Leader Cantor Discusses Libya and the Need to Cut Spending On CNN's Situation Room

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)
CNN's Situation Room
March 2, 2011

On The Situation In Libya: All of us are very concerned about what we see unfolding in Libya. Moammar Gadhafi is someone who has demonstrated an unbelievable disregard for innocent life, something that strikes at the core of who we are as Americans, we don't tolerate such behavior. I think it's very important for us to make our position known the way the White House has, the way that Senator Kerry and Secretary Clinton have, in terms of making sure Mr. Gadhafi is gone. But it is also very important for us to know what the opposition movement in Libya needs in terms of trying to restore some order so that we can see a return to some type of norm so that perhaps we can grow the freedom and democracy that seems to be sprouting throughout the Middle East.

On Republicans Taking Action, While Democrats Talk About Talking: Meetings are great and talk is great, but we need to see action. 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.

On Republicans Leading: We are talking about leading, and we believe that the American people want some real leadership. They want some honest discussion about the problems facing America and want to see actions to counter those problems. That’s what we believe we are doing.

Watch Leader Cantor's Entire Interview HERE





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