The second-ranking House Republican acknowledged Tuesday night that some GOP criticism of President Obama has been "hyperbolic."

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) suggested that some rhetoric against the president, suggesting that he's a socialist or has pioneered the most left-wing presidency ever, has been over-the-top at times.

"I'll give you this: It's hyperbolic," Cantor said on Comedy Central's "Daily Show" when asked about anti-Obama rhetoric. "Yes, there's hyperbolic rhetoric on both sides."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's (R-Ga.) new book outlines a way to stop "Obama's secular-socialist machine," while prominent Republican figures like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin call Democrats a "leftist party." Another member of the House GOP brass, Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.), has called Obama the "most anti-Israel" president in modern history.

Cantor said in his "Daily Show" appearance that it was important to look to strike a "balance" between ideological positions on both sides of the aisle. He said, though, that Republican principles were key to the GOP's resurgence going into Nov. 2's elections.

"We're coming to this ... with a sufficient dose of contrition," he said. "We got fired; we get it."



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