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Cantor: Pelosi should apologize for 'outrageous' claim about the GOP and the poor

Uncut: House Majority leader responds to House Minority leader's comments about GOP attitude towards the poor, blasts Obama administration's 'secret' ObamaCare mandate exemption and details the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act

 

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," March 13, 2014. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is outraged. Now, that's his word, "outraged." And he is here to go "On The Record." Take a look at what or who set him off.

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NANCY PELOSI, HOUSE MINORITY LEADER: I asked a Republican friend why his party remained so opposed to extending the vital life lines for struggling families and really hungry children. This colleague's response is telling me in its blunt nature, and it's stunning in its honesty. What he said was to the Republican caucus, these people you are talking about are invisible, and the Republican caucus is indifferent to them. Invisible and indifferent. This is just plain wrong.

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VAN SUSTEREN: How do you respond to the accusation Republican caucus is indifferent?

ERIC CANTOR, HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER: Greta, how outrageous is that? You know, I have traveled almost every month to an inner city school both in my hometown of Richmond and elsewhere across the country, spending time in these schools with inner city students and kids. I don't look at them being invisible I look at them as inspiration. I met a young boy in New Orleans named Brian, and here's a kid who -- he never met his mom or knew who she was. The only time he has ever spoken with his father is through prison bars. He is being raised by his grandmother, and he recently found out his grandma was recently diagnosed with cancer. Yet, he was a positive kid. He was working to go to college. Here he was inner city school in New Orleans. Able to be on that school because of a common sense conservative policy of education choice by Governor Jindal. We have solutions to help these kids. These kids are our inspiration.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, the problem I have with this in particular is the use of anonymous source. A "GOP friend," I mean we saw Senator Harry Reid on the floor talking about Romney and some anonymous source told him that Romney didn't pay taxes. You know, in the courtroom, you would be thrown out of the witness -- out of the witness stand and the judge would tell the jury to ignore it. Are you willing to call out your own party when your own party if it uses these sort of anonymous horrible statements about each other?

CANTOR: I mean, this is why so many people across the country are so sick about what goes on in Washington. We shouldn't be hurling accusations.

VAN SUSTEREN: Nameless.

CANTOR: And doings things like that. I mean, the minority leader in the house should really, I think, apologize for that statement. That's outrageous. We all want to help inner city kids we all want to help people. And the debate should be around what's the best way to help people. We feel that we have common sense conservative solutions that actually can produce results like those in Louisiana that are helping Brian.

VAN SUSTEREN: As I, I also called the media with that gross overuse of anonymous source. I don't like when the media uses it so liberally as well. Gabriella Miller a 10-year-old terrible tragic case, died of brain cancer last year, but there's a new law or soon to be if the president signs it.

CANTOR: You know, a lot of people complain and it's legitimate in their complaints about what doesn't get done, and what's wrong with this place in Washington, but this particular instance is something that went right. The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act was a bill which says we ought to choose pediatric medical research over politics. What the bill is basically taking moneys out of the fund where you have taxpayer dollars going to pay for political conventions.

VAN SUSTEREN: Which are a party's party.

CANTOR: Lavish parties, we all know. You stop spending taxpayer dollars for that and let's do it for something to help save lives and cure disease, which are exactly what this is. It's a bill that inspired by little girl name is Gabriella Miller. She's from Leesburg, Virginia diagnosed at 9 years old inoperable brain tumor, became very passionate about the cause. She was a force of nature as a 9- and 10-year-old. Unfortunately she just passed away in the fall. Greg Harper, a colleague of mine in Mississippi, had this bill and I met the parents and named the bill after Gabriella.

VAN SUSTEREN: It is a Republican introduced bill.

CANTOR: It was Republican introduced.

VAN SUSTEREN: And Senate has also passed it?

CANTOR: Amazing, this week, Greta, the Senate went and cleared this bill. And so, it's on its way to the president's desk. And I look forward to the president signing it because what this does is we all came together, we all were able to actually produce a positive result to help cure disease and to help promote research in the area of pediatric diseases.

VAN SUSTEREN: Which is maybe a little bit to loop back to the beginning where leader Pelosi said that Republicans were indifferent to this is of course to poor people, struggling families, and hungry children, at least we could see an indifferent to suffering children.

CANTOR: You're exactly right. We can work together towards that end.

VAN SUSTEREN: Leader, nice to see you, sir.

CANTOR: Great to be with you, Greta.

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VAN SUSTEREN: We also speak with Leader Cantor about ObamaCare. You can see the rest of our interview on GretaWire.com.