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Cantor complains Pelosi refuses to meet with him
The Hill ^ | June 8, 2009 | Molly K. Hooper and Bob Cusack

Posted on 06/08/2009 5:48:45 PM PDT by jazusamo

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) says he has requested to meet privately with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) this year, but has been repeatedly rebuffed.

In an interview with The Hill, the minority whip said, “I have been told that Speaker Pelosi doesn’t like to meet with Republicans … I would say that is the case in my instance. I have put in requests to meet with her and have yet to be responded to.”

Hours later, Cantor would be on the House floor, questioning whether the Speaker should continue to receive intelligence briefings.

In his floor comments, Cantor grilled Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), claiming that Pelosi should no longer receive briefings in the wake of her accusation that the CIA lied to her about the use of torture in 2003.

The Hoyer-Cantor exchange became testy, with Hoyer asserting that he is confounded by Cantor’s logic, calling it “incomprehensible.”

Pelosi’s office did not comment for this article.

The five-term lawmaker doesn’t mind making creating uncomfortable moments for Democrats. And when he throws partisan bombs at his political adversaries, he rarely raises his voice.

He gets under the skin of congressional Democrats effectively, whether it be on tax policies, climate change or the International Monetary Fund. Love him or hate him, Cantor keeps the pressure on the majority party.

As a result, five months into his leadership job, Cantor has become a prime target for the left. With Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) on the back nine of his political career, liberals have gone after the 46-year-old Cantor, labeling him “Mr. No.”

Cantor says he knows it comes with the territory: “Who said this thing was easy? ... There is give and take, there is room for public discourse and sometimes it gets a little more vehement than other times, and that’s what’s to be expected.”

Few, if any, political analysts believe that Republicans will retake the House next year. But Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in Congress, is undeterred: “We’ve got a shot of taking back this House. … I think that prospect is largely based on the American people’s desire for a check and balance of power here in Washington. When you’ve got a situation where there’s an unfettered ability to run the table and the direction in which they’re heading is far outside the mainstream, I think that that creates an environment for Republican takeover in the House.”

There has been friction between Cantor and Boehner in the 111th Congress, but Cantor laughs off the “palace intrigue.”

“John Boehner and I have a great relationship,” Cantor said, adding, “We’re together; we’re a team.”

Cantor scored a huge win earlier this year when he rallied the entire GOP conference against the $787 billion economic stimulus package. Cantor acknowledges it was not easy, but he won over skeptical GOP lawmakers by mastering the details of the legislation.

Unlike former GOP Whip Tom DeLay (Texas), Cantor favors reason over strong-arm tactics.

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), who has bucked Republican leaders on many high-profile issues, said, “Eric will try to get you to rethink your position, but he respects your opinion when you tell him your mind is made up.”

“I have always found him to be very reasonable,” Jones said. “That’s the kind of image this party needs.”

Cantor has experienced bumps in the road in 2009. After his colleagues in leadership called the AIG bonus bill “a sham,” Cantor unexpectedly voted to back the legislation. At the time, lawmakers questioned his ability to stand up to what they called popular but seriously flawed legislation.

With the spotlight on him brighter than ever, some say he will learn from his missteps.

Still, Cantor is widely respected by his Republican peers in Congress. He is an avid fundraiser and comfortable talking about policy, a key skill that has helped him climb the leadership ladder.

President Obama called out Cantor during a meeting with lawmakers in February, saying he can’t wait for the day when Cantor praises one of his ideas.

Cantor says he admires the president and has little interest in rebuking him personally. He is more than willing to take on Democratic policies, and anxious to talk about other Democratic personalities, most notably Pelosi.

Pressed on why voters should embrace the GOP and where its new ideas are, Cantor gets a bit animated, saying, “It’s not about new ideas/old ideas. It’s about delivering. It’s about what works here, OK?”

He also rejects the notion that the public wants more government intervention in the wake of the financial meltdown, saying that the regulations in place “didn’t make sense…the emphasis on the means, rather than the ends I think it’s sometimes misplaced.”

Cantor faces the challenging task of getting the Republican Party better positioned on the economy, stressing that Americans are worried about the bottom line, their jobs and the nation’s fiscal future.

Like the president and congressional Democrats, Cantor faces huge tests in keeping his party in line on healthcare reform and climate change.

He rattles off talking points on each issue, but appears most eager to tackle energy, the Speaker’s flagship issue.

“The Speaker intends there to be a broad discussion [on energy] by July 4,” a smiling Cantor said. “Let’s have it. Let’s have it.”

Katelyn Ferral contributed to this article.

Excerpts of The Hill’s interview with Minority Whip Eric Cantor

Q: After the 2008 elections, a lot of people thought that you could have had the votes to become minority leader. Did you consider jumping into that race, as opposed to the whip?

A: I’ve always been a supporter of John Boehner to be minority leader and continue to support him in that role, and I’m working very hard so that he can become Speaker.

Q: Another 2008 issue that we’d love to put to bed — were you vetted by the McCain campaign to be vice president? Your name came up a bit in that context.

A: You know, I consistently say to that: Ask Sen. McCain — he’s the one that would be able to best communicate to you a response to that.

Q: Is the Earth warming or cooling? Is the problem man-made?

A: Well, I think that everybody — well, I don’t know if everybody, but most people have sort of come to the point at which the fact of carbon emissions is not something that is a good thing, necessarily, in excess. So I think we can all agree on that principle, and so … we all agree that we need to basically clean up our mess.

Q: The Capitol, as you know, is a place of relationships, and there has been a lot of chatter about your relationship with Leader Boehner. How often do you talk to Mr. Boehner, and what about all this chatter that there is friction?

A: You know, what’s amazing to me is this fascination with what goes on between John Boehner and I. We have a great relationship. We speak every day, and our staffs speak every day … I mean, we’re together; we’re a team. Look at what’s going on the other side — they have divisions galore. Where is the focus on … the differences that exist between Speaker Pelosi and Leader Hoyer?

Q: On the national stage, some Republicans have been getting a lot of attention, including Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh. Is that taking away from your microphone, from the microphone of Republicans in Congress?

A: These are individuals who are formally elected officials, some who’ve not been in office. They have a right to a voice and a part of the debate.

Q: Do you think it’s beneficial that Republicans are using terms like “racist” or “reverse racist” for the Supreme Court nominee? Doesn’t that hurt your party?

A: Listen, I don’t use those terms and I don’t think that they should be used. I think the proper focus on [Sonia] Sotomayor is her opinions rendered from the bench.

Q: You said earlier this year that Republicans can win back the House in 2010. Do you still believe there’s a chance?

A: I think that we’ve got a shot of taking back this House this time and I think that prospect is largely based on the American people’s desire for a check and balance of power here in Washington. When you’ve got a situation where there’s an unfettered ability to run the table, and the direction in which they’re heading is far outside the mainstream, I think that that creates an environment for Republican takeover in the House.

Q: But if you look at the president’s poll numbers, the Republican loss in the 20th district in New York earlier this year, Sen. [Arlen] Specter (D-Pa.) leaving the party, how can you make that argument?

A: In 1994 we picked up 50 seats; we need 40 seats [in 2010]. It is my sense that the popularity of the president won’t necessarily translate into success … in congressional seats. It is much more what this Congress has done, what it can show it has done.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: 111th; cantor; cia; eit; eti; hoyer; pelosi; torture

1 posted on 06/08/2009 5:48:46 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Look the CIA lied so how can America trust that agency any longer. The Speaker should put forth legislation to shut the agency down. Unless of course she meant the CIA only lies when the President is a Republican! Is that it?


2 posted on 06/08/2009 5:51:53 PM PDT by Typical_Whitey (Hey Obama how many Freedoms have you taken away from Americans today?)
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To: Typical_Whitey

I guess we’ll never known, she’s refused to talk further about it. Sheesh!


3 posted on 06/08/2009 5:54:35 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
WOW....A pubbie with a set.....maybe he could start to teach some others to grow a pair.
4 posted on 06/08/2009 5:57:06 PM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: rightwingextremist1776

Yeah, hopefully it’ll rub off.


5 posted on 06/08/2009 5:58:23 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Being that Cantor is Jewish, it should be made known that Pelosi is anti semitic. She HATES JEWS!


6 posted on 06/08/2009 5:59:12 PM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Hope and Change. Rhetoric embraced by the Insane - Obama, The Chump in Charge)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

Maybe that’s part of it, didn’t know that.


7 posted on 06/08/2009 6:02:01 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

only Jewish Republican in congress, I believe.


8 posted on 06/08/2009 6:04:32 PM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Hope and Change. Rhetoric embraced by the Insane - Obama, The Chump in Charge)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

Nazi Pelousy is an ANTI SEMITE!!!!!


9 posted on 06/08/2009 6:05:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: jazusamo

BUMP


10 posted on 06/08/2009 6:06:08 PM PDT by kitkat
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To: jazusamo

btw, I hope the CIA, NSA, FBI, and anyone else who can is gathering info on Pelosi to use against her. These demoncrats running DC are flushing this country down the toilet. The Pubes better grow a pair and make a very good case while the dems, the party who is selling out american, needs to be voted out of office.


11 posted on 06/08/2009 6:06:45 PM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Hope and Change. Rhetoric embraced by the Insane - Obama, The Chump in Charge)
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To: jazusamo

I think Eric can do better.
12 posted on 06/08/2009 6:09:06 PM PDT by Maelstorm (There is nothing more pathetic than a Bureaucrat with no one who needs them.)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL; cripplecreek

I didn’t know Pelosi was an anti semite but it doesn’t surprise me.

The article says he is the only Jewish Repub in Congress.


13 posted on 06/08/2009 6:10:08 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Wonder why he is surprised?


14 posted on 06/08/2009 6:10:58 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: jazusamo

Can’tor is a weak and whiny RINO.
I lost all faith in GOP House leadership.

It’s time to replace Boner and Can’tor with Pence and McClintock.


15 posted on 06/08/2009 6:11:33 PM PDT by counterpunch (In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.)
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To: jazusamo

lol, I am not saying that she is but that she should be claimed that that is the reason why she won’t meet with Cantor. Can also add why Pelosi has also been dissing Jane Harmon, who is also Jewish (but a dem). Paint Pelosi in a negative light regardless if it’s true or not. THAT’S POLITICS FOLKS!


16 posted on 06/08/2009 6:11:53 PM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Hope and Change. Rhetoric embraced by the Insane - Obama, The Chump in Charge)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

It must be true cuz she hates Harmon too. :)


17 posted on 06/08/2009 6:13:24 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

One thing is sure. She should not be able to simply refuse to deal with something and have it go away.


18 posted on 06/08/2009 6:14:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: cripplecreek

it’s up to republicans to vocalize this snub and continue to cast Pelosi in a bad light. Unfortunately Repubs have no idea how to do this and have no one sympathetic to them in the main stream media unless Fox jumps in.


19 posted on 06/08/2009 6:22:17 PM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Hope and Change. Rhetoric embraced by the Insane - Obama, The Chump in Charge)
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To: jazusamo
Few, if any, political analysts believe that Republicans will retake the House next year.

It's a little early to be making those kind of broad generalizations. Zero is pushing his policies and agendas at a very fast pace. This same fast pace could cause the worm to turn even faster.

20 posted on 06/08/2009 6:24:59 PM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

The only reason she’s chosen the “I’m not talking about it” route is because she knows she has a friendly media on her side. The fact that it obviously rattles her is plenty of reason to keep pressing.


21 posted on 06/08/2009 6:25:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: 2111USMC

You’re right, it is too early to be throwing that out. I’d bet there are a lot of people not pleased with Zer0’s performance that voted for him, picking up forty seats just may be doable.


22 posted on 06/08/2009 6:30:37 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: cripplecreek

Keep pressing and expect leaks through out the summer from an angry CIA .


23 posted on 06/08/2009 6:33:34 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Hey hey! Ho ho! Where's your Birth Certificate/ We've a right to know!)
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To: counterpunch

I thought he was good for a while but he has become a RINO. Make Rep. Michelle Bachmann Repub house leader.


24 posted on 06/08/2009 6:35:42 PM PDT by Frantzie
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To: hoosiermama
Keep pressing and expect leaks through out the summer from an angry CIA .

Just do it! Watch her putrify as the heats goes up.

25 posted on 06/08/2009 6:40:39 PM PDT by stboz
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To: Frantzie

Cantor is a 100% RINO....Perhaps he wants to meet to pull a Specter


26 posted on 06/08/2009 6:40:49 PM PDT by GreaterSwiss
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

Wow, Cantor just won this season’s “Biggest Loser” contest.


27 posted on 06/08/2009 6:45:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Frantzie

Michelle the Moron as House Leader?

HA HA HA HA

She’s a gaffe maker that makes the Repubs look uneducated. I don’t care that she’s a social con either....


28 posted on 06/08/2009 6:45:25 PM PDT by misterrob (A society that burdens future generations with debt can not be considered moral or just)
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To: stboz

Just IMO, The powers that be knows that must remove her from position as third in line. They are using selected RINOs to get the job done.


29 posted on 06/08/2009 6:45:52 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Hey hey! Ho ho! Where's your Birth Certificate/ We've a right to know!)
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To: demoskowitz

Really? He delivered a major FUBO on the Porkulus package. Who else has accomplished anything on the Repub side lately?

Instead of tearing down anyone and everyone maybe people should be looking to work together to stop the socialism in this country.


30 posted on 06/08/2009 6:47:45 PM PDT by misterrob (A society that burdens future generations with debt can not be considered moral or just)
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To: hoosiermama

“Just as long as she’s gone” doesn’t get it. She and her minions all need to be run out of town on a rail.


31 posted on 06/08/2009 6:51:18 PM PDT by stboz
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To: jazusamo
Q: Is the Earth warming or cooling? Is the problem man-made?

A: Well, I think that everybody — well, I don’t know if everybody, but most people have sort of come to the point at which the fact of carbon emissions is not something that is a good thing, necessarily, in excess. So I think we can all agree on that principle, and so … we all agree that we need to basically clean up our mess.

"Well... I don't know... sort of... not something... necessarily... we can all agree... basically..."

Wow. That's a lot of qualifiers in two short sentences.

32 posted on 06/08/2009 8:11:42 PM PDT by drubyfive
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To: jazusamo

What killed me was that OBAMA, in a national radio news broadcast during the financial panic last fall was asked if he supported the bailout (”Yes”) and if he would be reaching across the aisle to convince Republicans to vote for it.

“I’m not good at that,” he said.

That McCain and Schmidt the Dummy didn’t jump on that is almost criminal.


33 posted on 06/08/2009 8:22:47 PM PDT by cookcounty (He who controls the Language controls the Debate.)
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To: cripplecreek

that’s a bit of an overstatement, don’t ya think?


34 posted on 06/08/2009 8:40:32 PM PDT by libparamedic
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To: jazusamo

She’s not going to meet with you.

She’s a San Francisco liberal - she is as mean and close minded as they come.


35 posted on 06/08/2009 8:55:33 PM PDT by Tzimisce (Socialism is the worst kind of Pollution.)
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To: jazusamo
After his colleagues in leadership called the AIG bonus bill “a sham,” Cantor unexpectedly voted to back the legislation.

That was the test. Who flunked? Fine as a congressmen, even a whip for the Republicans. Leader? Not when he can't stand up to the Manhattan downtown-banker-midtown-media complex pressing to get out of bad bets.
36 posted on 06/08/2009 9:22:35 PM PDT by sefarkas (Why vote Democrat Lite?)
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To: jazusamo

Boo freakin hoo. Cantor voted for the bailout. He is irrelevant.


37 posted on 06/09/2009 3:54:18 AM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: libparamedic
that’s a bit of an overstatement, don’t ya think?

Not by democrat standards it isn't.
38 posted on 06/09/2009 3:54:52 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Frantzie

“Make Rep. Michelle Bachmann Repub house leader.”

Dittos on that idea. We need a street fighter CONSERVATIVE...not a policy wonk who is just going to tinker around the edges of leftist legislation.


39 posted on 06/09/2009 6:12:42 AM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: jazusamo

You can run, but you can’t hide b1tch.


40 posted on 06/09/2009 8:32:38 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (The great object is that every man be armed. - Patrick Henry)
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To: jazusamo

I have a plan for you Cantor, have a nice spanish person pretend to be a peep of Castro. Set up a meeting with her, I am sure she will be honored. Then you walk in the door....voila, instant meeting. /s


41 posted on 06/09/2009 8:35:27 AM PDT by dforest (Anyone dumb enough to have voted for him deserves what they get.. No Pity!)
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To: jazusamo

Why would he want to waste his time meeting with Pelosi? He couldn’t believe anything she might say. Maybe he is naive. Apparently, that has been true of VA Republicans for some time, as they continue to take election losses.


42 posted on 06/09/2009 8:37:35 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: penelopesire

I am very surprise tht MN Republicans allow Representative.r Bachmann to remain in office. She must frighten the skins off their bodies there.


43 posted on 06/09/2009 8:38:58 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: demoskowitz

Cantor’s voting record is OK, but he lacks the fire in the belly to rebel. He may just want to “get along” in the Rodney King CA fashion.


44 posted on 06/09/2009 8:40:23 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: counterpunch

Pence is also known to long for Democrat “praise”, isn’t he?


45 posted on 06/09/2009 8:41:22 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

Not true. Stick to the facts to bring her down, not emotion!!


46 posted on 06/09/2009 1:11:38 PM PDT by Napoleon Solo
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