Wasserman Schultz, Cantor Trade Blame on Tax Cut Inaction

Posted October 10, 2010 at 9:22am

House Democratic Chief Deputy Whip Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) blamed Republicans on Sunday for the House’s decision to adjourn without voting on extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.

“I think it was disgusting that the Republicans held the middle-class tax cuts hostage,” she said on “Fox News Sunday,” adding that the GOP has an “obsession” with extending the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) countered that the blame lies with Democrats, who control both chambers and the presidency. Cantor also appeared on Fox News.

The two Members tangled on entitlement reform, a moratorium on housing foreclosures and the quality of the parties’ House candidates.

Wasserman Schultz pointed to Rich Iott of Ohio as an example of ill-equipped GOP candidates. It was reported last week that Iott used to act as a Nazi impersonator in World War II re-enactments with his son. She held up his opponent, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, as a Democrat who would be re-elected.

For his part, Cantor said he would “repudiate” involvement with Nazi re-enactments.