The following is a transcript of my conversation on last night’s Kudlow & Company with Chief Deputy Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) on the various ethical and political hurdles facing Republicans.
Kudlow: Congressman Cantor, thank you for coming on, we appreciate your time. I want to start with you. The only thing worse that I can think of for the GOP, than having 100 Republicans vote for this farm bill – which is just an unmitigated disaster – is the fact that you all have not read Vito Fossella out of the caucus. That, I think, is even worse. One is a financial and political issue. The other is a moral and ethical issue. Both are undermining the Republican brand, Eric. What’s your response please?
Rep. Eric Cantor: Larry it’s good to be with you. Larry there’s no question right now that the public is questioning where Republicans are, and what we stand for. You mentioned the farm bill. I too believe that is probably one of the worst votes that anyone could take. There was so much pork in there. There was so much special interest politics at play. And frankly, when you’re giving farmers who could potentially make $2.5 million dollars as a couple, and still get government aid, while we have plenty of uninsured, real uninsured people out there who can’t get government assistance, I think there is a serious problem with Washington. But you know look, we have got a lot of challenges. We’ve only got six months before the general election. What the Republicans need to do, what we’ve got to do is get our message out.