Rep. Cantor on looming sequestration cuts, GOP message
House majority leader speaks out
- Duration 6:17
- Date Feb 5, 2013
House majority leader speaks out
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Big stories today drones killing Americans in the justification for defense sequester cuts and immigration.
Let's get reaction to all of that and talk about the effort to re -- the Republican Party.
Here with us tonight -- the house majority leader American machine you're good to see it's I think I'm being with -- you'd be here let me ask you first of all about the offer that the president put on the table to -- -- -- -- -- Down the road again in exchange for some small spending cuts more revenue increases is that something that you could sign on to.
-- -- not it you know -- just more of the same.
You know we've got a real problem in this country we know.
We're spending much for money then we have and continue to retrieve plus dollars a year.
And it's just got to stop and it's got to stop because you know it doesn't help people for us to keep doing that.
And -- we're gonna face you know our -- crisis we're gonna -- higher taxes.
People -- I have to be paying higher interest on the mortgages.
These kinds of things of that there are gonna happen if you -- -- keep kicking camp which is why we asked the president please come and help us solve this problem.
So when when the sequestered deadline hits at the beginning of march would you favor.
Letting that deadline go through and all of -- cuts.
We've asked the president repeatedly.
To join us in replacing in this sequestered cuts.
With cuts that make sense.
With cuts that actually go towards managing down.
That debt long term.
And to this time -- get to this point he's not taking -- seriously.
And also -- many of your colleagues are saying okay -- that there's no deal.
Let those cuts go through that's the only word and to get -- across serious about the sequester is here and so it's up to the president come forward serious proposals not something like you did today which is another kick the can down the road.
That's that is not responsible and I think the presence -- he wants more revenues as we said.
We have given more money are against how does that -- to be absolutely not you already have 650 billion dollars in new tax revenues have already repaid.
The president wants continue down the path of of insinuating that somehow taxpayers you've got -- -- -- money hand when the problem is spending.
The problem is spending here we've got to get a handle on it and that's why we're asked in this present we want to work with you but leads.
Help us and join us and leading this country out of this deficit spending that's.
The president's tone today dour somewhat threatening in terms of what might lie ahead you on the other hand struck a positive turn today speech at the American enterprise institute and a -- many people -- -- Rebrand the Republican Party.
By eliminating your policies under sort of framework of how to help American -- as the title of it was making life work.
What are you doing differently than the GOP has ever done before is it just the way you're talking well we we are really putting.
On display in demonstrating.
Why are conservative.
Policies of self reliance of faith in the individual accountability in government.
Why did they are good policies good principles to help people.
I talked a lot today about education about empowering parents to make choices so we -- -- Kids who were potentially gonna lose from these non performing schools.
You know I talked about how we've got working families struggling to get through the month how to we help them what we do is we -- are growing -- economy.
We helped them by giving them the tools to go about their daily life to manage their affairs to -- reduce health care costs.
Two to remove some of -- costly tax is coming from obamacare on health care.
There are a lot of things that we can do to help families and that's what I talked about today is really making life work again for so many millions of Americans.
Who needs relief.
Hear you talk to many Republicans they say the party has a serious messaging problem that.
You your ideas may be right for some Americans but you just can't get that message -- let's listen to a Bobby Jindal said -- reflect back on the 25 the junior.
We've got to stop being the stupid party.
There's this -- -- Republican Party that talks like adults.
There's so many Republicans say you're getting stuff to -- now beyond messaging from the president and Democrats is this designed to change all of us.
You know what what I think is we can learn a lot from last election.
You know -- and you know last election we.
Really spoke a lot about -- macro fiscal situation in this country which is not good for people.
But it's almost as if we didn't complete the sentence we've got to demonstrate why we're doing explain why are we doing what we're doing.
We want fiscal discipline balanced budget because it's going to be good for working families is going to be good to grow this economy.
In the same way.
My talk today today -- Was about how we're -- -- go care for people why -- policies.
Having do with innovation health care education how that makes sense for the working moms and dads and their children so we can get back -- -- It's a better future when you look at demographic shifts in this country mr.
-- -- really running against the Republican Party which is one reason why Marco Rubio is out there talking about immigration at every opportunity would you sign on in the house.
To the gang of its immigration plan are you for a path to citizenship for people -- in this country like.
You know what I said today is first of all we have with us today I'm a graduate student at George Washington University.
He's an engineering school there and our visa laws are so antiquated.
They're here we are going about investing in and her education she's extremely store -- -- -- -- from China.
She can't even stay here after her degree is done understood -- for -- the eleven million people in this country illegally would you join Marco Rubio and I thought for a path to citizenship when I talked about today is the fact.
You know we've we have got to go and deal with this issue.
And I said that the best place to start is with children.
And we have a history in this country -- not holding children accountable for the deeds of their parents.
And we've got children who have been brought here.
Due to no fault of their own and no no other place and home.
I support giving those children presents a permanent residency and citizenship.
leader we have to leave it there but thanks so much for joining us that they really appreciate your time and we'll see were the true branding -- -- John thanks.