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INTERVIEW: President pushes Health Reform

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - President Obama is taking his fight for health care reform straight to the American people. He spoke to a crowd at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania this morning, but there are a lot of skeptics of the plan- including local Congressman Eric Cantor. 

Despite his busy schedule, the House Minority Whip found time to join us here on First at Four. See the video at right for the full interview.  

Q: First- there is no doubt you have become a national figure. You are regularly on Meet the Press, CNN, The Today Show. Are you concerned at all, that this heavy lift you are doing as a leader of your party is putting you in a position where you won't be able to concentrate on local issues? 

Q: And being that leading voice against the Obama healthcare plan, has made you a target of the left, and you have had a couple of very public exchanges with the president, where he seems a bit annoyed with you. Here is one that is making waves on the internet from the health care summit. 

Cantor: "We don't like this bill, I think you know that, the American people don't care for this bill, I think we demonstrated that with the polling that they don't"

Obama: "When we do props like this and you repeat 2400 pages, etc. You know, the truth of the matter is that health care is complicated, these are the kinds of political things we do that prevent us from having a conversation." 

Q: Were you grandstanding, by bringing that bill to the summit? 

Q: Polls show a general distrust with government. That includes republicans and democrats. Are you concerned that if you don't find ways to work with the administration, that come 2010 voters will be turned off by the GOP as well? 

Q: Finally a political question for you- are you formally endorsing one of the several republican candidates seeking the nomination to run in Virginia's 5th Congressional District? 

Q: After the 2010 election, will there be more republicans in the House from Virginia, than democrats? 

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