Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told CNBC on Wednesday that unilateral action by President Barack Obama on immigration and other issues would "light a fuse" among Republicans now that they control both houses of Congress.
"Last night was a repudiation of what's going on right now," Cantor said on CNBC's "Squawk Box" in his first television interview since he gave up his seat in Congress after a stunning primary election loss.
He said the next six weeks will set the tone for 2015 and whether compromise between the parties can prevail. He called on Vice President Joe Biden to help both parties come together, citing the former senator's vast experience over decades on Capitol Hill.
"If [Obama] goes ahead and unilaterally signs an executive order to do some of the things he's talking about [on immigration], my sense is that will light a fuse. And we don't want to light a fuse," Cantor warned. "I don't think the American people do right now. They want to see people work together."
He also reminded his GOP colleagues to "manage expectations" for how much they can actually accomplish because Obama is still in office.
Cantor lost his Republican primary race in Virginia in June and later left Congress. Tea party-affiliated economics professor David Brat—who ousted the seven-term Cantor—beat his Democratic opponent in Tuesday's midterm election to keep the seat for Republicans.