Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cantor: Democrats 'didn't get the message'
from voters if Pelosi stays leader

From FoxNews on Nov. 7:
House Democrats "didn't get the message" from last Tuesday's election if they re-elect Nancy Pelosi as Democratic Party leader next year, the expected No. 2 Republican in the House said Sunday.

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., told "Fox News Sunday" that Pelosi's decision to run as the party's No. 1 suggests Democrats aren't listening to voters who rejected the Obama administration's agenda.

"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 the voters this election. I mean, the voters outright rejected the agenda that she's been about," he said. "I mean this is the woman who really, I think, puts ideology first, and there have been no results for the American people. And that seems the direction they want to take again. It just doesn't make sense."

Cantor argued that Pelosi has refused to meet with House Republicans for nearly four years, even though Americans have been making clear that they are not in accord with the Democratic agenda.

"I don't think there's any question that this says to the voters, 'We're not listening to you. We think we're right. We're going to continue the same path,'" Cantor said.

Cantor, who will be among the guests to attend a White House meeting later this month of President Obama and incoming congressional leaders, said that the president's agenda is "anathema" to most Americans.

"It hasn't produced results," he said, suggesting that he plans to go into the White House meeting offering to work on mutual solutions, but unwilling to continue on the path the administration is headed.


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