ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: With DNC Chairman Tim Kaine unveiling a new effort today seeking to brand the Democratic Party as the “Results Party,” the No. 2 House Republican said he’s willing to concede that point. Sort of.
“They're the party of results -- it's just the bad results,” House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., said on ABC’s “Top Line” today. “There's a reason people are so dissatisfied with their incumbent in Congress, because the party in power has produced an agenda that is unacceptable to the American people.”
“They can tout their results, but the plan that they put in place -- the vision for this country has been rejected by the American people in the public polling over and again,” Cantor added. “That's why we're seeing so much frustration on the part of so many people, and so many independents across this country.”
Cantor today posted a column promising voters a “very different” Republican Party than they’ve seen in the past, with by a new generation of leaders, plus more “listening to the American people.”
Those efforts include generating ideas for a “Commitment to America” -- a “Contract with America”-style document laying out what Republicans would do if they win back control of the House.
“We are not the Republican Party that we were in '06, when the American people fired Republicans from Congress,” Cantor said. “We have an incredible number of young, energetic candidates who want to come to Washington to do the right thing. ...
“So what you're going to see with this new Republican Party is a commitment that we will present to the voters to demonstrate that we are listening, that we do agree we need to turn this country around and get America back to work.”
If Republicans do win back control of the House, Cantor said the new speaker will be the current House minority leader, Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio -- a response that seems to rule out the possibility of a Cantor-led leadership challenge.
“Sure,” said Cantor, “I do think that John Boehner will be speaker when we take the majority back.”
Cantor also declined to take a position on the new Arizona immigration law, which has pitted prominent party voices such as Karl Rove, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio on one side, and Arizona Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl on the other.
“Arizona is a border state. You know, events on the ground gave rise to what that legislature in Arizona had to do because of the lawlessness that started to occur, and frankly, what that speaks to is a federal government and administration that has just not done its job,” Cantor said. “When you've got killing going on, trespassing on property and lawlessness in our country, no wonder people are upset.”
Pressed on whether he supports or opposes the law, Cantor called that a “false choice.”
“Because no one is going to accept the lawlessness,” he said. “First and foremost, we are a country of laws. Now are you asking whether I think that America is a country of opportunity? Absolutely. Are we a country built on immigrants? Absolutely, we all came from somewhere. … I am for making sure that America remains a country that stands for freedom and opportunity for everyone, and that means we ought to concentrate on enforcing the law by making sure that we enhance legal immigration so that we can continue to grow and prosper, so that we can get America back to work.”
We also checked in with Ana Marie Cox of GQ on the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll -- showing widespread disaffection with incumbent members of Congress -- plus the Democratic efforts to push financial regulatory reform.