November 6th, 2008
11:02 AM ET
14 years ago

Blunt confirms he will not keep leadership post

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri has decided not to run for another term as Republican whip in the House. His deputy, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, has already told his colleagues he will be a candidate for the position.

Florida Rep. Adam Putnam, the Chairman of the Republican House Conference, is also relinquishing his GOP leadership post in the next Congress.

But House Minority Leader John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have said they are looking to hold on to those posts.

Democrats have netted a total of 17 additional seats in the House of Representatives and four new seats in the Senate. CNN has not projected a winner yet in four outstanding Senate races. Should Democrats prevail in all four of those contests, they would have the 60-seat majority that would overcome Republican attempts to filibuster in the Senate.

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  1. Whose really the racist?

    The racists are those who believe 1) people voted for Obama because he is African- American. 2) Other than white America can not make a decision to vote based on issues. I am a professional who is in the process of obtaining an advanced degree and I am tired of mainstream America saying everyone "Black" voted for Barack Obama based on the color of his skin. I voted for Obama because he said he can give me a bigger tax break, that nurses deserve more, and he wants health care to be covered directly by the government. I live in an area where hurricane Ike has almost wiped out a hospital where many of the residents are underinsured or uninsured. Where are these people going to get treated. What about the 4000 people who will lose their jobs because the State does not want to help those people with no insurance and the hospital will have to cut nearly 200 beds. We pay for their healthcare with higher premiums and taxes yearly. Put more money in my pocket not the man who already has millions. America needs a change. We are headed in the right direction based on the number and selection of people who voted for Obama. By the way there are only 34 million African Americans in this country. Only about 17 million voted. Not nearly enough to make a change. Guess who made the difference?

    November 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Joann you fail to see the point

    The point OBVIOUSLY is that Dems picked a guy BECAUSE of his skin color. That was not an option before – therefore selection HAD to, by default, be made ON THE ISSUES. Obama HAS NO QUALIFICATIONS and therefore NO ISSUES he can point to on his resume. Besides, LIBERALS are collectively acting racist. So you can trash your race baiting liberal ideology out the window because it doesn't hold water.

    November 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Susan

    To Eric Cantor: Don't waste your breath. Your childish temper tantrum over remarks made by Pelosi, and how your feelings were hurt just proved how immature and childish you are. America does not want a cry baby to have that kind of power!

    November 6, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Dan

    Obama won and you loons are still professing hate toward conservatives. I enjoy reading these blogs every day and seeing the steam rise from the left. You are all nuts. My mother use to say, "be careful for what you wish". Also, a history lesson people. 60 mins has backed this with 2 stories as well in the past 2 months. The economic failure is attributed to the HOUSING FAILURE. Credit Default Swaps are the cause of the HOUSING FAILURE. Bill Clinton and Allen Greenspan are the culprits behind Credit Default Swaps. But it's easy to point the finger at Bush.

    November 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. sglman4Obama

    Watching the Repubs drown in the sea of thier own mess is a beautiful thing. I have never been prouder of my country stepping up for the people for a change. Who cares if Wall St. falls, let them fall so the people can rise and take back this nation and lead it in a new direction of hope and change!

    Nothing is better than a violence free revolution, I LOVE IT!!!!

    November 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. Doug R.

    Why isn't the convicted criminal and felon, Ted Stevens (R- Alaska) in prison??

    November 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Blunt probably took a lot of heat over the economic bailout and I really don't blame him for stepping down.

    November 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. The point was PRIMARY SELECTION NOT VOTE!!!

    Hey...stop being stupid!! The point here is OBVIOUSLY, OBVIOUSLY, Obama was SELECTED IN THE PRIMARIES because he is black. He had not fully developed his campaign platform during the primaries, and was nothing more than a teleprompter speech, backed by ZERO credentials and qualifications. Why else would you druids have ignored the facts and gone for him? Of course you can't trust what he SAYS he'll do because his RECORD didn't match what lies he stuffed you all full of!!!! THEREFORE, OBVIOUSLY, he was by and in large part chosen because he is BLACK............PERIOD........................THE ULTIMATE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EXERCISE.

    November 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Linda pa

    As I read this blog, it makes me very sad too see that the hate on both sides is still alive and well. The election is over and for the goodwill of all of us we must starting looking at each other as the same. I truly do not understand the back and forth that is still going on. What is the point? We all live in the same country and we only hurt ourselves with this nonsense. It is time for peace and working together.

    November 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Will-South Dakota

    The GOP just has to stop being a select few old men, they need to include the younger women and men, people of color and say enough of the Good Old Boy club and let that concept just die.

    November 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. senja

    Oh fabulous, I was concerned late night comedy would not have much material. Cantor guarantees some good laughs. Scoundrels!!!!

    November 6, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Independent In NY

    Republicans on the right, please move a little closer, and now you Democrats on the left, please move in…………..

    BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just knocked your stupid heads together!!!

    Now grow up and learn to get along!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Michael in Houston

    Funny to hear racist call other people racist. Why was Obama "Black" during the campaign and now all of sudden he is "Bi-Racial"? It's almost like you racist only want to acknowledge his "White" half. Since most African Americans are mixed with something, that means most of us are not black, well unless one of us is running to be President of the United States. You pathetic racisit sore losers just make me sick. And the notion that we voted for Barack because he was black???? NO! We voted for Obama because he was the right person for the job. Believe it or not, this African American, did vote for a few Republicans here in Houston. McCain sucked and he chose a crazy, de-witched, hate mongering, self proclaimed dog as his running mate and that is one of many reasons why I voted for Obama.

    November 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Dee

    People are allowed to vote for WHOMEVER they want to vote for WHATEVER reasont they choose to. If they voted for Obama BECAUSE of his skin color, SO WHAT??

    Minorities have HAD to vote for White Men FOREVER and if they want to use their right to vote for someone that is more like them or to feel somewhat "vindicated", who cares?

    A LOT of white voters voted for Obama...again who cares? Obviously he said something that spoke to their souls and about issues that they cared about...if McCain would have done that, maybe he would have won more in that demographic...

    Stop trying to analyze what was in someone's heart/mind and just deal with the fact that BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA is YOUR president!!!!!

    THAT ONE 08!!!!

    November 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Republicans should remind themselves of their Creed.

    I believe that the proper function of government is to do for the people those things that have to be done but cannot be done, or cannot be done as well, by individuals, and that the most effective government is government closest to the people.

    I believe that good government is based on the individual and that each person's ability, dignity, freedom and responsibilty must be honored and recognized.

    I believe that free enterprise and the encouragement of individual initiative and incentive have given this nation an economic system second to none.

    I believe that sound money management should be our goal.

    I believe in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.

    I believe we must retain those principles of the past worth retaining, yet always be receptive to new ideas with an outlook broad enough to accomodate thoughtful change and varying points of view.

    I believe that Americans value and should preserve their feeling of national strength and pride, and at the same time share with people everywhere a desire for peace and freedom and the extension of human rights throughout the world.

    Finally, I believe that the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government

    Too bad Bush did not live up to the Management of Money. Then things might have been different today.
    I need someone to lead us where this creed is the backbone of their being.

    November 6, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA


    I can not believe the VILE comments! CHRISTIANS, let's show the country and the World how we can come together.

    For the last, 8 years, the far-right has all but destroyed our Union, we must come together, AMERICA!

    Insults, hate, LIES, and fear only HURT THE COUNTRY YOU, REPUBLICANS, 'CLAIM' TO LOVE!

    **********STOP THE HATE************STOP THE LIES***************

    November 6, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Praetorian

    Obviously this is one man who doesn't believe he has what it takes to lead his colleagues to work as a non-partisan team towards doing the business of the American people.

    Perhaps it is best he resign.

    November 6, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. ANGIE

    Republicans please get off you Far right Horses and come to the center more your country depends on it

    November 6, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. ANGIE

    Can we get rid of That hateful Bachman woman

    November 6, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. Dave in Atlanta

    Enter Eric Cantor.

    November 6, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. RW



    unless you want to pals around with Pailn .......who pals around with people who gave her bad information........ who pals around..... with other people money $150.000.00...who pals around get the idea!

    So lets all pals around with

    November 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Mike Dallas

    After his childish pouting session over the 700 bailout, it is probably the best not to run, I am pretty sure he would not win.

    November 6, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. ran

    I can only hope the Republicans got the message that we want our country back working for us all. The far right need to go away quietly and stay away. Their agenda does not belong in our politics but in their homes and churches.

    November 6, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Ken

    Geez. That's funny, the only affirmative action exercise I've been aware of has been for stupid white men. We attempted to keep them out of the white house for over 200 years. But the shrill, politically correct voices of the rightwing were finally heard in 2000 and 2004. But I think America has now had enough of mentally deficient white men in the oval office - anyhow, it would appear so from the election.

    Oh by the way, I am a white man, and I have nothing against white men, even stupid ones. I am just prejudiced against having one lead my know, given the facts and all, from the last 8 years.

    November 6, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Ian

    Maybe the new leaders will address the social security crisis that's coming in 2010 since neither presidential candidate bothered to talk about it.

    November 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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