach: 'I hope he is sincere'
March 14th, 2013
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Cantor on Obama outreach: 'I hope he is sincere'

(CNN) – Even after a meeting with President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill Wednesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor couldn't say for sure whether the new effort by the White House to reach out to Republicans is genuine.

"I hope that he is sincere in wanting to work together. Because the fact is, there are a lot of things that we do agree on. We know we've got to balance the budget. We know that there are things in common within his proposals and in ours," Cantor said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

Obama met Wednesday with House Republicans in a meeting that began with lawmakers giving the president a standing ovation, though afterwards there was little evidence the meeting yielded much in the way of compromise.

Cantor said Thursday "the tone and the reception was appropriate" at the meeting with the House GOP, adding that the two sides could agree "that we all want to do right by the people that elect us."

"There's a lot of disaffected Americans out there, working families, who just want to see their life work again," Cantor said. "And I believe that all of us want to see folks who are in failing schools to have parents have the ability to give their children an opportunity to a quality education."

Some Republicans have been skeptical of Obama's recent "charm offensive," suggesting it's merely a political move to appear more conciliatory. Asked again whether he thought Obama's outreach was sincere, Cantor would only say "I certainly hope so."

"It would be a good thing, I think for the country," he continued. "And, you know, the problem is, you have some fundamental disagreements there."


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "I hope that he is sincere in wanting to work together. Because the fact is, there are a lot of things that we do agree on. "

    Coming from a person who opposed voting for keeping the tax cuts for people maknig less than $250K, and then voting separately on the tax cuts for those making more, is patently absurd. Everyone agreed on the former, but not the latter, but the GOP/Teatrolls, partly led by Cantor, insisted that the two must be voted on together. So yeah, smarmy Captain Punchableface sends out hypocritical messaging bomb...again.

    March 14, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. Martha in CF

    I hope, Cantor, that you are sincere as well!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 14, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. rs

    The duly elected President of the United States is likely more sincere than you guys ever were with all your Birther Muslim-Socialist Kenyan nonsense.

    March 14, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. RINO Bill

    I don't like President Obama, but I do believe that he is far more sincere than Eric Cantor and his lackey John Boehner who has easily surpased Nancy Pelosi as worst Speaker ever.

    March 14, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    -–but you are NOT.

    March 14, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. Donkey Party

    The only thing standing in the way of American success, is the domestic terrorist group known as the GOP. It's really that simple.

    March 14, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. Yanni

    Eric Cantor is one of the main reason that the US congress seized to be functional. He is only good at questioning another man's motive not his own selfish existence.

    March 14, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. Pete

    Cantor and what part of sincere are you ..Typical hypocritical republicans in believing everyone but them is guilty till proven innocent right!He has two visions for America in one that his party is supreme,powerful and the other we're flat out broke as a country with no SocialSecurity,Medicare and they as republicans again leave it to Pres.Obamas sucessor to clean up their mess..Sounds like the latter to me because in political history republicans have never helped their countrys people or anything progressive in our economy either ,read from Hoovers Great Depression till Bushs recent recession and you tell me republican posters just what has your party done for America except those and useless wars,enough said,just read ignorents...

    March 14, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. Liberalism is a mental disease

    There's a first time for everything as they say.

    March 14, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Hey cantor, you lost the election. The American people want to follow president obamas plan of increased revenue ,you keep spewing he's increasing taxes on the American people when in fact he's taking about closing loopholes for the 30+ companies that pay 0 taxes that you and the gop represent. Get ready for another gop train wreck in 2014 and 2016!!!!!!!

    March 14, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    The disingenuous clown, Eric Cantor, should be banned from even being able to use the word "sincere"...

    March 14, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Jacqui

    Is your response sincere, Eric? I certainly hope so for the sake of the American people. While you politicians are playing games, people are genuinely hurting.
    I would like all of you to remember that you will each give an account of your stewardship as individuals, not as a collective body. Kindly ensure that your actions are in the best interest of the people and you will receive the "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

    March 14, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. HenryB

    And I hope Cantor is sincere. Not so far I am afraid. It takes two to do a lot of things.

    March 14, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. Name lynn

    Eric you need to take a picture of yourself, the way you look an sound. The president is obama not you not the white house leaders, nor the republicans. you all look like a bunch of ball headed owls.

    March 14, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. Thomas

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor doesn't know the meaning of the word " Sincerity ".

    March 14, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  16. Ed FL

    If you are looking for incompetency and unimpressive attributes Cantor should top your list.This guy is nothing but a BLAH.Do not know where he expects to go but it looks like he already is there if his destination is nowhere.

    March 14, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Hey cantor, you lost the election. The American people want to follow president obamas plan of increased revenue ,you keep spewing he's increasing taxes on the American people when in fact he's taking about closing loopholes for the 30 companies that pay 0 taxes that you and the gop represent. Get ready for another gop train wreck in 2014 and 2016!!!!!!!

    March 14, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. mnmoderate

    And as long as long as it's done on his terms it'll all work out

    March 14, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  19. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Sincere? And what does Eric Cantor know about that? He should do the country a favor and retire his toxic personality from the public view.

    March 14, 2013 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  20. ted

    obama wonders if you are sincere also.

    March 14, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  21. ARTraveler

    Where was Cantor when President Bush 2 was running without a balanced budget and also had an off the books war going on to further throw the country in the hole? Why wasn't defiicit spending important when Bush 2 was in office. Oh, that's right, he was a Republican and President Cheney said deficits don't matter.

    March 14, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  22. Randy, San Francisco

    The more important question is whether or not Speaker Boehner or Majority Leader Cantor can convince Tea Partiers in their caucus to vote for any compromise budget bill. Will they have to depend on Democratic votes to save their failed leadership from more embarassment?

    March 14, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  23. Catmandew

    Obama has not done a thing since taking office that wasn't either politically motivated. Or for his agenda, he also does a lot of behind closed doors deals. Very little transparency, Obama is very judge mental very arrogant listen to what he says closely and it shows.

    March 14, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  24. AMAZING

    I also hope Mr. Cantor is sincere about working together since all he and his GOP peers have done is hold this country hostage to their extreme ideology. I think they are the ones who are not being sincere.

    March 14, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |