Republican Whip Eric Cantor, who introduced his own jobs initiative Wednesday, said he "hopes" the jobs summit hosted by the White House Thursday is more than simply a photo opportunity on "Washington Unplugged" Thursday.
With the backdrop of a 23-year high in the unemployment rate, Cantor told moderator Nancy Cordes, "I know this job summit is happening at the White House. There have been plenty of summits before. I am just hoping this is a little bit more than a photo-op."
The whip said while Democratic leaders, including President Obama and Speaker Pelosi, say they want to fix the economy, they have focused too much on policies such as the stimulus, cap and trade and card check. Republicans largely oppose all three pieces of legislation.
"It;s almost as if some folks in Washington are practicing the 'do as I say not as I do' mantra," Cantor said.
The DNC's Hari Sevugan has responded to Cantor's comments, suggesting the Republican's own jobs plan channels the Bush administration. Read his statement here>.