Cantor Carves Out Role at Convention

The Hill Reports: Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is not speaking at the 2012 Republican convention, but the House majority leader has been plenty busy this week in the Sunshine State. Cantor has met with swing-state delegations, appeared on various media outlets and made a bold Election Day prediction.

Some GOP lawmakers have privately indicated they are confused that Cantor, the first member of GOP leadership to endorse Mitt Romney’s presidential bid during the primary, doesn’t have a prime-time speaking role.

 Four years ago, Cantor was slated to speak at the convention before the Republican National Committee opted to cut a day from the four-day event because of Hurricane Gustav.

Cantor, the only Jewish Republican serving in Congress, showed no sign that he is upset about not speaking this time around.

The six-term lawmaker said that freshman Republicans and GOP candidates should have time to speak to a national audience from the convention stage: “Our bench is deep … if they can get some national exposure by speaking, that is terrific.”

While Democrats say they have a good shot at winning back control of the House, Cantor said on Wednesday the GOP is in good shape to expand its majority.

“I believe we’re going to be strengthening our majority and, frankly, expanding it,” Cantor told The Hill following a breakfast meeting at the Embassy Suites where he spoke to the Michigan delegates.

He predicted that Republicans could net as many as 10 seats in November. Democrats need to capture 25 seats to reclaim the majority.

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