November 3rd, 2010
02:30 PM ET

GOP's Cantor: 'We have to deliver'

Adam Aigner-Treworgy

(CNN) - House Minority Whip Eric Cantor issued a warning Wednesday to Republicans after the party's takeover of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections.

"This is a second chance for us," he told CNN. "If we blow it again, we will be in the wilderness for a very long time. We have to deliver."

Cantor, who described himself as "energized" despite only three hours of sleep, said the overall message from Tuesday night was a repudiation of Democratic policies, including health care reform.

Cantor is expected to replace Democrat Steny Hoyer in January as the next majority leader, the second-ranking position in House leadership.

Meanwhile, in an emotional speech Tuesday night at a GOP election rally in Washington, the presumptive speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, told a crowd of supporters, "This is not a time for celebration."

Boehner said, "It is a time to roll up our sleeves and go to work. We can celebrate when small businesses begin hiring again. We can celebrate when the spending binge here in Washington has stopped. And we can celebrate when we have a government that has earned the trust of the people that it serves."

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  1. William of Iowa

    The "we have to deliver" will soon be followed by "because of the Democrats". He postures for campaign 2012.

    November 4, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    I am glad Boehner thinks this fine rhetoric (no details of how) yet again is the magic bullet or bullets answer to jobs the economy and deficit reduction. The whole of US economic gurus (Republican and Democrat) and the presidents special economic council the CBO (and independent agencies) all say unemployment will rise throughout 2011 and that GDP growth for sustainable growth of the economy and employment( jobs) will not be effective until 2013 or 2014, because this recession is global and very deeply rooted.

    November 4, 2010 at 1:17 am |