Cantor Rejects Rush Limbaugh Rhetoric

By Jennifer Parker

Mar 1, 2009 10:39am

During our exclusive interview on "This Week," Republican Whip Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.,  rejected comments made by Rush Limbaugh at the CPAC conference.

Defending his attacks against President Barack Obama’s economic plans, Limbaugh said Saturday to the conservative conference, "What is so strange about being honest and saying I want Barack Obama to fail if his mission is to restructure and reform this country so that capitalism and individual liberty are not its foundations?"

Cantor today rejected Limbaugh’s rhetoric.

"So the Rush Limbaugh approach of hoping the president fails is not the Eric Cantor, House Republican approach?" I asked.

"Absolutely not," Cantor said. "And I don’t — I don’t think anyone wants anything to fail right now. We have such challenges. What we need to do is we need to put forth solutions to the problems that real families are facing today."

Cantor said the Republican Party must change to be more inclusive.

"There is no question the Republican Party has to return to be one of inclusion, not exclusion," Cantor said when I asked him if he was willing to move the party to the middle on issues like the environment and gay rights.

"We are a party with many ideas. And we have in that a commitment to make sure that we have positive alternatives, if we don’t agree with this administration," Cantor said. 

"Let’s come up with solutions that actually produce results for a change, instead of making matters worse, which Washington is famous for." 

–George Stephanopoulos

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