House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) slammed President Obama on Wednesday for what he said was a mischaracterization of congressional Republicans in the president's economic speech.
Cantor accused Obama of saying Republicans had not proposed specific cuts to federal spending, and asked the president to "clarify or withdraw" the remark.
"President Obama must have misspoken today, because I have personally sat across the table from him and suggested specific ways to cut spending," Cantor said. "Furthermore, House Republican Leader John Boehner and I urged President Obama to work with Republicans to cut spending by using his authority to send Congress a 'rescissions' package. In fact, we sent President Obama a letter twice pledging to work together with him on that effort. We still have not heard back — seven months later.
"It doesn’t end there," he added. "Through the YouCut program House Republicans have offered over $120 billion in spending cuts, only to be voted down by Democrats in the House. Finally, House Republicans Jeb Hensarling and Paul Ryan have introduced a 'Cut Spending Now' package of specific cuts that would save taxpayers $1.3 trillion.
"President Obama is entitled to his opinion, but he’s not entitled to his own facts," Cantor went on, "and with that in mind I am asking him to either clarify or withdraw the accusation that he made earlier today.”
The president gave the speech in Cleveland.