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Outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor praised and thanked his colleagues in his farewell address to the chamber, but ...
warned of the 'instability and terror' he sees coming from 'every corner of the globe.' (July 31)
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DURATION: 1:11SHOTLIST:HOUSE TV - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington DC - July 31, 20141. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader:"Walking into this building and walking onto this floor is something that excited me every day since I was first elected to Congress, as it should. Not one of us should ever take for granted the awesome honor and responsibility we have to serve our fellow Americans. This is a privilege of a lifetime."BITES SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader:"I look around at colleagues on both sides of the aisle, at chairmen, ranking members at my good friend Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, all of whom have soberly and seriously helped ensure a fight for a strong foreign policy so our nation can lead in order to keep our people safe. Yet never before have I been more worried about the prospects of that peace due to our diminished engagement on the world stage. Instability and terror seem to be coming from every corner of the globe. The Middle East is in chaos. Iran is marching towards a nuclear weapon. Russia has reverted to a Cold War footing and invaded Ukraine."STORYLINE:The outgoing House Majority leader says he's never been more concerned about the prospect for peace in the world than he is upon his departure from the Republican leadership.Rep. Eric Cantor says instability and terror "seem to be coming from every corner of the globe," and he's concerned about what he sees as America's "diminished engagement on the world stage."The Virginia Republican gave a farewell speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday in Washington as his colleagues prepared to adjourn for their five-week August recess.In the fall, Cantor will return to Congress as member of the GOP rank and file to serve out the remainder of his term representing Virginia's 7th district. Rep. Kevin McCarthy is the incoming House Majority Leader.In his speech, Cantor also praised and thanked his fellow representatives for their service and said walking into the Capitol building is still something that excites him every day.