From NBC's Betsy Cline
House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) predicts next week's gubernatorial race in Virginia will be an "overwhelming victory" for Republican candidate Bob McDonnell. Republicans, he said, will use the win to address the American people about restoring balance in Washington.
In 2008, Virginia voted for President Obama by six percentage points, the first time the state had gone Democratic is a presidential race in 44 years. In a Washington Post poll released this morning, McDonnell leads Democrat Creigh Deeds by 11 points. Cantor called the change a "stunning turnabout," attributed to McDonnell's focus on jobs and fixing the economy.
Cantor said the Virginia race is a referendum on the Democrats' policies over the past year. "We've seen the intensity grow across the Commonwealth," Cantor said, "and it's premised on the rejection of the policies and over-reach seen on Capitol Hill."
Several other Republican members joined Cantor at a news conference following their closed conference meeting. Their message was clear: the Democrats' health care proposal is bad for taxpayers and for seniors.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) suggested starting from scratch on health reform.
"It's time to stop all this, hit the reset button, and start over in a bipartisan way," Boehner said.