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Can a kinder, gentler Eric Cantor 'rebrand' Republicans?

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he hopes to work with President Obama on education, health care, immigration, and other issues, but House Whip Steny Hoyer dismisses this 'fourth rebranding.'


House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) of Virginia spoke tonight at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington. Rep. Cantor, one of President Obama's chief critics, now says he wants to work with the president on immigration, health care, education, and more.

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Eric Cantor, the often combative second-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, sought on Tuesday to rebrand himself and his party, voicing hope that they can work with President Barack Obama for the sake of all Americans.

While not wavering from his conservative principles and desire to tame the record U.S. debt, Cantor expressed a new eagerness to help the needy in such areas as education, health care, immigration and moving up the economic ladder.

"Over the next two years, the House (Republican) majority will pursue an agenda based on a shared vision of creating the conditions for health, happiness and prosperity for more Americans and their families," Cantor said in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank.


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