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Updated: PhillyClout: Majority Leader Cantor Cancels Univ. of Penn. Speech

Updated: Statement From Mark Nicastre, a spokesman with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party:

“Majority Leader Eric Cantor canceled his speech on income inequality after his office learned the speech was open to the public. It shows that Eric Cantor is afraid to face the public with his policies because he knows that Republicans are wrong on the middle class. Republican policies, driven by the Tea Party, have favored corporate special interests over the middle class – from the Republican plan to end Medicare as we know it to Republican opposition to investments in middle class families. Eric Cantor is afraid to face the public because he knows he has the wrong policies for the middle class.”

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U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican majority leader in the U.S. House, canceled his scheduled speech at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business because if was going to be open to the first 300 people who showed up.  Given that hundreds of Occupy Philadelphia protesters were planning to march from City Hall to the campus to protest the speech, that could have been lively audience.

“The Office of the Majority Leader was informed last night by Capitol Police that the University of Pennsylvania was unable to ensure that the attendance policy previously agreed to could be met,” Cantor spokeswoman Laena Fallon said in an email. “Wharton is a educational leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, and the Majority Leader appreciated the invitation to speak with the students, faculty, alumni, and other members of the UPenn community.”

6 Responses

  1. Why give a speech that will be shouted down by people who have already made up their minds?

    It’s cowardly to shut down opposing viewpoints you don’t agree with using an illegal demonstration that the mayor is too afraid to hold accountable to the law.

  2. and this wimp Cantor wonders why republicans do not carry pennsylvania in even number years for president…i will be so happy when cantor is relegated to the back bench.

  3. I include U of PA among those universities that are under the complete control of Progressives/Marxists. As it was with Columbia U – when radical and violent thugs suppress freedom of speech from one group yet promote the same for radicals the institutions are best suited to function in Russia, not the U.S.

  4. according to Penn, his speech was laways open to the public. So he is not only a coward, he’s a baldfaced liar, too. Quel surprise!

  5. That is an act of cowardice; but in a way this act symbolizes his do-nothing Congress… oh wait, he did do one thing and that was to extend tax cuts for the rich, by holding middle class tax cuts hostage. He did do that.

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