“60 Minutes” Grills Eric Cantor on Why He’s Republican in Sunday Night Hit Piece (Video) …Update: Washington Monthly Continues to Misrepresent Reagan

“60 Minutes” grilled Majority Leader Eric Cantor on why he is Republican.
“You’ve taken a lot of criticism from American Jews for being a Republican… They’re very critical of you.”

Maybe because democratic policies are bankrupting the country?… Maybe because 50% of Democrats oppose Israel.

How dare he stray off the plantation.

Lesley Stahl profiles House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. In this wide-ranging interview, Cantor describes his childhood in Virginia, his identity as a Jewish Republican, and his current reputation as a legislative “Dr. No.” Despite mounting public frustration with partisan bickering in Congress, Cantor says he is willing to “cooperate” with Democrats, but not “compromise” his principles…

President Obama has made Eric Cantor the face of what he sees as Republican inflexibility. Cantor has fought the president’s policies at every turn, including using his authority as majority leader to prevent a vote on the president’s jobs bill.

[Obama: I’d like Mr Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what exactly in this jobs bill does he not believe in?]

Cantor would say what he doesn’t believe in is spending government money to create jobs, but the president’s keying on him has taken its toll. He’s been picketed and heckled.

He has fallen in the polls and so has his party…

… Given his upbringing and his marriage, Cantor says he’s nothing like the intractable obstructionist the Democrats say he is.

Cantor: Nobody gets everything they want. And so–

Stahl: That’s just exactly your image: that you want only what you want

He’s worried about the Republican’s hardline image and also his own which is why he invited us home to see the other side of Eric Cantor.

Cantor: So we’re countin’ on you to help us get the reality out to address that.

…As the only Jewish Republican in Congress, he says if ever there was anyone who knows how to go along to get along it’s Eric Cantor: a guy who grew up in the heavily Christian South.

Cantor: I’m sure there were times at which I was very aware of not being like others.

At home in Richmond, Virginia, he kept kosher and studied Hebrew; but at his elite private school, as one of only a handful of Jewish students, he just tried to blend in.

Stahl: But you know, your idol, as I’ve read anyway, was Ronald Reagan. And he compromised.

Cantor: He never compromised his principles.

Stahl: Well, he raised taxes and it was one of his principles not to raise taxes.

Cantor: Well, he– he also cut taxes.

Stahl: But he did compromise–

Cantor: Well I —

[Press Secretary: That just isn’t true. And I don’t want to let that stand.]

And at that point, Cantor’s press secretary interrupted, yelling from off camera that what I was saying wasn’t true.

Stahl, was not being honest. When Ronald Reagan took office, the top individual tax rate was 70 percent and by 1986 it was down to only 28 percent. All Americans received at least a 30 percent tax rate cut. Democrats like to play with the numbers to pretend that Reagans tax increases equalled his tax cuts. Of course, this is absurd.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly continued to misrepresent Reagan’s record on tax cuts. It’s just soooo difficult for liberals to understand that tax cuts work. Sad.

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  • Freddy

    How far from the truth does a biased media propagandist need to get before they are called liars to their faces? Looks like at least one person working for Cantor has had enough of the lies.

    While it is difficult for the politician to call out a liar without getting personal, it would seem that Cantor’s assistant was perfectly placed to take on the propagandist. There is a lesson in this for many members of congress.

  • kid blue

    What does Cantor expect, he went on a Democratic Network with a Democratic reporter. I think we need to start labeling the media as such. Ie 60 Democratic Minutes, Leslie Stahl Democrat, CBSD (CBS Democrat). If the media chooses to be partisan then let them proudly wear the label

  • Robert

    She and her ilk wouldn’t dare press a Democrat like that, if they had Obama wouldn’t have been elected.

    Their support for Obama this year will be worth over a $Billion to his campaign.

    Maybe they should ask Harry Reid what principle causes him to refuse to even propose a budget.

  • silent_rage

    I actually had to google Lesley Stahl. I didn’t know who she was. Or even if she was a woman.

  • http://www.theodoresworld.net/ Wild Thing

    Lesley Stahl is horrible and she is just like 90% of the rest of the media. LOWLIFES!
    Your right she DID lie as well.

    I would love to have asked Lesley Stahl up close and personal….so Lesley tell me ONE time you and the rest of your vile media ever grill Obama. NEVER not even once. No vetting, no grilling nothing but worship of the worst President has ever had in the history of the USA.

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  • http://kirbside.blogspot.com/ KirbsideX

    We need to learn to stop trying to get the left to understand us, and see out point of view, they have no desire to so so. Cantor did himself a disservice going on here… by doing so he gave her her platform to demonize the terrible republicans without a rebuttal. She interviews him., them adds her bias all around it.

    We need to learn to just be who we are, and do the job that has been given us, and hope that they learn by our example, but dont do into their den and expect a fair shake.

  • Shaun

    If that was you, Brad, well done!
    SGG VA-7

  • Molon Labe

    Jews are disappointed in Cantor? Didn’t they support Obama? Some people never learn.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    What does Cantor expect, he went on a Democratic Network with a Democratic reporter.

    All the more reason for any conservative candidate for office, or any candidate for office that considers themselves a conservative, to prepare in advance in the event they expect to find themselves in a similar situation, to fight back with both barrels blazing if necessary, so as not to let the so-called “journalist” make them look like fools.

  • Island Girl

    Eric is good looking.


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  • Mablanco

    That was a hit piece. She has never interviewed a Democrat in such an aggressive matter.

  • rcl

    60 Minutes is what it is. The problem here is Cantor is a typical Republican wimp. He’s never held a job outside Washington. He’s an intern who went directly into office. A total incompetent, uninformed tool of the Party.

    Like the rest of the GOP leaders he’s useless in a crisis. He has no philosophic principles so he can’t think on his feet. What real conservative would be so helpless defending Ronald Reagan.

    The GOP is a collection of pathetic chumps.

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  • Zim

    Is it just ego that makes republicans go on these shows? Just say no. Does Obama go on Sean Hannity’s show? Mark Levin’s show? Of course not. Wish the republicans would just tell them to stick it


    Cantor is ibviously a brave soul, willing to buck the typical Jewish position and think for himself and hold to his beliefs. Funny how so many of these GOP wives don’t agree with their conservative husbands like Mrs. Bush and Mrs. McCain too. Eric is obviously a real man and the GOP is tired of wipsock politicians like weeping Boehner and want a real man as Speaker like Nancy Pelosi is. Pelosi always got her way, but the lamestream liberal media never treated her like she had leuprosy. If Cantor was speaking we would be standing up to the Democrats instead of backing down and caving at every turn.

  • Marsh626

    I reject the notion that the government should help immigrants.

    If you aren’t capable of fending for yourself and you need government handouts to get by, then you shouldn’t have been allowed to immigrate here.

    My ancestors who immigrated here didn’t expect help from the government. All they expected was the government to respect the basic human rights layed out in the U.S. Constitution and to protect this nation and its interests from foreign threats.

    They also changed their names to sound more American, learned English before they came here, refused to speak their native language around their neigbors, flew an American flag in front of their home, served in the military and taught their kids to be 100% loyal to this nation.

    The chutzpah of recent immigrants to this country demanding government handouts and for us to adopt their culture is simply outrageous.

  • saveus

    Congrats to Cantor for standing up to the attacks and standing up to obummer.

  • wanumba

    It’s so easy. Look her in the eye and state, “I’m a Republican because Democrats owned and promoted slavery of black Africans.”

    Add anything after that … “… and as a Jew, we have a historical sympathy and empathy with peoples in slavery.”

    Hullo, .”..hullo Ms. Stahl … but doesn’t the Left teach that if our Founding Fathers owned slaves that discredits everything they say on the grounds of hypocrisy?So… If anyone affiliates with the Democrats, doesn’t that mean they are complicit in approving slavery and civil rights disenfranchisement of citizens?”

    and of course, “… as a Jew, we have a historical sympathy and empathy with peoples held down in second-class status.”

    Then the “come and get me” stare.

    The sound will have been turned off by then, but any Repub who goes to a filmed interview better be running his or her own concurrent video for protection/verification purposes. The MSM keeps these things as their property, so make sure Repubs have their own video. No excuses now for not being pro-active on self-defense.