Wait...Who's coming to dinner?
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Vice President Joe Biden and their wives will sit down to dinner tonight at the VP's official residence. (photo credit: Getty Images)
November 2nd, 2011
11:40 AM ET

Wait...Who's coming to dinner?

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, are hosting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and his wife, Diana, for dinner tonight.

It may seem like an unusual double date.  Cantor has often been a thorn in the White House's side, pulling out of "the Biden talks" on deficit reduction in June to leave negotiations on raising the debt ceiling to President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.  Those negotiations ultimately failed to reach a "grand bargain" to reduce the deficit by several trillion dollars over ten years.

But the two have genuine affection for each other, Democratic and Republican sources say, much to the bewilderment of some White House aides I've spoken to.

"The Vice President and Congressman Cantor have developed a close relationship while working together over the past year," an official in the Vice President's Office says. "This dinner with their wives is a personal occasion."

"Leader Cantor has a great respect for and built a friendship with Vice President Biden from their work together this year," a source in Cantor's office says. "This social dinner is a continuation of that friendship with their wives.  They've been trying to get together for some time."

The four will dine at the Vice President's official residence on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory.

soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. MTATL67

    At least the Obstructionist has some respect. He needs to have respect for the will of the people and less love of his own ego. I hope Virginians have the good sense to vote this guy out of office.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • From TEXAS

      I couldn't have said it better...

      November 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • Ann Marie

      He need to throw in a little respect for our POTUS too.

      November 2, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Howard

      Congressman Cantor ... be careful. When the obama's say they want to have you for dinner,
      you may find yourself stewing in a big pot shortly after your arrival.

      November 2, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
      • Steveo

        Howard ,

        Did you bother to read this article? Cantor is having dinner with VP Biden and not the President! Statements like yours cause those on the left to believe everybody in the GOP/Tea party are this way! Debate policy. Leave the racial innuendo out! Come on man! Be better than this!

        November 2, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • racegirl1

      so do I, I wish some other state would take him

      November 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  2. Clint, Wa.

    Yo Joe, show em you are more then willing to make cuts, take them to McDonalds.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • Larry M

      I like it!!!

      Eric, nice meal they are setting up in there! Steak, baked potato, the works. Grab you coat. We're heading to Mickey D's. You can order off the dollar menu.

      November 2, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  3. Ray E. Georgia

    Well I never got a dinner! Fiscal Responsibility is the issue. Cantor knows it and is trying to keep the Titanic from dissapperaing beneath the waves. Some call it Obstruction, I call it common sense. We need more Cantor's. I suspect we will get them next election. Take responsibility for your life, don't wait for the Government to do it for you.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Dan5404

      Actually, I think Cantor sees the writing on the wall for his job unless he and the other obstructionists get off their political suicide Norquist contract and begin to do what the majority of Americans want; compromise with reasonable revenue increases plus large spending cuts...exactly what Obama and Boehner had agreed on until Boehner's Norquist/Tea Party handlers made him back out.

      November 2, 2011 at 4:19 pm |

    They have to do this....the super committee's work is due soon, and these two, will have to go back to their parties, and jockey for votes for this crap sandwich, that MUST be passed.

    Obama 2012!!!

    November 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  5. Common Sense

    Well, I'll just be blunt. Cantor is an intellectual midget. He's a right-wing, knee-jerk partisan hack who would probably pimp his own mother if it would get him ahead politically.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Howard

      common sense ... that's what you named yourself ?
      ... what a misnomer. You pompus, condescending A hole.
      You insult an accomplished man of respect, like Congressman Cantor,
      while praising a do nothing, empty suit like obama. You're a fool !!!

      November 2, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
    • arduck

      Howard, while I might agree that Common Sense used a few ill-chosen words, I have to say, "so did you". Cantor? A man of respect? That is a mighty stretch. To get respect, you have to give it, begrudgingly or not.

      November 3, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  6. Martha in CF

    How many times do the Dems have to cater to the Repubs? It would be nice if they could agree on something. I give Biden a lot of credit for trying to work with Cantor. All I can say is good luck!!!!!! I am sure Biden will be prepared for all the NO's said at the table........

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  7. jon

    Yeah, let's elect another Republican for president, so they can rip us a new one again!

    November 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  8. deb0155

    Doesn't the drama ever stop in Washington? How can we respect any of these people in Washington – Democrats or Republicans – they act like children.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • steveo


      I hear you loud and clear and I agree with you BUT we keep sending them back there! Some of this is our (the electorates) fault as well!

      November 3, 2011 at 8:46 am |
  9. Thomas

    Cantor want to run in 2016 , no way will he ever be president !

    Cantor , highest paid lobbyist in DC !

    November 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  10. ted

    And Barack and Michelle will make a surprise appearance and corner that Repukelican and call him out from all the obstruction he causes. No free lunch (or dinner) for CANTor.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm |

    Mr. Cantor along with Mr. Boner need to go. They have nothing to help the country, just to obstruct progress and the President. They are far more interested in playing politics than moving our country forward. 2012 can't get here soon enough so we can send all of the GOP packing for home.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • DB

      Yea Frank,

      And your beloved Harry Reid is just a great ambassador the US. He and Pelosi are 1000 times worse than Cantor!

      November 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  12. older than dirt

    Cantor is a snake in the grass. Biden would be wise to avoid getting in striking distance.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  13. Ken in NC

    Vice President Biden shouldn't break bread with Cantor. What he should do is break Cantor.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  14. ART

    Mr vice President don't waste your time with this do and no nothing moron

    November 2, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  15. steveo

    Classy move by the VP. Classier than some of these last few comments above mine!

    November 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  16. CandyT

    Should have waiting til after the 2012 elections. Biden could have served the newly unemployed Cantor a little crow!

    November 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  17. Charles Moore

    Let's hope they put rodent poison in Cantor's dinner.

    November 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  18. ushj

    here's how i imagine the dinner conversation to go:
    mrs. biden: eric, would you like soup or salad?
    eric cantor: no.
    mrs. biden: well... how about some appetizers?
    eric cantor: no.
    mrs. biden: okay... well since we didn't know what you wanted to eat for the main course, we've got chicken, pork, beef, seafood, and even a vegetarian dish as well. would you like one of those?
    eric cantor: no.
    mrs. biden: ... how about some desert then?
    eric cantor: no.
    mrs. biden: well eric, what would you like?
    eric cantor: more tax cuts for the rich.

    the end.

    November 2, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  19. sequoia

    Cantor is a spoiled little petulant brat. It's amazing the kind of people Republicans admire. Truly stunning.

    November 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • DEEJ

      And the VP isn't?

      November 2, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  20. ED FL

    Any and all respect for Biden has gone down the tubes. This cantor dude has been a thorn in everything the democrats are trying to do. Most Americans would not let cantor into their dog house much less a Taxpayers house. What a let downfrom a once highly respected person.

    November 2, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
  21. Dee

    Cantor has no respect for the President of the United States or the Vice President in public he and Boehner are jerks and think that they are the President and can say what they want to say and it is okay.

    President Obama has more class than either of the two but their downfall is going to be the people of Occupy Wallstreet, they are going to be their worst nightmare.

    Cantor needs to remember he his Jewish because Boehner and Mitch are only using him as a mouthpiece.

    November 3, 2011 at 3:04 am |
  22. Demogoat

    Maybe they are going to talk about the 25% increase in their wealth and where they might vacation together.

    November 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  23. DB

    Well I thought I was reading a CNN post, but clearly this is MSNBC post in hiding. I see where the left wing whack jobs are hiding. If you don't know who I am referring to, all of you look in the mirror and get behind Biden, Pelosi and Reid!

    November 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  24. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Right Dee; the only reason the GOP cares anything about a JEW is his money! They know the JEWS OWN just about everything; if they don't own it they are BIG time stockholders, CEOs or at least high profiled officials in most companies. I also just like to say they're using CAIN as a mouthpiece. The GOP has no intention of putting a 'black man' in the WHITEHOUSE period! Especially a stupid one like him, who can turn so easily on his own! Intelligent white Americans ought to see him as who he is; a TRAITOR!

    November 13, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  25. Liz Carter in Georgia

    ...If he can do and say those things Yagainst his own race, his own blood and flesh, denounce any possibility of generationally-caused obvious reasons as to why most 'poor' people were left out, left back, tricked, overlooked, oppressed, suppressed, depressed, disenfranchised for WHATEVER reasons, uneducated, addicted to drugs and alcohol, no encouragemental support, no trust, no self-esteem, not even an understanding of an 'HIGHER POWER', HERMAN CAIN says what 'THEY' want him to say 'IT'S THEIR FAULT'!

    November 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  26. Jim

    There was a time when politicians from opposing parties would get together socially, and things would get done. Now, if Boehner and Obama could sneak a quick cigarette and a few beers behind the White House, I bet we could all get back to work!

    December 2, 2011 at 10:41 am |