October 07, 2011 “Huffington Post’ – – WASHINGTON — Top House GOP leaders assured attendees at the 2011 Values Voter Summit Friday morning that despite all the attention on fixing the nation’s economy, they remain committed to pushing the priorities of social conservatives, including defunding Planned Parenthood and defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) addressed the gathering of religious conservatives in Washington, D.C., where several of the GOP presidential candidates will also be speaking.
Cantor used part of his address to attack the Occupy Wall Street protests, and he condemned political leaders who are supporting them.
“This administration’s failed policies have resulted in an assault on many of our nation’s bedrock principles,” he said. “If you read the newspapers today, I, for one, am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country. And believe it or not, some in this town, have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans. But you sent us here to fight for you and all Americans.”
But when he spoke at the Values Voter Summit in 2009, Cantor expressed a very different sentiment toward another movement that was arguably “pitting Americans against Americans” — the Tea Party.
At that time, Cantor praised those protesters as “fighting on the fighting lines of what we know is a battle for our democracy.”
“People are beginning to wake up and see a country they don’t really recognize,” said Cantor.