Saturday, October 02, 2010

Eric Cantor's speech ... live blogging the Republican Round-Up

Congressman Eric Cantor walked onto the stage to huge cheers and applause and a standing ovation. He waved to the crowd and then began talking. (This is paraphrased ... check Virginia Right! for video of Rep. Cantor's remarks to the crowd.)

"Thirty-one days until this country gets back on track!" he began to a huge roar from the crowd and applause. "We've go work to do! ... You probably know someone who has lost a job or someone who has taken a pay cut to keep their job.

"Washington just doesn't get it! We don't need more census jobs or programs. Linwood talked about what we've seen the past months, the change in our country and our lives. They cannot get enough of government taking over more and more. ...

"Our country is at a crossroads. This election is about a choice between philosophies, parties,and choices. And it's a referendum on the question of what we are and what kind of country we want to be. A European welfare state? (boos from audience) Or e can begin again to make the tough decisions to cut spending, reduce taxes, empower people in the small business arena to see jobs created again. (applause and cheers) That's what we're about as Republicans!

"Some of you may have seen the book that just came out recently trying to redirect our country back to the common sense principles we believe in that started right here in Virginia ... fight for limited government, fight for less spending, go in and take a whack at the federal budget deficit so we can live within our means. ... In 2006 and 2008 we were fired by the American people but we've learned our lesson to get back on the road to reform to continue to be the most prosperous country in the history of the world.

"So the book is about the Young Guns movement. Eighty individuals running for office across the country who went to DC not to bring the pork barrel spending back home but to turn back to the America we know ... so our kids can lives the dream that we have lived in America so we can have and can continue to be a beacon to the world. That's what we're about as Republicans (applause) ... and that's what this election is about!

"Remember number 31. Wake up every morning for the next 30 days and do all you can to take the country back. I'll commit to you  to uphold principle. (Holds up bumper sticker, 'Less Government/More Freedom,' from the Spotsylvania GOP Committee, to applause from crowd.)

"In Virginia we will turn out all eleven districts, and we will put out yard signs and put bumper stickers on our vehicles. Thirty-one more days! Thank you very, very much!" (Standing ovation, applause, cheers from the crowd.)

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