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Eric Cantor walks a fine line

Republican Congressman Eric Cantor is not exactly a new face — he’s been in Congress since 2001 and currently serves as the House majority leader, second in command behind Speaker John Boehner.

But if he’s not necessarily a new face, he seems to be the face of the opposition to a deal with the White House over raising the debt ceiling.  Congressman Cantor is known to have had some sharp exchanges with President Obama during the negotiations, and Democrats have painted Cantor as the chief obstructionist, willing to go against his own leader, Speaker Boehner, to avoid a compromise with the president.

Who is this 48-year-old congressman from Virginia who is at the center of the political power struggle playing out in Washington this summer?

For insight into Eric Cantor, Need to Know sought out a man who knows him well. Jeff Schapiro is a long-time political reporter and columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He has covered Virginia elections and the state Capitol for 30 years, and he’s been following Representative Cantor’s rise since the congressman was first elected to a seat in the Virginia State Legislature in 1992.

Watch the rest of the segments from this episode.

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    Need to Know travels to Ohio to assess how workers are faring after the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs over the past 35 years.
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    Following the money: Tax breaks
    New CBO report echoes the findings of Need to Know's "A tale or four tax returns."
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      Certifiably employable
    Rick Karr recently visited Seattle to look at a program designed to give the unemployed the skills they need to find jobs in one of the country’s fastest-growing industries.


  • Anonymous

    I just listened to your (2) segments:  Divisions within the GOP and Eric Cantor:  I felt like I was watching a conservative broadcast;  it’s so sad how rightward a turn we’ve made as a society when the interview implies that Orin Hatch is a ‘moderate’;  he’s not; he’s right up there with the Tea Party.  Senator Hatch recently said “poor people should pay more in taxes”;  that’s Tea Party language!!  And, Jeff Shapiro’s last sentence about Eric Cantor is laughable re: not giving him such a hard time because he’s ‘approachable’—HUH?  Congressman Cantor is hellbent on destroying Medicare, Social Security and programs that benefit ordinary Americans;  why wasn’t his REAL record and behavior focused on.  Shame on you!  I found this softball journalism appalling;  I expect so much more from this program.  It’s a sad day when Bill Moyer’s replacement is business as usual! 

  • steve banicki

    Impeach all Republican Leadership Including Boehner, Cantor