House Minority Whip Eric CantorEric CantorPaul replaces Cruz as GOP agitator GOP shifting on immigration Breitbart’s influence grows inside White House MORE's (R-Va.) claim that the Obama administration's stimulus was a failure is one of the dumbest statements from a politician Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.) said Monday that he's ever heard.

"The critics in Washington -- I heard Eric Cantor say the stimulus is a failure," Rendell said on the liberal Bill Press Radio Show podcast. "Well, that's probably in the top 10 dumbest statements I've ever heard from a politician."

Rendell's remarks represent a shot directly at the leading Republican, who, like many other GOP leaders, has taken shots at the $787 billion stimulus plan passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama earlier this year.

"If we had gotten the money out any faster, the Republicans would have been saying, 'Oh my gosh, we're wasting money!'" Rendell added. "I think the Obama administration has set the right tone between balanced oversight and getting the money out quickly."

As economic indicators remain stagnant, Republicans have ramped up their criticism of the stimulus plan, as well as the Obama administration's overall management of the economy.

Rendell did say it was far too early to tell whether or not a discussed second stimulus is needed, adding that there wouldn't be an indication of whether or not it'd be needed until this fall at the earliest.

But, if one is passed, Rendell said that it should be trimmed of pork, and focus on tangible projects.

"If there is a second stimulus, it should be lean and mean, and it should have no programs other than infrastructure," he said.