November 3rd, 2010
09:35 AM ET
12 years ago

Cantor: This is our chance

(CNN) – House Minority Whip Eric Cantor told CNN early Wednesday that his party's sweeping takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives was a repudiation of Democrats' policies, and a chance for Republicans to deliver on their promises.

"This is a second chance for us. If we blow it again we will be in the wilderness for a very long time," Cantor told CNN early Wednesday. "We have to deliver."

Cantor said that his party's main priority will be to reduce spending but, when asked, would not specifically address certain proposals from some of his newly elected Tea Party Republican colleagues', such as cutting the Department of Education, or threatening to shut down the government if President Obama doesn't agree to certain spending cuts.

And if House Republican efforts to repeal the health care bill as a whole are, as is expected to happen, quashed by the lack of a filibuster-proof Republican majority in the Senate, Cantor said they will likely look for ways to incrementally defund parts of the bill that are "job-killing" or expensive through the appropriations process.

Cantor is expected to replace Democrat Steny Hoyer in January as the next majority leader, the second-ranking position in House leadership.

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    NOTHING will get done. NOTHING.

    November 3, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Lynn

    Today all those lost jobs will return. The unemployed should all be rehired, so no more excuses companies, start hiring immediately.

    November 3, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Jay

    Our chance for what? To screw thing up again and get the boot in 2 – 4 years?

    November 3, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Bob Knapman

    The indecision of the American people is leding to half-measures. Obama was duly elected with an agenda of change and empowerment. For two years I watched as the agenda was compromised by Republican interference, all the while challenging his performance. From health care and economy, to the wars in the mid-east, the support given the Republicans in the house vote tends to suggest the people 'want' more Bush era shananagans...

    November 3, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. Dave

    Well, Cantor, get used to the white hot spotlight. You blasted the democrats for 4 years after 8 years of running up the deficit to record levels (I guess the old white voters all forgot about that) and now are back in power. This time you don't have a republican senate and president to rubber stamp every pet project you and your fellow congressmen and women want to throw their way.

    It will be very interesting to see what comes out of this "tidal wave". Eight years of republican power brought us to the brink of financial disaster and two lousy wars. Let's see what happens when you have some oversight on what you are doing.

    November 3, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Tired of the nonsense

    No, it's not a repudiation (or a refudiation if you're channeling Sarah "Idiot" Palin) of the Democratic policies. It only goes to show that there are enough uneducated people out there who can't tell that the people at Fox (Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Palin, Beck, etc) lie through their teeth and expect all the gullible lemmings out there to follow them.

    November 3, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. Tony Z

    At what point are we going to hear specifics? I need to hear solutions. Are you going to listen to the commission on taxes due to report next month? Are you ready to explain the healthcare bill that was passed? How are you going to pay for the $734B added by making the Bush tax cuts permanent? Let have real talk.

    November 3, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Jim

    Please shut down the Government. Let's see just how childish, stubborn and naive you look when you bring this country to it's knees by doing so. You will destroy your own party by doing so.

    November 3, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Seattle Sue

    The Republicans won't change, it will be business as usual.

    November 3, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. d-dub

    if you think last nights election is going to change anything, you need tp put the pipe down

    November 3, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Sgt Joe

    And have no doubt, they will "blow it again" because they are empty when it come to new solutions. Haven't they already had plenty of "chances" folks? Who are they kidding? Oh, they kidded enough voters to get their butts back in those seats, didn't they? They can't even articulate exactly what they'd cut in spending when asked even though they hang on that issue like gospel. They don't have the guts to say that their target is the middle class because their true agenda is to comfort Wall St. with going back to de-regulation. What a broken record...same old crap! I'm going to enjoy watching them nose dive, yet again.

    November 3, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. rascalofearth

    companies and insurers have already made changes because of the new hc law. if the gop begins unraveling it that will create 'uncertainty' if not outright khans. what happens to the under 26 year olds who are now on their parent's plans? what happens to the retirees who have been moved off private plans because they are now covered under the new law? basically the reason the changes had to be comprehensive is still there and without any revisions being comprehensive we will have an even more dysfunctional system. the line about job killing cracks me up....the reason the system needed an overhaul is because we are totally uncompetitive.

    November 3, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. Living in America

    Cutting the Department of Education and shut down the government if the President don't agree with them. Wow folks don't get mad when they do it. These are the folks that you elected.

    I will expect the job index to be 2.5% for unemployment by Jan. 2, 2011 by the Republicans. I don't wanna hear the process takes time.

    November 3, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Bob Knapman

    'Unconscienable' is the word that comes to mind to understand that the voice of the men and women overseas is apparently being muted. By red tape it is being suggested that the soldiers vote is not being counted. Republicans have been accused of vote tampering before, but how can the people sit in their comfortable chairs and vote to put 'war-mongers' in control, given the state of the economy. Shame...

    November 3, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Jill American

    Where Tea Party candidates were in the news, they lost (O'Donnell, Angle). Where there was little exposure of their views they won. What does that tell you? Voters rejected the fringe element, that's what it tells you. So, don't go all crazy about it.

    November 3, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. Steve From NH

    DO SOMETHING! So far, you are all talk and no action. The so-called actions that you have taken in the past amount to "do nothing, let someone else take care of it". You have a responsibility to make government work – not just to say "government sucks". DO SOMETHING besides lower taxes, which benefit mostly the wealthy. You have a responsibility to rebuild the middle class, which are the REAL engine of growth in this country. DO SOMETHING to reign in the greed of big business, most of all the banks on Wall Street, who are the real scumbags to blame for the current state of the economy. DO SOMETHING to grow some cojones, and not just lie down and do what the lobbyists that work for the aforementioned big companies tell you to do. IF YOU DON'T DO SOMETHING, you will be gone too.

    November 3, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. KSUKid

    I really dislike Cantor. He annoys me. Please work together and get along nicely this year.

    November 3, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. Itstime

    It will be a welcome change to finally here something from the GOP that is productive. I cannot help but be humored by the pleas for cooperation and compromise. Unfortunately many Americans have had to suffer due to the party of no.

    November 3, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. Right Leaning Independent

    That is right Cantor!! We want sensible change and both Repubs and Dems will be held accountable if it does not happen. Politicians work for us Americans and we just fired many of them for their liberal agenda! The rest better get the message or they too will receive a pink slip in two more years!! We are taking America Back!! No more apologies to other countries, no more wasting my tax money on bailouts and failed stimulus, no more growing government, no more allowing illegals to run around in our country or else.....

    November 3, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Good job the Republican Party back in charge of congress, don'T forget the tea party, already proposals from some of his newly elected Tea Party Republican colleagues', such as cutting the Department of Education, or threatening to shut down the government if President Obama doesn't agree to certain spending cuts. NOW IT TRULY BEGIN, THE GOOD VERSE THE EVIL. Keep up the good work President Obama

    November 3, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    Without control of both houses, nothing will pass without bipartisan measures, which will be unlikely. The economy will continue to tank, and jobs will be no where to be found.

    Best thing that happened, was now Obama cannot squander any more money on worthless, useless programs, without getting a bipartisan vote, which will be highly unlikely.

    The economy will remain mired, so in 2012, Obama will be out, without question. In the meantime, millions will become financially ruined.

    November 3, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. Fair is Fair

    We have full confidence, Mr. Majority Leader-elect. Hope you enjoy Stimpy Hoyer's office!

    November 3, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. NVa Native

    So I guess the strike is over and the Repubs have to go back to work?

    November 3, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. gt

    it cant get any worse... thanks nancy is gone,, what a disaster she was,,

    November 3, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. Andrew

    Just minimize the size of government and spending.

    November 3, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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