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November 5th, 2014
03:19 PM ET

Cantor: GOP has a chance to show it can govern, but shouldn't overreach

(CNN) – Now that Republicans control both chambers of Congress, former Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the party now has to to get things done.

The GOP needs to "put forward an agenda and a platform that can appeal to working middle class of this country, that has been so, in a way, felt that they've been left out of what's going on in terms of upper mobility. And I think that should be the ultimate focus," said Cantor.

In other words, do not force a government shutdown, or focus on repealing Obamacare. The Republican-led House has voted to undo all or parts of the Affordable Care Act at least 50 times.

"Sort of been there, done that," said Cantor. "There are other things that need to take place, but I do think Republicans can do a lot of things whether it's in the area of energy production, pipeline construction, whether it is in medical device tax repeal in Obamacare, these kinds of things, that may not be the big items, but certainly can begin to build the confidence that the Republican Party can actually govern."

For more of our interview with former congressman Eric Cantor, check out the video above.

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