House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on June 1. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor responded Friday to President Obama's speech on the economy and the Euro crisis. In that speech, Obama blamed Republicans for opposing stimulus that he said would have created a million new jobs. He also blamed "headwinds" from the European financial crisis for slower job recovery in America.
At the brief press conference, Cantor said Obama was playing a "blame game," and that House Republicans wanted to extend Bush-era tax cuts and repeal health care reform to stimulate the economy. "It's not because of the headwinds of Europe...It's not because of House Republicans. It's because of the failed stimulus policies and other items in [Obama's] agenda that small businesses in this country aren't growing," Cantor said at the brief press conference. The duo also ridiculed Obama for saying the private sector is "doing just fine."
Cantor conceded that Europe is "a serious problem," for America's economy, but he and Boehner said the best way to address that is by reducing America's debt. "Just because Europe has problems doesn't mean that we can't begin to solve our problems," Boehner said. "If we don't get busy dealing with our debt we'll be in the same shape."