September 13th, 2009
03:54 PM ET
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Let's move past Wilson's outburst, Cantor says

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The House Republican Whip said Sunday that the country needs to move on from South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson’s recent “You Lie!” outburst during President Obama’s address to Congress last week.

“Let’s go about the business that we are trying to get done which is to affect real health care reform,” Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

Cantor noted that Wilson’s apology had already been accepted by the president and Wilson has said he would not engage in that type of behavior again.

“We’ve got to look to how we get this health care reform done right – not just get it done. And there are areas that we can agree,” Cantor also said, citing banning the practice of denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, trying to ensure coverage to people who have employer-provided coverage but who lose their jobs, and working on medical malpractice reform.

But Cantor also suggested that President Obama had a ways to go if the White House is to be successful on one of Obama’s top domestic agenda items.

“Underlying the fear that we are seeing out across this country is this sense that somehow we’re going to be replacing government decision-making for that of the individual and their doctor,” the Virginia Republican said, “The president [in his address to Congress], I don’t believe went far enough to allay those fears.”

Cantor said the American people “want to see some guarantees” about preserving the relationship between doctors and patients, about the continued vitality of the private market for coverage so that it is less likely the government will ever be able discriminate in the provision of health care, and about paying for the estimated $1 trillion price tag over 10 years for Obama’s health care reform plan.

Filed under: Eric Cantor • Health care • State of the Union
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  1. Anonymous

    I see more hate speech spewed at Republicans by liberal Obama sympathizers on these blogs than I hear or see spewed at liberals and the Obama Administration. Consider checking yourselves before you check others.

    September 13, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. joe smith

    has any body seen the Freddie Mac john king doesn't even know it was to be delivered to the President/Geitner/The American People, May,2009..too busy with the smoke and mirrors, and the spin to give us the wonder there are tea parties..

    September 13, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. fideauxdon

    Sure, Eric; just as soon as Joe apologizes to the House for his outburst. Thiw was the most blatant outburst that has occurred in the House for at least 100 years. It was also untrue, but most of the right-wing whack jobs can't handle the truth. At least we won't have to put up with this guy after the next election, when the reasonable folks in South Carolina throw him out on his ear. Maybe he and Mark Sanford, who will precede him out the door, can then form a company to advise other wingnut candidates.

    September 13, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Patriot

    Yes, let's get back to business. Once the Repukes are banned and deported, we can live normally again. Let freedom ring!

    September 13, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. Chris

    We can't get past this shout of lying when the news media won't even investigate the charges! Was Obama lying? I'd say that IF the proposal to add these people to healthcare, then the charges have foundation and a man holding our highest office has been caught cheating!!!! Where is the media when we need it?

    September 13, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. alicia

    CNN....what the heck? John the State of the Republican union has Eric Cantor who was texting while the President of the USA spoke in the House Chamber;' Eric Cantor who spoke at a tea party event this weekend; Eric Cantor with the sexist video campaign????

    Eric Cantor is a JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |

    What have Republicans do for health care reform the past 60 years besides whining?

    Why didn't they whine when Bush/Cheney justified invading Iraq for WMDs & landed us a $5T tab, or when Bush pushed for the $700B TARP stimulus? Did Bush launch the TARP because our economy is heading in the right direction?

    Obama, health care reform is the right thing to do for our country. Let the Republicans whine as much as they want. If needed, sock it to them. Let's then move on & sock it to Mullah Omar & Osama bin Laden!

    I'll vote & campaign for you in 2012!

    - from someone who voted for Reagan & I'm not black!

    September 13, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. R Scott

    George W. Bush and the Republican'ts were wrong on everything they did for eight years. Maybe if we just do the exact oposite of what Mr. Cantor and the Rebubs say we would close to doing the right thing.

    September 13, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. AstroTurf This

    The Democraps are always trying distract the real issue with some type of slander. When they have no good argument they whine about Bush. Sorry...It's congress and the White House who are misreading the public on the healthcare issue and spending. The American public is not stupid. They know you don't spend your way out of debt. No doubt, the liberal ways will brankrupt the country the same way Jimmy Carter did and we will be electing another president in 2012 and it couldn't come fast enough. There is NO WAY this congress and this president are going to get control of the healthcare industry. The people will not stand for it.

    September 13, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    Let's all remember this: the actions by Congress in the coming weeks, could effect you and your family's health care for the rest of your life, and theirs. Don't worry about trivialities, or whether you "like" the President, or this or that politician. Don't worry about any of them. Those things are utterly unimportant. The very future and well being of YOU and your family are being decided right now. It is YOUR life on the line now, not some politician's.

    September 13, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. a real American

    Sorry Cantor, it ain't gonna happen. Liberals "hold a grudge like Khomenei" ( from "Seinfeld"). They're still upset about Nixon, mocked Reagan, and still blame GW for everything when they realize they don't have all the answers, just like Obama did in his speech.

    Wasn't created to "move on" beyond Clinton's follies? Guess liberals aren't in the mood anymore, imagine that....

    September 13, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. DonnaLee

    Scat ... if they had any health care business to attend to, except the constant bashing of the Democratic plans, we all surely would have been told loud and clearly.

    Hark ... do I hear Rep. Cantor citing some great new Republican health care ideas? Like, banning the practice of denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, trying to ensure coverage to people who have employer-provided coverage but who lose their jobs, and working on medical malpractice reform.

    Sorry Cantor, these are all Democratic proposals.

    Guess we can now add Plagiarism to the list.

    September 13, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. D. Tree

    Yes, Mr. Cantor would like to get back to the very important business of robbing the American People of quality health care.

    September 13, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. Pat

    What Wilson did was disrepectful. I don't like or agree with President Obama, but deserves respect for being the President of the United States. However, Democrats need to move on...I recall how disrepectful Rep Pelosi and Senator Reid, then Senator Obama and former VP Al Gore were to President Bush. My mesage the Democrats is he who is without sin cast the first stone.

    Where is when you need it?

    September 13, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. RPG

    Wilson apologied because his leadership told him to. Not because he felt any remorse. I at leaat give the republican leadership credit for the common decency that Wilson lacks. His home state must be ashamed of his poor control over his emotions.

    September 13, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. Chenna Benna

    Last time I checked, Dems never shouted out "liar" to the previous president during his SOTU addresses, even though Bush really was lying to the faces about Iraq.

    September 13, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. John in WV

    You republicans use the term "American People" loosely. The fact is, the majority of "American People" trust the current administration. After our Presidents speech last wednesday, his trust with the "American People" increased even more.

    September 13, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. Dealt, Lisbon

    Well... I agree with Cantor (amazing!) that everybody (including suddenly-saint Cantor) should move on and deal with the real issue.

    However, I can't imagine why republicans keep saying Wilson apologized. I heard him on CNN saying his party wanted him to apologize and he did, that they wanted him to call the White House and he did... and so on.

    Besides suffering from mental incontinence Wilson seems to be rather childish... "Mum told me to apologize and I'm a good, obedient, son so I did. Will I still be grounded?" Pitiful...

    I am sure there are some Republicans with high IQ... I keep hoping I'll find one

    September 13, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    So, Let me get this straight: The President hands the Republicans everything they want on a silver platter but they can not concede to a public option? Once again, the Republican Party is showing it's true side. They are not for the people they are for big business.

    September 13, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. America hit a new low with Wilson

    I just hung my head in shame. As a swing vote Independent, I have been sickened by both parties at one time or another, but this Wilson guy made my gut sick. You know, you may not like to hear this Mr. Wilson, but America voted this man into the presidency. A true American is one who backs his president no matter what the differences of opinion. You, Mr. Wilson, are an ungrateful and disrespectful person – a poor loser, to put it in simple terms.You are what is wrong with America and why the Republicans are looking like extremely uneducated, unmannered bullies. President Obama, I wasn't so sure about your health care plan, but you have my vote by default.

    September 13, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. kevincollins

    What a hypocrite. If it were a Democrat who yelled this thing during a Bush address, he'd be demanding their hide like there's no tomorrow.

    September 13, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. Wow

    I'm sorry, but Wilson never apologized. He was so kind to explain that the leadership told him to call the white house and he did. I'm sorry, but he should apologize on the floor of the house. He broke a house rule.

    Why is it that the republicans think that they can do anything to anyone at anytime and never have to apologize? Eric Cantor needs to shut up . It was so rude of him to be on his blackberry during the speech.

    If a democrat had yelled YOU LIE to President Bush while he was speaking to a joint session of Congress, I would expect him to apologize on the house floor as well. But we all know that this wouldn't happen to President Bush on the floor of Congress, don't we.

    September 13, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. Remember

    I'm no bush fan, but he went through the same thing from democrat congressional members several times and I never heard of an apology from any of them. If the shoe fits wear it.

    September 13, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    did they check with rush limbag or dicky trick cheney .they all need to go away ..or back under the rock that cheney built his lies on
    ass wipes

    September 13, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  25. John Black Hills/SD

    Maybe the republican truth should try and understand that when you speak like a fool on the national stage by calling our President a liar, there will be a price to pay.

    September 13, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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