TULSA - Eric Cantor, the Majority Leader of the US House of Representatives, visited Tulsa Tuesday to help raise funds for Congressman Jim Bridenstine's 2014 re-election campaign.
He spoke briefly about his belief in Bridenstine's future as a leader in the GOP and on Capitol Hill.
He then took a few questions, and KRMG had the only Tulsa broadcast reporter in the room.
We asked about the direction the Republican Party will take to try and rebuild its momentum, and whether it will need to move either right or left.
"I think that's really a false sort of portrayal of...the decision of where the party needs to go," Cantor replied. "Our party has always stood for the principals of limited government. We've always said "government if necessary, but not necessarily government."
He added that "we've always believed that allowing people to keep more of their money is the way to grow an economy, and to get more efficient in the spending of those tax dollars, let the taxpayers keep more of those dollars."
He said the party will apply the principals for which it stands to the challenges which people face every day.
Noting that Oklahoma has a strong job market, due largely to the energy industry, the nation as a whole still has real problems.
"Wages for the lower-income worker have not increased, in fact in many studies, shown to have decreased over the last decade. These are the real problems and challenges that people in America are facing, and if we're going to maintain our competitiveness and economic strength, we've got to as conservatives and Republicans provide solutions to that. And we believe we have the solutions. For more jobs, for bigger paychecks, and to give those folks who don't have the skills necessary to allow them to access those skills so they can seek the opportunity that so many of us do have."
But raising the minimum wage, he said, is not on the table.
"I think most people would assume that you impose that kind of a climate on small business and business in general, you're going to have less jobs."
Bridenstine faces a race for re-election in Oklahoma's First Congressional District.
The fundraiser for that campaign was hosted by Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, and held at his home.
Bridenstine was a strong supporter of Bartlett's re-election as mayor.