Have not been a huge John McCain fan up to now. His choice for VP is all that’s standing between me voting for him in November or writing in “None of the above”.
Reading about Cantor and thinking that John McCain could make such an awsome choice that would solidify the Jewish vote and bring them in huge numbers over to the Republican side has given me some renewed hope in the Republican party.
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From Flopping Aces:
Cantor has been serving has a Congressmen from VA since 2001. He is Currently the Chief Deputy Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the only Jewish member of the House of Representatives. Before that he had served in the VA state house for almost a decade. The Congressman has received well over 60% of the vote in every election since 2000. Including a victory over Ben Jones, also known as Cooter from the Dukes of Hazard.
“Cantor seems to have a knack for fundraising. He was asked to start a PAC to help Republicans in Close contest.” His office set an initial goal of $300,000 for that first year and eclipsed it, said Cantor’s chief of staff, Rob Collins. Then he set the ambitious goal of $1 million for the second year and was able to eclipse that by $43,000. In 2004, during just his second year in leadership, Cantor raised more than $1 million for his Every Republican Is Crucial PAC (ERICPAC), and he is off to an early start so far this cycle. By the end of May, he had given $279,027 to federal candidates, $127,000 more than any other member of the Republican leadership, according to PoliticalMoneyLine, which tracks campaign contributions,” O’Connor wrote.
Cantor gets high marks from the Club for Growth, a conservative economics group. “McCain’s vice-presidential pick will be crucial for his campaign and for the future of the GOP,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “Choosing someone like Mike Huckabee would indicate an abandonment of limited-government, free-market principles. (sorry Huckabee supporters that’s the quote.) However, picking someone like Eric Cantor, who has tried to help the Republican Party reclaim the mantel of fiscal conservatism, could make the difference between victory and defeat. For economic conservatives, Eric Cantor would be a good choice.”
Cantor would also be a good pick for social conservatives according to Dr. Richard Land. “Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and one of the nation’s most influential evangelical leaders, recently praised Cantor as a potential McCain running mate, calling him rock-solid on social issues—a huge concern for Christian conservatives with the maverick McCain at the top of the ticket.”