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October 20, 2014

White House: Don’t Blame Immigration for Eric Cantor’s Shocking Loss

Updated 10:14 p.m. | The White House looked to spin the shocking loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Tuesday night, as President Barack Obama tries to salvage what appears to be sinking hopes for an immigration overhaul Tuesday night.

In a pair of tweets, two top Obama advisers, Dan Pfeiffer and David Simas, took solace in the victory of Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina in a crowded Republican primary even though Graham was a key backer of the Senate immigration overhaul that Cantor had derided as “amnesty” as he sought to fend off a tea party challenger in his Virginia primary.

Backers of immigration reform also ripped Cantor for trying to have both sides of the immigration issue and plan to press on.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., also pointed to Graham as a ray of hope on immigration and for the GOP.

“Tonight’s election shows the Republican Party has two paths it can take on immigration,” he said in a statement. “The Graham path of showing leadership and solving a problem in a mainstream way, which leads to victory. Or the Cantor path of trying to play both sides, which is a path to defeat. Cantor’s defeat does not change the fundamental fact that Republicans will become a minority party if they don’t address our broken immigration system.”

But there’s no doubt that immigration was at the center of the campaign to defeat Cantor.

Of note, another Obama adviser, Valerie Jarrett, had recently pointed to the end of primary season as opening a narrow window for immigration. Privately, many Democrats and immigration advocates had eyed a Cantor win Tuesday as the starting point for an immigration sprint.

  • Layla

    This ABSOLUTELY WAS about amnesty and non enforcement of our immigration laws. The American people, NOT just the Tea Party, have had it with our authoritarian government. You work for the People and it is time to send every anti-American Member of Congress, both sides, HOME.

  • Lowen_Lowen

    AS usual the WH is full of Sht

    • Layla

      Not for long.

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  • Three Friends

    In August of 2007 alone, illegal aliens were charged in 27 cases of child molestation.

  • Dave Francis

    IT IS TIME TO JOIN THE REVOLUTIONARY ARMY OF THE TEA PARTY AND BRING AMERICA BACK FROM THE BRINK?

    JOIN
    THE TEA PARTY REVOLUTION AND WIN BACK AMERICA?

    I guess if your brain has dissolved inside your skull, your
    going to believe what the polls said about 65 % percent of Americans agree that
    illegal aliens deserve Amnesty and a Path to citizenship. Of course the polls
    are written to trick you, the way it’s conveyed to the general public. If you
    don’t know by now in the media that most of the editorial has been brain-washed
    by the border-line mafia mob in the Obama administration and the open border
    zealots. If you can sacrifice a minute read the rasmussenreports.com
    polls, which will tell you a different story. THESE REPORTS ARE NOT THE MANIPULATION OR PREJUDICED REPUTATION OF
    THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA. RASMUSSEN REPORTING HAS A REPUTATION FOR HONESTY AND
    COMPLETED BY CALLING PEOPLE NATIONWIDE INDESCRIMINATELY SINCE 2003. SEE WHAT AMERICA REALLY THINKS? Then have more time take a
    gander at the everyday commentaries inside the mainstream or local press, but
    read the Liberal-Democrat Socialist open border columns first, then read the
    comments below, which tells a different story? It’s absolutely, a paramount
    fact that the majority of American taxpayers want illegal aliens removed, back
    over the border and overstays placed on jets home.

    Neither of the political parties suffers from honesty and
    many in the Congress have criminal records, which adds intense credence to
    which who they really work for in DC? These are the ingrained Lobbyists, who
    are employed by the Special Interests, taking their money and clandestine
    gifts, behind closed doors. The majority of politicians keep their careers, by
    millions of negative ads screened throughout America against new faces. By voting for a
    Democrat or Republican nothing will change according their agenda. AMERICAN VOTERS MUST CONCERN THEMSELVES
    WITH THE ISSUES, NOT THE POWER BROKERS WHO IS OUT FOR HIMSELF.

    AN EX BORDER AGENT
    STATED YESTERDAY THAT THIS BORDER CHAOS IS “ORCHESTRATED” BY OBAMA, ESPECIALLY
    SINCE 40 % of BORDER AGENTS HAVE BEEN MOVED TO ADMINSTRATION JOBS.

    The question to ask
    is why Rep. Eric Cantor FALL? Try this theory? King Obama knew that the people
    in the Cantor congressional district did not like Immigration Reform or amnesty
    or a Path to Citizenship. Those going shortly to the ballot box in Tennessee MUST support Joe Carr affiliated
    with the National TEA PARTY and running for the US Senate against Old School
    Republican Lamar Alexander, who will offer no change to his state, and will
    follow the same old line of the GOP. If you
    want change: removal of illegal aliens; Abolishment of the IRS and introduce a
    fair or consumption tax, reduction in government; Returning the Department of
    Education, Environmental Protection Agency to State control. Building the
    Keystone pipeline and making America self-sufficient in Energy and not dependent on foreign
    oil, gas. Reduce to a minimum of Regulations for growing businesses. Make
    corporate welfare a thing of the past. Use the Tea Party agenda of Ron Paul, The One Cent Solution is beautifully simple: If the
    government cuts one cent out of every dollar of its total spending (excluding
    interest payments) each year for five years, and then caps overall federal
    spending at 18 percent of national income from then on, we can:

    ·
    Reduce federal
    spending by $7.5 trillion over 10 years.

    ·
    Balance the budget by
    2019.

    How much are you
    willing to take before you stand up and do something? This is your opportunity
    to be a true Citizen. Put your support behind the Tea Party and help us
    continue our massive fight to take Obama down. He’s running our beloved country
    into the ground, steering us straight to socialism. THOSE
    IN CONGRESS ARE WITHOUT A BACKBONE AND ARE IGNORING THE FACT, THAT THIS KIND OF
    OFFENCE SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, ALONG WITH MANY UNANSWERED ISSUED AS
    BENGHAZI, THE IRS, SPYING, GUN RUNNING, FRAUDULENT TAX REBATES FOR CHILDREN,
    THE VA ADMINISTRATION DEBACLE, THE BOWE BERGDAHI TRIBULATION AND NOW ILLEGAL ALIENS SPILLING ACROSS THE BORDER. HE
    HAS CORRUPTED THE RULE OF LAW AND THE CONSTITUTION THAT WE “THE PEOPLE” HAVE
    ALWAYS LIVED BY? HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED.

    Rise up against the most anti-American
    president in the history of our country. He has allowed 36,000 alcohol-abusing,
    drug using, sexual predators and other criminals to flood our communities; with
    millions more are coming if Obama gets his way with amnesty. We just can’t let
    that happen or we will be living in a fear 24/7, paying taxes just to pay for
    illegal aliens and US freeloaders who feed off hardworking Americans. Obama
    says amnesty will make our communities safer—that is a flat-out LIE! Join the TEA PARTY CRUSADE AND FIGHT BACK.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    THERE ARE STILL MORE THAN THREE MILLION UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES WITHOUT AN EXTENSION OF BENEFITS SINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER. THE REPUBLICAN SENATE HAS HELD THE EXTENSION BILL HOSTAGE IN THE SENATE FOR MORE THAN FIVE MONTHS NOW. MEANWHILE THESE FAMILIES HAVE FALLEN INTO FINANCIAL RUIN AND COLLAPSE. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TURNED THEIR BACKS ON THESE AMERICANS. THESE PEOPLE ARE DESPERATELY IN NEED OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. OUR GOVERNMENT HAS JUST GIVEN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE UKRAINE, AND WILL BE SPENDING BILLIONS MORE TO DEFEND EUROPE. WHY CAN’T THEY HELP AMERICANS HERE AT HOME TOO??

  • Water Dude

    Since 1955, there have been over 25,000 illegal aliens arrested for murder in these United States.

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