Cantor: Limbaugh's Hitler Rhetoric Not 'Helpful'

House Republican whip makes rare criticism of mighty Rush
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2009 9:46 AM CST
Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., appears on "Fox News Sunday" in July.   (AP Photo/FOX News Sunday, Freddie Lee)
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(Newser) – Eric Cantor ventured into unusual territory for a Republican lawmaker: criticism of Rush Limbaugh. Asked by a Bloomberg interviewer about Limbaugh's comparison of President Obama's governing style to Hitler's, the House Republican whip responded: “Do I condone the mention of Hitler in any discussion about politics? No, I don’t, because obviously that is something that conjures up images that frankly are not, I think, very helpful.”

The GOP must remain inclusive and unified or risk losing more ground, he warned. “The Republican Party in its roots is a party of inclusion and we ought to be promoting that and making sure that voices are heard." That's the "lesson" the party must learn from Tuesday's election: It stuck together in Virginia and New Jersey and won the governor seats, but lost the NY-23 congressional seat over party fissures.