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Rep. Eric Cantor Heckled Over Opposition to Gays Marrying: VIDEO


House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was booed and heckled at the Univerisity of Michigan today after being asked a question about his opposition to same-sex marriage, Think Progress reports.

Demanded one audience member, "I’m gay, you’re not for my family, am I in your bedroom?"

Cantor lobbed back a non-answer: "Well, I would again say that, we all no matter what we are — who we are, what the background of this country, should allow for equal opportunity to earn the success that we’re after."


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  1. Cantor is one of those politicians that always makes me wonder, who votes for him? Is there really so little competition, so few alternatives that these second rate political hacks can make a career out of running for office?

    The whole election process is utterly ridiculous in that anyone with common sense stays away from it and second rate hacks flock to it for the money.

    Or maybe I'm just naive and people like him do represent what's out there.

    Posted by: Dark Thoughts | Oct 31, 2011 8:46:40 PM

  2. He says absolutely nothing in his answer to the guy in the audience, other than referring to the greatness of our country. He doesn't even use sentences, just disjointed phrases. Like most politicians, if you ask him about an issue, all he does is wave a verbal American flag, spouts nonsense, and thinks he has solved the issue and put down his opponents. He is a total waste of time, and one of the big reasons the government is dysfunctional.

    Posted by: trees | Oct 31, 2011 9:13:04 PM

  3. I was going to say that in the few seconds when the lady was asking the question, he looked like a child wearing his father's suit.

    Then I realized he looked like Michael Scott. That's the more apt description.

    Posted by: DN | Oct 31, 2011 9:57:35 PM

  4. Fu*k Cantor. I hope he gets this kind of reception at every speaking engagement, political rally and on the street. If you see the guy in person speak out! Tell him exactly what you think! He needs to be run out of office.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Oct 31, 2011 10:33:05 PM

  5. Eventually, the repugnicans are going to have to concede that this is a non-issue for most voters and move on.

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 31, 2011 10:33:12 PM

  6. The question we need to start heckling conservatives with is:

    "Why do you believe that government, and not individual churches, should be enforcing 'traditional marriage'? What warped interpretation of the Bill of Rights lets you think that you can simply erase our Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion... when it comes to our expression and observance of the sacrament of marriage within churches that embrace marriage equality?

    Are you TRYING to replace our democracy with a theocracy? Or are you unaware that what you're doing is exactly that?"

    Posted by: Jexer | Oct 31, 2011 11:31:55 PM

  7. @DarkThoughts. It is called gerrymandering and BOTH parties do it. These House districts are drawn to elect either a Repug or a Dem. Simple as that, and I'd add we progressives lack the go for the jugular instinct. We are all about "let's debate like gentlemen", while Cantor's party is like the mob. They believe elections are about winning and it's all-out war for them. No prisoners. No ethics. Unlimited money and spending. Frightening the way this country is going.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Oct 31, 2011 11:44:15 PM

  8. cantor will soon be compared to marie antoinette with her let them eat cake remarks. he and the repuks better remember what happened to her and louis xvi.

    Posted by: walter | Nov 1, 2011 12:08:21 AM

  9. He didn't even attempt to answer the original question. Just wait- in a few years Republicans are going to hide their anti-gay agenda in fear of total public opposition. It's already beginning now.

    Posted by: Moonie | Nov 1, 2011 12:21:29 AM

  10. Really, I've always thought Jewish people were so much smarter than this.

    Posted by: Christopher | Nov 1, 2011 12:56:25 AM

  11. Is Cantor is on a nationwide tour to start his 2016 presidential bid?

    Posted by: Gus | Nov 1, 2011 3:48:01 AM

  12. I live in VA and let me tell you all that this state is filled with Tea Party Republican so-called christian scumbags like cantor. He's actually close to the top on the list!

    Posted by: Peter | Nov 1, 2011 8:13:54 AM

  13. oh yeah, he's not christian, but close!

    Posted by: Peter | Nov 1, 2011 8:14:46 AM

  14. Occupy Washington DC....we already know what (R)'s will do if they win elections next year....Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, wherever the (R)'s gained control they are disenfranchising voters, getting rid of womwn's health care facilities, or as in new hampshire trying to take away marriage for gays....

    Posted by: chris | Nov 1, 2011 8:19:13 AM

  15. What's so great about a country that doesn't grant its gay taxpaying citizens their full civil rights. Oh I forgot, republicans don't consider marriage for gays a civil right, it's only reserved for straight bigots like himself, the token Jew of the GOP.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Nov 1, 2011 8:45:43 AM

  16. Cantor is a lightweight GOPer politico that deserves all the heckling he receives whether it's for his homophobic bigotry or any of the other myriad of Tea Party positions he and his fellow Rethuggists hold against most of us in the "the 99%". It's amazing how such idiotic politicians get elected to office and then get into positions of power within their party. This country is going to stay in a deep funk as long as Congress is run by people like Cantor.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Nov 1, 2011 8:50:04 AM

  17. A few moans of disagreement do not constitute heckling.

    Cantor wasn't heckled. He got off easy.

    The white-haired, tea baggers in their motorized wheel chairs shouted down Democratic congressmen merely a year ago. These same tea baggers prevented others in the audience from speaking.

    By comparison, my 6 year old heckles me 10 times worse than what Cantor got.

    When are the Dems and other progressives going to really start showing some balls?

    Posted by: Continuum | Nov 1, 2011 9:48:23 AM

  18. Cantor is the same guy who suggested there would be no assistance to those areas hit by Irene unless something was cut from the spending side. He's nothing more than an arrogant, snotty little pissant.

    In all likelihood, he'll be making a play for Boneheads job next year. In fact, he's being interviewed with his family by Leslie Stahl for 60 minutes this Thanksgiving. This is an effort to soften his image in the minds of voters. I hope she does a hatchet job.

    Posted by: whiwo | Nov 1, 2011 11:44:41 AM

  19. He voiced his opinion. Freedom of speech. Now what are you going to do about the policies he wants to enforce/enact? Nothing. This country was formed on the principle of voting, yet half don't. But the complaints run rampant when we don't get what we want from the government. What have you done to promote voting among your peers and the younger generation? I will take a chance and guess most of you have done nothing at all. I gave up after over 20 years of military service, because most of you don't care enough. Why bother?

    Posted by: David | Nov 1, 2011 12:20:26 PM

  20. I am often discouraged, but I don't give up.
    There are a few bright lights in the political fog.

    What we really need is a viable third party. With 3 parties, two would be forced to compromise at the risk of being left out of decision making. With the two parties we have now it leads only to competition without compromise because a minority can sabotage any good efforts.

    Posted by: Dark Thoughts | Nov 1, 2011 12:39:44 PM

  21. when they avoid a clear and direct question with an evasive non-answer they prove the rest of us right.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 1, 2011 1:23:46 PM

  22. I personally believe that most US Americans don't have maps, and the Iraq such as the South Africa ...

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 1, 2011 3:13:13 PM

  23. It was a typical politicians answer, a lot of words that say nothing. Just like in the movie 'whorehouse.' Dance around an issue, and try to destroy this country and our president for the sake of a vote!

    Posted by: billmiller | Nov 1, 2011 8:02:38 PM

  24. "how do you reconcile your position with states' rights, and the constitution, with the 'defense of marriage act'?"

    keep asking

    Posted by: andnowwhat | Nov 3, 2011 12:20:21 AM

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