By Justin Sink - 03/05/12 12:47 PM EST
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) predicted that Mitt Romney would sweep Virginia, capturing all of the state's Super Tuesday delegates.
"I believe he's going to do really well and capture all the delegates in Virginia and do really well overall," Cantor said during an interview on Fox News, less than 24 hours after he formally endorsed the Republican front-runner.
Virginia's 49 delegates represent one of Tuesday's biggest hauls, and with only Ron Paul also qualifying for the ballot there, Romney is expected to see some of his biggest delegate gains of the race in the state.
"He's the only candidate who has put forward a bold, pro-growth plan to grow this economy," Cantor said. "That’s the central issue of this election; people want to see a better economic future, and Mitt Romney is the only man in the race who has actually had the experience to do it."
Cantor also dismissed polls indicating the GOP primary had weakened impressions of Romney among independents and the general electorate while emboldening President Obama.
"Campaigns and primaries are just that — it's a process, though, that we will come together behind a pro-growth, economic-freedom message that is in stark contrast to what the country has in terms of its other option, which is a continuation [of] the failed policies of the Obama administration," Cantor said.
The House majority leader pivoted to a discussion of Israel, questioning President Obama's commitment to the U.S. ally just hours before the president was slated to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama is expected to urge that Israel exercise restraint when considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran over its suspected nuclear-weapon program.
"There's a real question about resolve and where the president is," Cantor said, going on to say the president needed to signal "commitment to follow through with some of the rhetoric."