House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) blamed the media, in part, for the messaging problems Republicans have in America.
Speaking at the Ripon Society on Wednesday in Washington, Cantor said, “The media has done a great job of sort of shoving us in the corner, because all they say we are concerned with is somehow balancing the budget and cutting spending and taking things away from people. What we’re trying to say is that we need to do those things in order to re-energize the opportunity machine of America. We’re about giving people opportunity. And that’s really what our agenda this year is about.”
Cantor conceded that Republicans also need to shoulder the blame for their ineffective messaging. According to The Hill, he said the party must do a better job of speaking to the concerns of people at the lower rungs of the economic ladder.
“We also want to speak to the people who, frankly, have begun to turn us off because they don’t feel we have an agenda that speaks to them, Cantor said. “What are we doing for that assistant manager of a fast food restaurant? What are we doing for single moms who are waking up in the District of Columbia this morning and facing the fact that their kids are going to schools that can’t even provide a safe place for these mothers to leave their kids, let alone get an education?”