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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This is your chance to continue the destruction of America. Go right ahead. Who cares anymore? Al Queda can sit back and relax. The republicans are going to do all of Al Queda's dirty work for them.

    November 3, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. BestProfitBusiness = WAR

    Cantor can't give specifics because the lobbiest haven't created the bills for the rethuglicans yet.

    November 3, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. USA 1

    We got the best Tea Party/GOP House run by politicians bought and owned, lock, stock, and barrel, by big/foreign business/big oil/Wall Street.

    Are you ready for theTea Party/GOP "Austerity Measures" America?

    November 3, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. blf83

    Then start cooperating on behalf of this country instead of hyper-partisan self interests.

    November 3, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Matt

    Shorter Cantor: "We're now in a position to continue to push policies that are destroying America, all in the name of higher profits for our Wall Street masters. The more the American people suffer, the quicker we can get Obama out of office."

    November 3, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. bailoutsos

    "Hard-charging Tea Party candidates came out of nowhere, beat out establishment GOP candidates" -– But, Tea Party candidates are just Republicans in clown suits.

    November 3, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Rush L

    "We can't blow this."

    You can, and will.

    November 3, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. Patrick Lewis

    Have fun with your two years. This was not a vote for you. This was a vote against the economy and for the FEAR relentlessly disgorged upon the people by the GOP and Fox News.

    November 3, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Aaron Swisher

    If Republicans are going to try to undo the latest healthcare legislation, will they also try to undo Medicare Part D – since it is more "socialist," and adds more to the deficit than that the latest healthcare bill? We should be able to see whether these are "new" Republicans, or the same old Republicans rather quickly.

    November 3, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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