President Obama will directly slam House Republican Leader Eric Cantor during today’s “jobs’ speech in Mesquite Texas.
The White House just took the unusual step of releasing a portion of Obama’s prepared remarks, suggesting the attack on Cantor is the point of the speech.
The speech, which is sandwiched between fundraisers in Dallas and St. Louis, is supposedly “official business” that will help defray the costs to the Obama campaign of what is otherwise a campaign trip. With official business on the schedule, taxpayers are required to help out.
The remarks provide further confirmation that Obama’s jobs plan – with its calls for tax increases Republicans will never accept – is a creature of politics, not policy.
Here’s the excerpt released by the White House.
Yesterday, the Republican Majority Leader in Congress, Eric Cantor, said that right now, he won’t even let the jobs bill have a vote in the House of Representatives. He won’t even give it a vote.
Well I’d like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what in this jobs bill he doesn’t believe in. Does he not believe in rebuilding America’s roads and bridges? Does he not believe in tax breaks for small businesses, or efforts to help veterans?
Mr. Cantor should come down to Dallas, look Kim Russell in the eye, and tell her why she doesn’t deserve to get a paycheck again. Come tell her students why they don’t deserve to have their teacher back.
Come tell Dallas construction workers why they should be sitting home instead of fixing our bridges and our schools.
Come tell the small business owners and workers in this community why you’d rather defend tax breaks for millionaires than tax cuts for the middle-class.
And if you won’t do that, at least put this jobs bill up for a vote so that the entire country knows exactly where every Member of Congress stands.
Cantor, in fact, has said he would run portions of Obama’s plan through the House. Rarely is a proposal by a president put on the floor in its entirety.