May 3rd, 2009
09:27 AM ET
13 years ago

Cantor: 'We've got a lot to learn' from Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Cantor acknowledged that the GOP is playing catchup on technology."](CNN) - House Minority Whip Eric Cantor tells CNN's John King that the GOP still has a lot to learn from President Obama.

"President Obama is a great communicator. We understand that," he said in an interview that aired on CNN's State of the Union Sunday. "He's also been very adept at adopting the technology of today to access the youth vote and the younger population of this country. That's the future, and I believe we've got a lot to learn. The Republican Party can't keep doing things the way it always has in terms of technology."

Cantor, along with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, held the kick off event Saturday for the National Council for a New America, a high-profile Republican effort to engage a diverse group of voters.

One new GOP face who seems to disagree with Cantor's point of view: Meghan McCain, whose father John McCain is involved with the NCNA effort.

"Simply embracing technology isn't going to fix our problem," the 24-year-old told a gay Republican group last month. "Republicans using Twitter and Facebook isn't going to miraculously make people think we're cool again. Breaking free from obsolete positions and providing real solutions that don't divide our nation further will."

The NCNA is planning to hold a series of town halls across the country in the coming months in an effort to re-cast the party’s image.

Filed under: Eric Cantor • Meghan McCain • State of the Union
soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. Larry from Apex, NC

    "...make people think we are cool again..." I have news for you: RePIGlicans have NEVER been "cool"! Hypocrisy and selfishness and greed and exclusiveness are not cool traits. Meghan, you re one of the few respected RePIGlicans, but you are beating a dead horse when you try to revive this crowd. Start another political party, and I'll bet you would be surprised who in interested...

    May 3, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Republican from Alerbami

    Cantor is my Idol.Hes so cute and looks like Rocky Balboa.

    May 3, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. seanm

    She's right, it's not how their selling their message. It is the content of their message that have turned people off. Whether they're releasing a press release of their position or "tweeting" it, is irrelevant. They're the party of big brother. They want to tell you what is acceptable to read, what is acceptable to listen to music wise, what to watch on TV and the movies, who to pray to and when, and whom to love. Until they throw off the yoke of the Christian right wing they'll continue to lose younger voters.

    May 3, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Michael

    McCain is right. It's the obsolete ideas, like the preservation of a financial aristocracy that concentrates a nation's wealth for the benefit of a tiny minority, that are no longer acceptable to a majority that has become literate and believes in the right to pursue happiness in a real and meaningful manner.

    May 3, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. John

    I can't stand to even look at Eric Cantor, he looks so arrogant and untrustworthy. Oh yeah, thats the Republican uniform they all look that way. I am a moderate so I guess I am not welcome in the Republican party I am far too left for them.

    May 3, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Georgie

    Democrat Dynasty thanks to Karl Rove! Pelosi and Reid should send flowers to Rove on his birthday every year as thanks. Rove is twit-ing now and following Meghan now, so he must be cool. And Rush is a super-cool version and look-alike of Archie Bunker. The Deomcrats need to follow the Republicans and 1) Only let people who will sign loyalty oaths to Obama go hear him speak, 2) Make sure that you are not a Federalist member (ACLU is good) to work at the Justice Department, 3) Use the executive powers given to Bush to promote their own agendas, 4) Hold meetings like Energy Policy in secret. 5) Making sure prior-affiliated companies get no-bid contracts so there will be enough donation money later.

    May 3, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. CitizenJane

    Mr. Cantor: It's the message, not the venue. Conservative trickle down economics has destroyed this country. On the list of the top 5 largest budgest deficits in the history of this county, the two Bush's are unchallenged. George H.W. Bush ranks 5th place. George W. Bush ranks 1, 2, 3, and 4.

    May 3, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Denise

    Meghan is right. It is not just technology. Perhaps they should all try working as "community organizers," live outside the US, live off welfare, and constrct friendships with Muslims. IHeck, become a Muslim.It would be a start

    May 3, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. John Black Hills SD

    Republicans like Cantor really believe that a new hair style makes a new person. This is naive, the republicans always mentions "core values" held by the GOP is their strength. So, exactly what are republicans saying, what are they changing. It's going to take a lot more than incorporating IT into their political machine. They're like the family pooch whose chasing their tail, it looks like their heading somewhere, but they're moving in circles.

    May 3, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. J.C.

    Another thing we can learn from President Obama is to get off the couch and exercise regularly. We have to take care of our own health, instead of waiting to be rescued. Such simple preventive care may be just the thing that will save you from H1N1 virus. Wash hands, eat right and rest well. Thanks to Bob Greene's new commentary on paying respect to the silent scientists working on the virus and vaccine! Who would have thought that Science Education may be the key in saving the human race? Let's hope it's not too late.

    May 3, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Mia and Mike

    Too bad Meghan McCain is too young to run for office. She's got the right vision and message for party to embrace if they hope to reconnect with the American voters.

    May 3, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. strong

    Sure, Obama is a great communicator .......... as long as he has a teleprompter to read from.

    May 3, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Republican from Alerbami

    Does he mean to take away the kkk goons that stand outside my voting booth?

    May 3, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Clint, Wa.

    Republican Party / GOP. What does GOP stand for?

    G, Greedy
    O, Oppressive
    P, Phonies

    May 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. Joanna

    No, it will not work. But lets tell them it will. i like watching them twist in the wind.

    May 3, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Tactical.Grace

    The Republicans need to learn one hard fact: start listening to the voice of American People and stop trying to manipulate them. We just aren't buying it anymore.

    May 3, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Goverment is your Daddy

    Keep bailing out people and you will see change......

    May 3, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. gl, Pittsburgh

    I don't not and will not watch John King. He interview way to many Republicans. John King do not stop them from being so cricitial toward the President.

    May 3, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Joanna

    Hey STRONG>> what is the deal with the teleprompter tissue? Why is the desire to communicate a clear coherent statement a bad thing? When gives his press conferences he gives three part answers without a teleprompter. Can your party do that? Can your party even read a prompter? Nope, didn't think so.

    May 3, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. Lori

    @Denise: Meghan is right. It is not just technology. Perhaps they should all try working as "community organizers," live outside the US, live off welfare, and constrct friendships with Muslims. IHeck, become a Muslim.It would be a start
    Wow, Denise. With so-called 'Christian' Republicans with family values like you it's no wonder you're one of like 2 million Republicans left in America. America, I hope you're listening to people like Denise. These are the people you'll be voting alongside if you vote Republican. Thanks Denise for solidifying another Democrat majority!

    May 3, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Lori

    @ Strong: Sure, Obama is a great communicator ………. as long as he has a teleprompter to read from.
    Funny, President Obama didn't need the teleprompter not once during the 3 debates that he won last year against your candidate.

    May 3, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. james

    Megan Mccain is the future of the republican party. Period.

    May 3, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Reggie Payne

    All I've been hearing from the Republican party is getting back in power. I'm not hearing anything about them working towards helping America first. Why is that?

    May 3, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |

    Well Becoming Tech savy Will not help the GOP, Adding Color to the Party will not help the Gop, But Listening to the People and Dropping the Fear card, the Unpatriotic, The I hope he Fails Cards, And Being More Bi Partisan and Working for the People and Not the Party and last But not Least MODERATE Get out of the Far right Lane And Maybe you will be relevant again


    May 3, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. gl, Pittsburgh

    The Rethuglicans have to do a lot more than learn how to use Facebook and Twitter. They have to fundamentally change their message that embraces their right wing, evangelical based social ideology of being anti women's rights, anti gay, and, appealing to the lowest common denominator of the bigoted classes with their thinly disguised hate speech about any people that aren't just like them.

    Most comments are saying the same think what repubicans need to do and I just don't understand why they still don't get it. I think they really don't read all the comments like I know President Obama really do which help the President out. President Obama is for the people and the Repubicans are for their party that is how Obama won not some technology.

    May 3, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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