Unless she can present evidence to back it up, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s allegation that the CIA routinely lies to Congress is outrageous, says Rep. Eric Cantor, the House Republican whip, in a Newsmax interview.
“If you have the speaker of the House of Representatives, who is second in line to the president and the vice president, making allegations that she has made, it just presents a serious question,” the Virginia Republican says.
Cantor says there is a need to determine the truth about Pelosi’s claim.
“To say categorically that the CIA misrepresents itself and lies to Congress, that is so outrageous — but if it’s true we need to know it,” Cantor says. “I cannot imagine that it helps at all, when you’ve got members of our intelligence community risking their lives every single day for us. In addition to that, swift action is called for because her statement sends a terrible message to our enemies, not to mention our friends.”
The same lack of regard for national security is evident with President Obama’s effort to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay and transfer prisoners to the U.S., Cantor says.
“I know in my own state of Virginia we’ve got some very, very nervous people living around and in the communities surrounding Norfolk naval base and Quantico,” Cantor says. “And the fact that those two locations are on a list for potential transfer of the detainees, that again says, Look, what are you thinking as far as security of the people of this country? Obviously there’s been a lot of action on this issue lately, and I’m hoping that we can get unanimous participation by the Virginia delegation and the governor, to make sure that Virginia’s off the list, that the terrorists don’t come to Virginia.”
Cantor is equally worried about Obama’s economic policies and how they affect small businesses and working families.
“Small businesses are the job generators in this country,” he says. “They’re creating over 70 percent of the jobs. If we want to get this economy back on track, we ought not to be creating more problems for working families. We ought not to be imposing more costs on small businesses like raising taxes.
"We ought not be passing any kind of cap-and-trade scheme that imposes upwards of a couple thousand dollars a year on the average family of four. We ought to be looking towards what has made this prosperity in this country, which is entrepreneurship, innovation, and the ability for people to have some confidence in their markets and in building communities.”
Instead, Cantor says, “What we’re seeing is an absolute lurch in the other direction, which calls for more government spending, which calls for incurring more debt than we’ve seen ever before.”
Obama’s left-leaning policies give Republicans an opportunity, Cantor notes.
“There is very much a desire in this country for us to start focusing again on growth, start focusing on opportunity, and start focusing on creating wealth, rather than trying to crank up government spending, which at best redistributes wealth,” Cantor says.
Asked how the GOP can win back Hispanics, Cantor says, “Hispanic voters are no different than anyone else. They care about healthcare, they’re worried about losing their jobs, they want a bigger paycheck. They’re worried about making their own choices for the quality of life they want, and they don’t want government in, making choices and pretending to solve all the problems while they’re creating 10 more. So it’s a matter of making sure that we as a party go out and begin to engage in discussions with voters, with people of like mind.”
Looking to the 2010 election, Cantor says, “We have a great shot at capturing the momentum here for a desire for a check and a balance. It is unfettered power that is very much Washington-centric, and I don’t think families across the country agree with the solutions being pursued.”
While Obama has “tremendous popularity,” Cantor observes, “You don’t see his policies having the same type of popularity. And as we continue on this path that they have us on, I think you will see more buyer’s remorse. You will see a desire for this country to see an opposition stand up and act as a check.”
Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via
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