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Cantor welcomes Obama to Richmond, in a way

Rosalind Helderman

President Obama's visit to rainy Richmond on Wednesday for one of a series of backyard chats on the economy with middle-class supporters takes him to the back yard of one of his leading congressional nemeses.

The Southampton Recreation Center that Obama will visit in the late afternoon sits in the district of House Minority Whip Eric Cantor. Cantor has been one of the GOP's most vocal Obama critics and has slammed the president for advocating letting Bush-era tax cuts expire for families that earn more than $250,000 a year.

Anticipating the event, Cantor has now released a "rebuttal" video, in which he says that anytime the president wants to visit Richmond, he's welcome. But Cantor goes on to once again push Obama to repeal the Bush tax cuts for all income brackets.

"Now the President has chosen to visit my district today in Richmond. He's going to talk to some folks and anytime the President wants to come to Richmond, we welcome him. I hope he hears what I have heard from the families and small business people that I represent," he says.

Watch Cantor's full remarks:

By Rosalind Helderman  | September 29, 2010; 1:25 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama, Eric Cantor, Rosalind Helderman  
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