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Rep. Eric Cantor: GOP Needs to Be Inclusive on Gay Rights

On This Week, George Stephanoploulos asked Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor, the House Minority Whip, if he agrees with some fellow Republicans, like Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., that the party needs to rethink its approach and broaden its base by moderating its policies and reaching out to groups it has excluded in the past.

Cantor Asked Stephanopoulos: "Are you prepared to [move to the middle on positions like gay rights] in the House?

Said Cantor: "There is no question the Republican Party has to return to be one of inclusion, not exclusion. And we are a party with many ideas. And we have in that a commitment to make sure that we have positive alternatives, if we don't agree with this administration, or the House Democrats, and to continue to put those ideas forward and again the problems facing this country...are not just Republican or Democrat problems. They are so big. They are so challenging...Let's come up with solutions that actually produce results for a change, instead of making matters worse, which Washington is famous for."

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  1. funny...

    i read that as a non-answer, first cousin to a non-apology.

    i certainly didn't hear the words gay or lesbian mentioned.

    Posted by: jack | Mar 2, 2009 8:51:38 AM

  2. Words. That's really all they are.

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 2, 2009 8:56:43 AM

  3. Don't be fooled...if gay rights are important to you, only vote for Repugnant party once you read their platform and agree with it. Cantor is a fool if he thinks the fundamentalists running the party will bend one inch on gay issues.

    Posted by: DC Guy | Mar 2, 2009 9:01:56 AM

  4. Cantor suffers from "GayFace" if there ever was a case......he's a toe-tapper alright...he's just too perty!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Mar 2, 2009 9:07:29 AM

  5. Note how he doesn't include anything specific in that quote. This is right up there with McCain saying that gays can go get married... just not legally or officially. But they can for pretend! And without benefits! Inclusion!!!


    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 2, 2009 9:08:45 AM

  6. Blah Blah Blah . . . He says the Republican party is a "party with many ideas," yet in 3 minutes he says absolutely nothing of substance, offers no ideas, and never mentions gay rights in response to George's question. Surprise, surprise.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 2, 2009 9:23:13 AM

  7. Didn't Michael Steele say the Republican Party should be more inclusive? He followed that a few weeks later by saying "why would we do that?" when asked about civil union legislation. Inclusive is a word that means nothing to the Republican leadership. They have no intention of opening up to gays because the only issues they have left are gay hate and abortion.

    Posted by: sam | Mar 2, 2009 9:39:53 AM

  8. Cantor - "We have to put forward real solutions to real problems REAL families have."

    Does anyone think for a minute he's including LGBT families under that code word "real?" Bull. Shit.

    Posted by: sean | Mar 2, 2009 9:49:31 AM

  9. It is my opinion that Eric Cantor is a butt-boy for the Republican party. 'nuf said.

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Mar 2, 2009 10:01:25 AM

  10. "Return to..."? When were they EVER inclusive? How can they "return" to something they never have been?

    Posted by: Julius Barr | Mar 2, 2009 10:11:32 AM

  11. Total non-answer. Positive alternative to what exactly? We want equal rights, what's his positive alternative to that?

    Just like the rest of them: Douche.

    Posted by: M. Bergeron | Mar 2, 2009 10:49:06 AM

  12. I think we may be reading too much into a very generic answer. Michael Steele also talked about wanting to be inclusive and not exclusive, and then he suggested that the GOP would have to be "crazy" to support even the barest measure of respect (civil unions) for committed gay couples.

    Posted by: Pender | Mar 2, 2009 11:01:13 AM

  13. Funny that he voted FOR legislation in Virginia that prohibited marriage between same sex along with Tim Cain. These guys are great at putting a finger in the air and seeing which way the wind is blowing.

    Posted by: Joe | Mar 2, 2009 11:12:29 AM

  14. Lies. This guy is Gingrich's heir.

    Posted by: Nick | Mar 2, 2009 12:14:51 PM

  15. except he didn't answer the question. besides, all one has to do is remember pat buchanan's 1992 Rep. convention speech to find out their true feelings.

    Posted by: psgoodguy | Mar 2, 2009 12:58:29 PM

  16. We'll see what happens when hate crimes legislation rolls around.

    Posted by: m | Mar 2, 2009 1:15:04 PM

  17. Misleading headline alert!

    Andy -- He deflected. Cantor didn't say a damn thing about gay rights -- he blathered on about "inclusion", which I'd bet to him means not trying to actively drive away Latinos and hiring Steele as a mouthpiece........that's what he would call progress. I thought you would listen a bit harder.............??

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 2, 2009 1:34:07 PM

  18. This is the list of the GOP's top ten to watch
    from the Washington Post. Man are they screwed. And Palin is number one, please God make her the 2012 pick.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Mar 2, 2009 2:22:54 PM

  19. That was totally a non-answer, not to mention the fact that he keeps suggesting that the GOP can suggest positive alternatives!? To what!? And it is obvious by his mention of 'real families' that he has no interest in include alternative family structures.... It always upsets me when cuties like Cantor are void of intelligence.

    Posted by: wilbur | Apr 1, 2009 10:24:20 AM

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