November 7th, 2010
12:25 PM ET
12 years ago

GOPer says voters have 'had enough'

(CNN) - The man running for House majority leader from the Republican Party in the next Congress thinks Democrats don't get it.

"If Democratic members in the House elect Nancy Pelosi as their leader, it's almost as if they just didn't get the message from voters this election," Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia said on "Fox News Sunday." "The voters outright rejected the agenda that she's been about and here they're going to put her back in charge."

Cantor referenced Obama's comments this week that he failed to sell his important legislative milestones as an example the president doesn't get it either.

"I think that's indicative of his not getting it, because the voters have had enough of the Obama agenda," Cantor said.

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, also appearing on Fox, joined the other Republican politicians on Sunday talk shows calling for Congress to "repeal and replace" the new health care legislation.

"We're going to do everything we can to try and repeal and replace this thing," Ryan said.

But he also said he didn't think a full repeal would be possible until there is a new president and a "better Senate."

Filed under: 2010 • Eric Cantor • issues • Paul Ryan
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. shannon

    So the republicans have power, and they are already saying no compromise, they want those tax cuts for the rich, and continue to spew the lie, that they create jobs. Don't let the fact that we've lost 10 million jobs since they were enacted get in the way.. Texas Republicans are saying they are going to take away health care from millions of elderly, diasable people and children. I guess you got the government you wanted baggers, don't whine when your families are the ones who can't get health coverage. I guess you were right, we got death panels after all. You all better be ready to man up, it's takes a lot of our tax dollars to keep the top 2% in this country in their riches, there won't be much left over for the working class and the poor.

    November 7, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. KathyC in Minnesota


    Since the American people voted in the Party with the WORST overall rating in Congress, the saying NO will continue!!

    Eric Cantor had the audacity to say on the same FOX show that if President Obama did not do what THEY tell him to do on the subject of Tax Cuts for the rich, they will shut down the Government and BLAME it on him.

    Spoiled brats they are! Bullies in suits! Ok America, you spoke, but the EGOS in the room are not listening!!

    November 7, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Chris G

    What the tea party folks mostly don't get is that they have been duped by the Koch brothers and Rupert Murdoch into opposing policies designed for them by Obama. It's not the rich that need heath care reform, it's many of the people that voted against it that need it. The only reason to oppose things like a ban on pre-existing condition denials of coverage (an important part of the bill) is to increase the profit margins of the fat cats in the health industry. The bill is designed to help people who are denied access to health care in this country because of ever more restrictive polices that are all about profit. What happened to the America where we helped our neighbors?

    November 7, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans have power but no plan so they continue to beat a dead horse, Nancy Pelosi. and the new power boss, John Boehner, is wasting time right alone with them. Is this what you voted for?

    November 7, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    The Republicans gained the House through fear, hatred and outright lies.

    Their megaphone is Fox, owned by Australian Rupert Murdoch, with the second-largest share owned by Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal.

    (You remember this prince? He's donated hundreds of THOUSANDS of dollars to the Iman wanting to build the Islamic Community Center near Ground Zero.)

    So, teabaggers, and all you other scared and ignorant voters, you've been suckered by the very people who brought our country to its economic knees. Now the Republicans are saying they want to do more of the same: tax cuts for the wealthy that doesn't result in jobs here in the US.

    You've been convinced to vote against your own self-interest. You truly are a pack of fools!

    November 7, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    The Republicans are the ones who did'n get it- they picked up seats-across the board-congratulations.
    What you did not get was Pelosi out of office, she still has her vote and willsoon have back some clout. Harry Reid, won by one of his biggest margins, despite a amjor push to force him out and thi sin a RED state! The Tea Party had 32% of their candidates elected- that means an overwheming majority 68% to be exact LOST.
    American are reactionary but have short memories. We pulled money out of the stack market and let the savvy investor make a fortune. We voted out many in Congress becuase they have been told goverment can't bring new jobs while saying that goverment tax break will bring jobs back- both line are incorrect. You don't spend becuase you have saved money, you spend when you need to. Infrastructure spending will create jobs, bolster the companies that supply the materials and in turn will stimulate the local economies where the projects take place.
    American have learned to spend less- there is a backside to that- less goods needed, means fewer jobs. We can't have it all. Time to wake up America- you just got an extra hour of sleep, hopefully you're rested and your heads are clear.

    November 7, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Chris G

    While we're at it, why do we keep hearing propaganda from Fox? Why does the FCC not revoke Fox news broadcast license, as they clearly violate the FCC rules on distortion of the news? I think we all deserve to have fair use of the public airwaves. The Fox "news" use as a trustee of the public airwaves is equivalent to putting campaign ad signs in National Parks.

    November 7, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. terry, va

    @ Shannon...voters have had enough of the socialist policies the dumbocraps have advanced in the past 20 months. They now are talking about tax cuts for the rich trying to divide the country on financial status. Well, let me tell you idiots something. The tax code that is is place is the tax code. If nothing is done all taxes will go up in all tax brackets. If you keep the current tax code no one's taxes go up. If you only exempt certain groups and let the tax code go up for the rich then their taxes raise. So in no case do the rich get a tax cut. This is all B.S. advanced by the dumbocraps. I don't know why you can't understand that.

    November 7, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    YES we have had enough! Enough of the Repub selfish political antics of devisive and destructive political games. The electoriate is angry at all the crap in Washington which includes the Repubs! How can the Repubs who have been there for all the Bush years, and all the obstruction of the Obama years think they can claim they had nothing to do with it. They were right there for all of it. The Repubs ass-sume we are all morons because apparently most are – at least the ones who voted for the Repubs to be back into control of the house are.

    November 7, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. W L Jones

    These same people did not have answers to country probelm for the last 10 years now all as a certain they have all the answer. Believe me something wrong with this picture. Ms. Palin must be durning something right.

    November 7, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Annie, Atlanta

    I disagree with Cantor. Most of the people that vote in this country are hurting and don't pay attention to what Congress is doing. Or isn't doing, like this last session where the GOP stopped anything that could help average people so they could help the monied interests, along with discrediting a president they obviously hate and want to defeat. Anything to win – and we all get dragged down in the process. People are hurting and the party in power always gets blamed when you don't pay attention to what's going on. It's that simple. The Republicans aren't well liked by Americans. But people don't pay attention to politics, and tend to vote against their own best interests in an effort to punish. The sad thing is the GOP wants to dismantle the few safety nets we have. Who are they going to blame it on if the GOP should succeed? The party in place in the white house, that's who. We need to start paying attention.

    November 7, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    Terry in VA, "dumbocraps?" Seriously? Us "dumbocraps" are your neighbors, co-workers, family, and friends. Just because we have different belief systems doesn't mean we're enemies. Stop being so hateful. We're all in this together. If we sink, we all go down. If we succeed, we all succeed. Don't you realize that it's the monied interests hammering the wedge between us so that we won't pay attention to the fact that they're robbing us blind? Let's figure out how to fight the real enemy instead of each other.

    November 7, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. terry, va

    To all the bloggers....It is a matter of ideology. Work and get paid for your value to society or lay on the couch and get benefits from those that do work. There is nothing in between. Why do people cry about their lot in life when they aren't willing to do something about it? Socialism doesn't work. We the taxpayers are tired of Obummie's experiment.

    November 7, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. grapevine

    Rand Paul is saying he wants to extend Social Security benefits beyond age 62, and cut medicare, if not eliminate it, altogether. Lindsay Graham is saying we need to strike Iran. Cantor wants to protect the upper class which own $57 Trillion of American wealth. And this is just the 1st week of the New Republican House. I suspect we'll be seeing a bit more weeping from House Crier Boehner in the days to come. Meanwhile, no one seems to be discussing the #1 priority of Americans: Job Growth Initiatives. It's going to be a long, long 24 months ahead.

    November 7, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Marcus

    terry, va
    Are you really thinking that we're going to buy what you're saying?
    What YOU can't understand is that all INDEPENDENT and NON-PARTISAN analysis of the 'tax cuts for the rich' (its proper name is lost to me at the moment) says the same stuff: They WORK in the VERY SHORT TERM, then they start to become a heavy weight for the ECONOMY. It's a short (emphasys on SHORT) effect answer for a bigger problem.
    But then again, since 2009 you (and die-hard GOPers) have been trying to sell them as the holly grail...
    Sorry fella, facts (taken within their context) don't lie.

    November 7, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Peter s

    When you vote fascism over Democracy you get what you deserve!!. Folks remember once there was the great Roman empire and it collapsed because of the internal political corruption, economic problems, and a series of leaders that — let's face it — were more interested in their personal gain than in the welfare of the common people!!!. Not there yet? nope but one sure way of getting there was/is voting the Republicans majority. Please, ladies and gentlemen tighten your seat belt because the economy manovoers will include, flying inverted, the hammer head, the roll, a loop and last but not least we will have the final low level pass!! and usher the middle class down just below the poverty line!!

    November 7, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. normajean

    The Republicans are the ones who "haven't got it" When either party can publicly announce that they are out to get the president and then expect the country to just fall into line...that's when we know who doesn't get it.The" three little pigs," Cantor,,McConnell and Boehner are probably the epitomy of "sleezy politicians that one reads about in novels. I've lived through many,many administrations and have NEVER,NEVER seen the corruption and arrogance of these three....People who have voted for these three obviously have done so without any study of the facts. Without caring what happens to our country or its hard working people. During the last two years, the Republican party has not formulated one piece of legislation that became law. They did not work on any problem with the Democrats to bring and end to a miriad of problems left over from the Bush administration. All they did was distruct or say "no". That is NOT leadership in any form and should not be tolerated nor voted for!!It's up to the lazy voters to realize, that this is their country too and if they are willing to get in there and do their part, then we ALL go down.!!!That includes YOU!!!!!.

    November 7, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. usualone

    It is good propaganda, from the Republicans, that the majority of people in the US want the ways of the Republicans. Where they succeeded is that they got their people to vote. This has been the pattern in the past three elections that the party in power lost votes during the mid-year elections. Well, the Democrats will surely get their people to vote next time. By then people will learn the benefits of the healthcare plan and will have a vested interest in it. More Democrats will vote next one cannot seriously think that one party has the "majority" at this time. The Repubs just made the most noise. Maybe the sleeping tiger (the Donkey in this case) will rise again. So the Repubs who are so cocky now, as they accuse the Speaker of being, may overestimate their chances. Way too early to tell.

    November 7, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. R. Wood

    I take the Republicans at their word. They claim a massive mandate from the 2010 elections. My message to them:

    November 7, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. from MI

    The thing that most people don't realize is that rasing everyones taxes to pay for someone else's healthcare or well being is not be charitable. What it is, is simply stealing money from people to give to the poor. Charitable is when, by my own decisions, I decide I want to help out a family in need. We used to help our neighbors in the united states when they needed it. Instead now we look to the government for the solutions to our problems. We have generational welfare (i.e. dirtbags that don't want to work and are only a leech on the people), people that abuse food stamps by taking cash back and buying cigarrettes and alchohol and many other forms of entitlement programs that are not helping people in the way that they were intended to. Many programs instead of helping people in need make people dependant upon them to the point that they no longer want to excel and contribute to our nation by coming up with new ideas and producing goods, but instead these people would rather be a burden to society and live off of the people.

    November 7, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Cindy

    Republicans aren't getting it either. There was a huge Rally to Restore Sanity the week before the election. What the Republican leadership is interpreting as their mandate, is totally off base. All they're going to end up doing is incite anger from the other side. Tea Partiers and Conservatives are not the only Americans who can get angry you know....

    November 7, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. Fed Up

    No, they don't get it! Obama stood up there and said there was nothing wrong with what they are doing. OK, no problem. Vote the bums out in 2012. Of course, there are people that liked to be taxed to death. They won't ever get it.

    November 7, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. D. Bunker

    Well, this voter has certainly had enough of the GOBP's fear, hate, ignorance, lies, propaganda and obstruction.

    November 7, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |