The Washington Times - September 3, 2009, 07:21PM

This afternoon I interviewed GOP Whip Eric Cantor, who disputed the stimulus projections Vice President Biden laid out in a speech earlier.

At the end of the interview we talked a bit about President Obama’s upcoming health care address Wednesday before a joint session of Congress.

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There’s only been one other non-war time address from a president - and that was in September 1993 when President Clinton began his own health care reform battle in earnest.

Cantor and I talked about how Republicans would behave, and I asked if it would be like a State of the Union when they sit on their hands or hiss for parts they don’t agree with.

I also asked Cantor if there were going to be any “no Tweeting” rules for Republicans, since some of them had busy thumbs during Obama’s winter quasi-State of the Union address.

“I don’t think we’re going to be guiding the caucus to boo or applaud or whatever. We’re all going to be very attentive,” he said.

Culberson is a frequent user of the Twitter machine, as I noted in a story examining the GOP’s social media strategy.

Will the caucus tell Culberson to cool it?

I asked Cantor.

“No comment. I don’t think the American people are interested in that or not,” he said, adding: “It is time for some adult behavior here.”

 

— Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent, The Washington Times

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