On camera: Eric Cantor talks to cn|2 about the fall elections, GOP's plans

08/08/2010 07:45 AM

MAYFIELD — Virginia U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, who serves as House Republican whip, on Saturday became one of the few national figures to come to Kentucky to partake of the Fancy Farm-related events.

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, a Hopkinsville Republican who represents Western Kentucky, invited Cantor to be the keynote speaker at the Graves County Republican Party Breakfast the morning of the Fancy Farm Picnic. He delivered a speech to about 300 Republicans Saturday morning in which he laid out what he sees as the sharpest contrasts between the Republican and Democratic agendas.

Cantor stayed on message with other Republican leaders, such as U.S. Sen Mitch McConnell, who is Kentucky’s senior senator and the Republican leader of the Senate.

He spoke of the need to extend the tax cuts passed during George W. Bush’s time in the White House. Those cuts reduced income tax rates on wealthy and middle class Americans, eliminated the estate tax and lowered capital gains rates. But those provisions are set to expire in December, which has set up a congressional battle leading up to the November election as some Democrats have argued that extending the cuts would add to the deficit. Republicans, including Cantor, say it would be a mistake to allow those tax rates to rise amid a recession.

Cantor left immediately after speaking. But cn|2 Politics had caught up with him on his way into the breakfast about his visit to Kentucky, the tea party movement, Republicans’ platform and that debate over the tax cuts:

- Ryan Alessi with video produced by Chris Bratton

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