Feb 10, 2013
FACT CHECK: Eric Cantor Fails to Convince Anyone of Republican Party’s Makeover
On NBC’s Meet the Press this morning, Republican Leader Eric Cantor continued his failed media blitz to rebrand the Tea Party House Republicans, falsely claiming that he opposes the sequester and supports immigration reform.
In reality, Cantor can’t put a new face on the Tea Party Republican Congress because they support the same failed ideas that they have been pushing for years. On the impending sequester, Cantor reversed course and claimed he didn’t support the sequester – even though he has refused to pass a plan this Congress to halt the sequester and he voted for the measure that created sequester in 2011. On immigration, Cantor falsely claimed to want action and have compassion, but he voted against the DREAM Act.
CANTOR SAID: “You know, clearly this is not, David, the best way to go about trying to control spending… We can do a lot better.”
- In 2011, Cantor voted for the Budget Control Act which established the sequester. [S 365, Vote #690, 8/01/11]
- Politifact ruled that Cantor has done a “full flop” on the sequester after his previous support. [Politifact, 10/8/12]
CANTOR SAID: “We want to make sure that we're compassionate and sensitive to their plight… but the best place to begin, I think, is with the children.”
- In 2010, Cantor voted against the DREAM Act. [HR 5281, Vote #625, 12/08/10]