GOP Whip Eric Cantor: It's 'good old fashion fiscal discipline' versus 'statist' Democrats

08/07/2010 10:48 AM

Rand Paul and wife Kelley talk with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the House Republican whip from Virginia at the Graves County GOP breakfast Aug. 7, 2010.

MAYFIELD — U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican Whip from Virginia’s 7th District,  told more than 300 Kentucky Republicans that the 2010 Elections offer a watershed moment for people to choose between controlling or expanding Washington’s reach.

“November 2010 is more than just an election about parties,” Cantor said. “It is a referendum on who we are as a country. It is not an understatement to say that voters will go to the polls to determine what kind of country it will be.”

Cantor was making his first trip to Western Kentucky to speak at the Graves County Republican Party breakfast before the Fancy Farm Picnic. And he spoke of Kentucky’s role as a bellwether – both on Election Night as a state with early returns and with an early kick-off to the fall campaign with the Fancy Farm Picnic.

“This morning marks the first milestone, if you will, of the beginning of the campaign in earnest to take back our country,” he said, sparking applause.

Cantor adopted the national GOP strategy of railing against the national Democratic leaders: President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He said they seek to “impose their statist views on the rest of us.”

“President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi just don’t share our belief. They focus on growing government. We believe in growing the private sector,” Cantor said. “They believe that free enterprise is inherently unfair.”

But he added that Republicans need to articulate “more than just being a check on this one party, unfettered power.”

“Voters are looking for specifics,” he said. “We’ve got to be clear. When it comes to spending, we have got to instill … a dose of good old fashion fiscal discipline.”

- Ryan Alessi


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