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. B.H.

    I can’t believe this arrogant idiot found his way to that position.
    As long as the GOP puts hacks like this out front, they will stay at the bottom.

    May 3, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Harry

    You do have a lot to learn from Obama. Like for example what policies will make things better in America.

    It's not just that he knows how to communicate better than you, his ideas are better.

    The GOP's only idea is this: Tax cuts for the rich. That's it. Period.

    That didn't work.

    Come up with some ideas or stay in the minority for ever.

    May 3, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor

    start with getting your party to act human

    May 3, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. once upon a horse

    @ Lori...

    I have to agree with you ma'am if the majority of Republicans hold the views of the two you just mentioned it's no wonder only 21% admit to being in the GOP. Some just never learn. They attack the president for using a teleprompter when the economy was going head first into the potty. That's all they can come back with yet give no new ideas other than tax cuts for wealthy people to get us back on track. Sad indeed.

    May 3, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. karen C

    Miss Meghan definitely has laser point accuracy, when describing her political party at present. Too bad the old cronies are not listening – YET. Unfortunately, those of us with more centrist core values will be very wary of a charming and eloquent young woman with obvious political aspirations who knows absolutely ZERO about working hard to get what she wants. I do not mean to malign Meghan McCain, but she has absolutely no clue what it takes to start with nothing, work hard, then achieve success and want to bring those beginners with us to the top. She was born uber-rich. Not a criticism, just an observation. Comments most welcome

    May 3, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    Well Mr. Cantor, I understand how it is a challange learning when you are mentally challanged so we will give you 8 years to learn all you can from President Obama.

    May 3, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. johny

    they can create new ways to communicate and reach the new voter as much as they want but, until they create a message that resonates with anyone under 50 it's all just talk.

    May 3, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. The Broker.

    Then you will never learn anything. Borack Obama has no real education. You are being programmed every day, about this guy. Just about everything, that has been said about Borack Obama, is false.
    You were all primed for this guy, eight yeas ago.

    May 3, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. texasgreenacres

    as for the comment about Megan McCain being born rich that's true.But common sense doesn't choose wealth or poor But most who have it use it.And she does have ideas and probably a better understanding of the gop than we do because of her dad and all the years he's been actively serving

    May 3, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. stevetall

    News flash: People don't want better-marketed Republicans, they want better Republicans.

    Quit trying to legislate our personal behavior (abortion, marijuana, marriage, religious beliefs, behind-closed-doors behavior, etc.) and concentrate on keeping the rich and powerful people and the businesses they control on the correct path. Show a little morality, would you?

    We need the wealthy to be a part of our country, not the only part. Making obscene amounts of money is OK with me, but when they start using the Federal Treasury as their personal piggy bank, gutting our economic system in the process, that's when the Republicans need to step up and help the rest of us get them under control.

    Another suggestion... Quit whining all the time. We've got a smart, committed, right-thinking president at the helm. Get used to it and quit your blubbering! It's a great party and we'd love to have your support as we make up for the last clown and his band of pinheads.

    May 3, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Larry from RI

    Yes Eric, the GOP's embrace of technology will fix the GOP's problems – NOT!

    First – you have to have enough folks on the other end of the technology who care to listen to your same, worn out, broken record of tax cuts for the wealthiest and trickle down economics. The last 8-years of you guys proved that philosophy is an abject failure.

    The GOP leadership haven't learned or changed but keep trying to polish the same turd to a sparkling luster and shine – Eric, it is still a turd!

    May 3, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. donna

    I have yet to hear ONE republican simply say the democarats had a better candidate when it comes to Obama's election. They dance around the issue blaming social and economic issues for the loss they took in November. They mention his excellent communication skills which are obvious, but they dont give President Obama the credit he deserves and it makes me sick. I find it curious how they hope and state aloud this hope that President Obama fails. Many dems didnt agree with bush policy but never verbally stated we hope he fails. I find it infuriorating how the republicans are trying to rebuild their party on the NO on the disdain of the current president, on the hope he fails.

    They should try to build a platform on actual ideas on actual fact and on ways they can win an election without importing fear, hate and biggotry.

    May 3, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Juan

    Hope the Republicans do not use Facebook and Twitter in the same manner as they have allowed Hannity, Boortz, Coulter, Limbaugh, Fox News/Affiliates, and other media to further their agendas.

    May 3, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. wimsy

    Let's hear more from Palin! We haven't had a drama from her lately - how's the baby (any of them)? How little whats-his-name who knocked up whatshername? How's the state trooper ex doing? How the fisherman/governor's senior advisor doing? Shred any turkeys on camera lately? What's up with that bear carcass sofa? We need more Palin soap opera!

    May 3, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Steph

    The GOP has alot to learn from President Obama yet the Republicans dance to the tune of Rush Limbaugh and karl Rove!!

    May 3, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Eileen

    It's the divisive and polarizing positions the republicans have adopted as party platforms on some of the major issues – abortion, health care, energy, gay marriage, immigration – that flat out excludel large voting blocks. They are well to the right of the mainstream opinions. They've boxed themselves into a very small corner here.

    May 3, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. PAUL

    Too late. . . . the GOP is circling the drain.

    May 3, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. Amanda

    Oh yes you do. but unfortunately since you have no brain ....

    May 3, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Operation Crush Rush

    Cantor is clueless.He says and does what ever Rush tells him to do.We did a great job overloading Limbaughs servers last week people .Keep up the great work.Email Rush daily with your questions and letters,and dont forget the phone calls.Rush wants to here from his enemies as well as his dittoheads is what he said.

    May 3, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. republicans hate america

    you can communicate and be technical savvy all you want its the message where the Rush Limbaugh Party has us turned off.

    May 3, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. James, Ho. TX

    The NCNA has the PNAC to use as a Role Model.

    May 3, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Manny BLUM, Bernalillo

    I wonder why polititian cater to gays, as Meghan McCAIN was doing. They represent 2% of the population and for each gay vote they could gain they loose 3 of people repulsed by such strategy.

    May 3, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. elana

    HA There's only one BIG problem to that statement: The GOP/Republicans will NEVER learn ANYTHING from ANYONE but themselves, because they are brainwashed to think that it is only ONE way – and that's THE GOP WAY! So, I don't buy this explanation!!

    May 3, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. karen

    Mehgan McCain turns out to be the most sane voice of the Republican Party...what does that tell you?

    May 3, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Goverment is your Daddy

    The Rep. have alot to learn, Reward bad behavior, nationalize auto companys , Banks, reward the unions people will love you.......

    Don't ask what you can do for yourself, expect what the goverment can do for you....

    May 3, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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