House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated by the tea party’s David Brat in a Virginia primary yesterday, and reports today indicate that the second-most powerful man in the House will step down. Here are some notable Cantor quotes from the past few years:
Via Politifact in October 2010:
"What you've seen (in Washington) is a crowd that has taken advantage of a crisis back in late '08, early '09 and spent more money than this country has spent in the last 200 years combined, in the two years since."
Via Fox News in October 2010:
"Whether it's people walking off 'The View' when Bill O'Reilly makes a statement about radical Islam or Juan Williams being fired for expressing his opinion, over-reaching political correctness is chipping away at the fundamental American freedoms of speech and expression"
Via The Wall Street Journal in October 2010:
"Look, we know we screwed up when we were in the majority. We fell in love with power. We spent way too much money - especially on earmarks. There was too much corruption when we ran this place. We were guilty. And that's why we lost."
Via The Washington Post in Novemeber 2010:
"I am not for raising taxes in a recession, especially when it comes to the job creators that we need so desperately to start creating jobs again. I am not for sending any signal to small businesses in this country that they're going to have their tax rates go up."
Via Politico in January 2010:
"The Republicans have put together serious detailed counter-proposals when we have objected to this administration's agenda. And so, I want to tell the President and remind him again, we're not voting no for political expediency. We've got our principles, and we're going to stand up and defend those."
Via Fox News in October 2010:
"And basically, the sense of the 'Pledge to America' is this. Republicans understand when we were in charge, we got fired in '06. We spent too much money. We defied the trust that the people had put in us. And we know that there is a better way."
Via MSNBC in June 2009:
"We are not, I think, very supportive of a continued increase in government spending and that's exactly what the President announced yesterday. Is that somehow magically, if we just continue to prime the pump of taxpayer dollars we're going to see magically an economic recovery. We know what a recovery means and that is growth in jobs and that means private sector needs to grow."
Via Politifact in February 2013:"Over the last 20 years, the world has changed. It used to be that one could make a career out of working for one company. Today, the average worker stays at his or her job for barely four years."
Via Politico in January 2010:"But, as we've seen over the last several months, the people in this country are very dissatisfied with the direction that this administration is taking this country. And what we heard last night was absolutely the ignoring of that fact. It was: We're going to continue with this agenda. In fact, we're going to double down on healthcare."
Via CNN in March 2011:"The American people elected us to cut spending so we can create an environment for jobs in America. The House has acted. We have demonstrated that we want to see discretionary spending brought down to levels of 2008. We've seen no counteraction, we've seen no position that has been expressed by the other side at all. The President has not laid out what his vision is, and frankly Harry Reid and the Democrats in the Senate have not for once even posited what their position is. The American people expect us to do what they are doing, its tightening the belt, its learning how to do more with less. That's a reality today, and we've got to do that in order to get the private sector growing."
Via Fox News in October 2010:"We as Republicans understand that we have got to protect these...entitlement programs -- these entitlement programs for our seniors today. And we have to sit down and have a discussion. We need more ideas on the table."