Aggressively looking to distance themselves from their party’s past, three top Republican House members have written a book that repeatedly criticizes former GOP leaders as well as President Obama but lays out few new details of how Republicans would govern if they were in charge.
In “Young Guns,” scheduled for release Sept. 14, Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.), Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Paul D. Ryan (Wis.) cast the Republican congressional leaders who preceded them as a group that “betrayed its principles” and was plagued by “failures from high-profile ethics lapses to the inability to rein in spending or even slow the growth of government.” Cantor specifically says Republicans became “arrogant” and “out of touch.”
“Under Republican leadership in the early 2000s, spending and government got out of control,” McCarthy writes. “As government grew, there were scandals and political corruption. The focus became getting reelected rather than solving problems and addressing pressing issues.”