Cantor: GOP could take back House in 2010

House Democrats may get a wake-up call during next year’s midterm election, according to House Minority Whip Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorThe Hill's Campaign Report: Florida hangs in the balance Eric Cantor teams up with former rival Dave Brat in supporting GOP candidate in former district Bottom line MORE (R-Va.).

“I don’t remove the prospect that [Republicans] could retake control in 2010,” the second-ranking Republican said Thursday.

He argued that the still-too-close-to-call race in New York’s 20th district is a promising sign for the Republican Party. Democrats have countered that Republicans hold a 70,000 edge in voter registrations in Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election Sunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Suburban moms are going to decide the 2020 election MORE’s (D-N.Y.) former district.

Cantor suggested that voters are rejecting the spending proposals coming from President Obama and Democrats in Congress.

“The policies that are out on the table right now and driving the debate this election seem not to be tending to be embraced by the middle-of-the-road folks that determine elections,” Cantor said. “[Voters] are not embracing this out-of-control spending, this borrowing and the prescriptions coming from Washington.”  

But unlike others in his party, Cantor said that he doesn't want the popular president to fail.

“There’s been a lot of discussion about: Do [Republicans] want President Obama to fail? Absolutely not! We don’t want America to fail,” Cantor said at an hour-long breakfast sponsored by the <em>Christian Science Monitor.</em>

The up-and-coming Republican, whose statement appears at odds with comments recently made by Rush Limbaugh, did not criticize the popular radio talk show host.

“What we question are [Obama’s] policies,” Cantor said. “We question whether his policies are going to promote success or whether they're going to put us on the path to a much lessened stature as an economic leader.”

The 45-year-old lawmaker answered questions on a wide range of issues at the breakfast, including his “no” vote on the House Democrats’ AIG bonus bill last month and his “present” vote on another bonus bill on Wednesday.

“I felt it was a conflict of interest yesterday because it directly spoke to a situation that I found my household in — with my wife and her employment,” Cantor said.

He explained that there “wasn’t any impact on me personally or my wife personally” in the AIG tax measure last month because his wife had not worked for that particular institution.  

Cantor fielded many questions on the budget. He predicted that Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will not be able to convince some Democrats to vote “yes” on the budget.

“There’s [a] significant amount of discomfort on the part of moderates and conservatives for Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaJudge orders Georgia officials to provide backup paper poll books ahead of election Supreme Court fight should drive Democrats and help Biden Michelle Obama says even former first families can get on each other's nerves during quarantine MORE’s budget” and "any defection on their part represents a reality check,” Cantor said.

Meanwhile, Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.) has indicated he may vote for the Democrats’ budget resolution.