Cantor: Pelosi Should Apologize for ‘Hungry Children’ Comment (Updated)

Posted March 14, 2014 at 9:20am

Updated 12:04 p.m. | House Majority Leader Eric Cantor wants House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to apologize for saying that an anonymous Republican friend told her the party does not care about struggling families and hungry children.  

“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,” the Virginia Republican told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.  Pelosi said over the weekend at the California Democrats State Convention in Los Angeles that an anonymous Republican friend told her that “struggling families and really hungry children” are “invisible, and the Republican caucus is indifferent to them.”  

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement that Pelosi will not apologize: “Leader Pelosi’s statement is consistent with the House Republican record, with which Leader Cantor is surely familiar.”  

Cantor said during the Fox News interview that he and other Republicans in fact do care about struggling children.  

“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 being an inspiration,” he said.