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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  1. John

    Eric has it right. The republican victory means they wanted to carry the baton. They can't just say NO to everything anymore. They have to work with President Obama this time, or there will be a repeat of 2008. This is the genius of President Obama.
    He knows how to put the ball in the opponents court just enough to make them own up to their responsibility. And to
    everyone who voted "against" the President,

    Republicans, time to roll up your sleeves and start working with the President.

    November 3, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Anonymous

    I hope America gives the Republicans the same support and time table they gave the Democrats. This means means that by march, unemployment should be at 7% ( afterall- the turnaround is already in place) and they should have a completely revised healthcre bill- thay have had 2 years to work on the draft.
    Unrealtic time tables are the reason people are frustrated. Unrealistic expectations and the media have had people give up quickly on a process they do not understand. America, you have set us back.

    November 3, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Name

    There is no MORE REPUBLICAN PARTY.....that was shown through the entire election when NONE OF THE FORMER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS OR SENATORS CAME OUT AND CAMPAIGNED FOR THIS SO CALLED PARTY! What the Tea Party doesnt want to admit is their former predecessors HUNG THEM OUT TO DRY AND PLANNED THIA ECONOMY DOWN TURN FOR EIGHT YEARS!!!!!

    Pres. Obama is trying to straighten things give him time to do so! EVEN IF IT TAKES 8 YEARS TO DO SO!!!!

    November 3, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. Paul

    2nd chance? This is like your 100th chance and you blow it everytime. MORONS. Dems too....MORONS. We're all screwed.

    November 3, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Jeanette

    Tredning? I guess you meant trending? Sigh. When will the economy allow for the return of copy editors to journalism?

    November 3, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Chad

    Time will tell. Also, how do Republicans think Democrats will say Yes to their proposals yet they always voted No on Democrats proposals?

    November 3, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Blink

    Great news and Cantor will be a good one to help lead the charge. Its going to be an interesting next 6 months to see how all parties work together.

    November 3, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Why are these Republicans still talking about the negatives of Obama since they've won and can't tell Americans what their plan is. If you think your God has forsaken you because you think Obama isn't for you, then get ready for change that will really forsake you.

    November 3, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. diridi

    this kid is a new kid in the politics...he does not know nor sense to me. It is a Democracy America. Any thing can turn around. Two years, is a long time. You prove and talk. Or else, you sail in the same boat. Make America for people's place, and talk. o.k. You don't have any filibuster majority in senate. Make the land trustworthy, and praiseworthy. Don't talk with empty promises in people's place. You do not know democracy.....o.k. America is "Democratic" nation. Don't take things for granted.....o.k. Work for people. Wake up, long way to go from the mess created from GOP.

    November 3, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Elle in Idaho

    I don't get it. Obama made it into the White House because of his promise to bring Health Care reform, and he did it without increasing taxes or the deficit. So why do the Republican's want it repealed when the majority of Americans want it? If they do start knocking bits and pieces out of it, I guarantee they'll lose out in 2012. They are going in the wrong direction! They need to work to IMPROVE the bill, not tear it down piece by piece until it turns into a time-sucking-wasteful piece of legislation that will very likely work to help insurance companies suck more money out of those who can't afford it.

    November 3, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. Expat American

    Are the Republicans willing to begin working with the White House, and do they have any solutions of their own? The past two years has proven that no, the GOP is unwilling to work with the Democrats, while offering no solutions of their own. The GOP strategy has always been one of obstructionism and stalling while they prepare their bid for 2012 and Palin’s Party Nomination – with the intention of dusting off, recycling and setting forth the same old Republican agenda… No surprises here.

    November 3, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. GaryB

    So, they/re back in the majority and they still can't offer any specific solutions. Guess that proves that saying "no" is a lot easier than actuallly doing something.

    November 3, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Who Craes?

    Now watch all the banks start to open up financing again. They were hand-in-hand with the Republicans in trying to stop our entire economy these last two years.

    November 3, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Chris

    So, what's the story? Republicans have been elected to a house majority now for a matter of HOURS! Where are all the new jobs they promised?

    November 3, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. Clark Wilhelm Griswald

    Deliver on promises? What promises?

    Oh dear, the party of NO has to do something now . . . and reality is going to set in. In a few years they will will be the bums Americans will throw out. We Americans sure are suckers, falling for the same old game again and again.

    November 3, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Ben in Texas

    Yeah, this is a second (or third or fourth or...) chance for the Repugnants to fix the mess they made from 2000-2008. I am confident that they will dig themselves, and the country, in deeper. They will continue to ignore their responsibility for the mess the economy is in. They will ignore the 2 useless wars they got us involved in, and the damage they've thus done to the economy, our military, and our image in the world. All the while, they will subtly, and not so subtly, play on racism, fear, and hatred as they try to distract the American public from the realization that they are only about socialism for the rich. As they shovel money to the rich, they will be simultaneously digging a hole in which to bury the middle class.

    We see you, Eric. We know what you're about.

    November 3, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Sue

    Try to make the Health Care Bill BETTER, but don't take it away completely because 30 million people now have health care that didn't have it before....people that had pre existing conditions that couldn't even get health care, taking this away will only put the Republicans back to square one......they need to now work with the other side and stop being the Party of NO and work for the people of this country, instead of spending all their efforts on making sure Obama is only a 1 term President. This will only take away from them what they have gained. They need to stop thinking about 2012 and focus on the NOW>>>>>>>on the issues at hand if they want to continue to have the majority of the House, if not then the Democrats will take it back 2014......

    November 3, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "We have to deliver."

    Tough luck! Congress is even more divided now. Goos luck getting anything passed in the Senate. And if it makes it out of the Senate, good luck on President Obama not vetoing it. We'll have gridlock in Congress for the next 2 years. The United Corporate States of China & India is now open to the highest bidder.

    November 3, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Beverly - NYC

    Let's hope the new speaker can pull it together and not cry like a girl. Who the Bo Hoo, Boehner did you come to the realization that you may actually have to work longer than a 10-3 day while kissing Tea Party posterior. It takes more to lead than saying NO You Can't, and putting a big binder clip around empty pieces of paper. The Republicans have control now lets see what they do with it. We the people will get just what we deserve, I for one don't think it will be a good thing. Those who have it hard, will have it harder, and the rich will get richer by throwing a few crumbs at the have not to vote against their own interests. Sweet today sour tomorrow.

    November 3, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Gale

    At least he realizes that the American people are sick and tired of same ole, same ole. Corruption, back scratching, no term limits, and lobbyist rule, are out. The voters are taking back America from these power mad politicians, not to mention greedy! Pelosi, "Get off that plane"

    November 3, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. ST

    Mr. Cantor, it is the President who runs his agenda. If he will prioritise them number one will be jobs and second strengthen the economy. The rest follow later. Election have consequences it is now the party which had grabbed power to deliver.

    November 3, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Janet

    Well I plan to call day to my state rep demanding a Job for me and my family. I voted now the Republican better put up or shut up. Because I will be watching I plan to join and form a committee to make them prove it.

    November 3, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    Considering that the polls were predicting this sweep long ago, one would think that Cantor would have job producing solutions ready at hand. Apparently not. We have a ceiling debt which will need to be raised beginning next year. . . wonder how that is going to go over with Palin and her TeaPer crowd? So much to do, so little time. Going to be very, very interesting these next few months.

    November 3, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Orlando Patriot

    I am a STRONG CONSERVATIVE but notice I did NOT say Republican. The Republicans are NOW ON PROBATION!! If you go back to your OLD WAYS of being nothing more than a "Democrat Lite" and voting for MORE government, MORE taxes, MORE redistribution of wealth, and/or more entitlements then your butt will be BACK on the street in two short years. The government needs to remember that YOU WORK FOR US!! WE DO NOT WORK FOR YOU!! The first party (Democrats, Republicans, OR a new party) that figures this out will get my vote going forward. Your constituents are tired of government not working for US so remember this election in Nov 2010 and decide if you are going to START LISTENING TO US!! If not, then enjoy your two short years in office............

    November 3, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. Reality Stinks

    Finally, a dose of reality in government... Of course Democrats will continue with their blame of everyone except their failing policies and poor decisions.

    November 3, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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