At 10:00 am ET, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor delivers a speech at the Heritage Foundation on defense and national security. Here's a snippet of his address: "Yet at the very moment when our enemies are advancing -- and our friends are nervously watching -- this proven U.S. national security strategy appears to be in a rapid state of retreat. After 16 months, many of the Obama administration's policies reflect a fundamentally different ideological approach to foreign policy and national security. To be clear, the president deserves credit for not caving to those on the left who called for a withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan. And behind the scenes we have made progress eliminating al Qaeda through drone attacks in the Afpak region. But these efforts unfortunately have been the exception rather than the rule."
Cantor will add, "It was thus a fitting start to President Obama's term last year when he traveled to the Arab world to apologize on behalf of America... …But what does America have to be sorry for?"
Resurgent Republic, the GOP poll conducted by Ed Gillespie and Whit Ayers, has released a survey marking the group's one-year anniversary. Some highlights: "In the year since Resurgent Republic conducted its inaugural survey in April 2009, President Obama and Democrats in Congress have seen dramatic deterioration of their public standing… Today, by more than a two-to-one margin, self-identified Independents think 'we need more Republicans in Congress to act as a check and balance on runaway Washington government that is bankrupting the country and mortgaging our children's future' versus those who think 'more Republicans in Congress will lead to more gridlock and stand in the way of President Obama's agenda to create jobs and make needed reforms to our economy.'"
More: "In last year's initial survey, President Obama enjoyed a 61 to 32 percent approval rating (+29), with 59 percent of Independents approving of his job performance versus 32 percent disapproving (+27). Today the President's approval rating has fallen to 48 to 48 percent, including a 52 to 41 percent disapproval rating among Independents, a 29-point swing overall and a 38-point swing among Independents."
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R) travels to Michigan today and tomorrow to campaign for gubernatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra (R) and congressional candidates Jay Riemersma (R) and Rocky Raczkowski (R).