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November 12th, 2009
08:47 AM ET

Cantor's colleagues believe he has sights set higher than Congress

By Brianna Keilar, CNN Congressional Correspondent

Washington (CNN) – As Republicans swept the top three offices in Democratic-leaning Virginia last week, Rep. Eric Cantor was in Richmond, shaking hands with supporters and rallying GOP troops as he proclaimed, "The Republican resurgence begins tonight."

He was also taking notes.

In an election that Republicans claim is an indicator that the American electorate is unnerved with the sweeping changes President Obama and congressional Democrats are making in Washington, the GOP sees an opportunity in the 2010 congressional midterm elections, where one in three Senate seats and every seat in the House of Representatives will be on the ballot.

"We're going to take the model that worked in Virginia, so we can unite our party and begin to appeal to independents with solutions that affect our lives," Cantor told reporters in a Richmond ballroom shortly before Bob McDonnell was projected to be the state's next governor.

Jumping from one interview with a television reporter to the next, Cantor showed why as the No. 2 House Republican he is his party's most visible congressman. Cantor, a lawyer, is nearing his tenth year in Washington, almost 18 years after he left his family's real estate business to enter politics as a Virginia state legislator.

Now the House minority whip, Cantor is tasked with keeping his party together on votes, a job often described - on both sides of the aisle - as herding cats.

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Filed under: GOP: The Next Chapter
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  1. Mike

    Where were these people saying the country is going bankupt when Bush was in power. He and the Conservative/Republicans are the reason we in this mess.They spend and got us fighting two wars with no exit plan. And were is Bin liden and the WMD'S, so I'm glad we have a smart President and he thinks before he acts. This is Bush:You leave with the country in debt,"SO WHAT" REMEMBER THAT.

    November 13, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  2. hongli

    I'm totally fed up with all these Republican recycled WING-NUTS. All these king bees are following the so-called Queen Bee Sarah Palin. Unfortunately I'll have to ask " IS THAT ALL YOU HAVE"?

    November 13, 2009 at 8:39 am |
  3. Mike

    What a joke,this man text on his phone when the President was giving his State of the Union address and Cantor and his party have no ideas for health care reform or the economy. I say no to the party of no.

    November 13, 2009 at 2:47 am |
  4. Mitchell

    Wow...someone that doesn't agree with the current headlong race to see how fast America can be bankrupted and turned into a socolist country. CNN shame on you for giving someone a voice other than a liberal or a socolist or a marxist or a communist, this just isn't like your orginazation. But then you are the "most trusted name in news" or something like that.

    November 12, 2009 at 8:15 pm |