March 26th, 2009
02:19 PM ET
5 years ago

Rep. Cantor speaks out on Britney concert

 Cantor called Britney Spears a a 'great performer.'
Cantor called Britney Spears a a 'great performer.'

(CNN) - House Republican Whip Eric Cantor - among the unlikeliest attendees at a Britney Spears concert earlier this week in Washington - told CNN Thursday he went to the teen-dominated show for a political event, to "help the team."

"I had a political event there, and it was simply because it was there to help the team, that's why I was there," Cantor told CNN's Dana Bash.

According to a Republican aide, Cantor was specifically raising money at the concert for his political action committee, ERICPAC. The event was hosted by the Truckers Association, which has a box at the Verizon Center, where Spears was performing.

The Web site Wonkette first reported Cantor was spotted at the event, which took place as President Obama held a prime-time press conference.

Cantor told CNN the concert - part of the singer's "Circus" tour - was "quite a show."

"I hand it to the performer, she was something," he said.

The congressman also said his daughter was "really mad" he did not bring her to the concert. "She had school that day, and the next, and I wasn't going to bring her up here to miss it."


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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Andi

    Wow. I just can't seem to put my thoughts into words on this one.

    March 26, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. snarkysparky

    Much Creepier Obama

    March 26, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Brendan M.

    So, he wanted to "help the team?" Which "team" is he batting for, again?

    March 26, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. bsmith171

    eric looks like an obama employee.

    WMWG!

    March 26, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    I can see him twiddling his fingers (similiar to Mr. Burns from the Simpson) as he said, "She is quite a show."

    March 26, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. helloooooOOOO

    I dont and never will trust this guy !!!

    March 26, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Zod

    Here's a riddle:

    How much money do teenie-boppers at a Britney Spears concert have?

    As much as a creepy middle-aged Republican child molester gives them.

    March 26, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Simmy

    It would have been hard to swoon over Britney with his daughter there. He would not have been able to be 'real.'

    March 26, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Deb

    Okay...he did not bring his daughter??? But he went??? He gives creepy a new meaning.

    March 26, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Creep?

    So here's the deal. you have a 46 yr old man who goes to a teeny concert alone and if his kid lives in the district he rep's then she shouldn't miss 2 days of school. it's a 2 hours away.

    March 26, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. meron

    He is the leader of good for nothing.

    March 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. RCLGuard

    He has a BS fetish. You can read between the lines on that statement.

    March 26, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Alex

    Ohh... such a nice dad, wouldn't take his daughter to the concert because she would go to bed an hour or two later... typical Republican hyporcite.

    March 26, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. KMP

    Hey Cantor so how is going to a Britney Concert now considered a political event even if some donors are there? Interesting I bet if Obama had done something like this you would have jumped all over him for not doing enough to help the economy and that he was wasn't taking his job seriously enough.

    March 26, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. John

    Why is it not surprising to find Republican leaders seeking more funding from white suburban teen consumers attending a bland, insipid pop music concert.

    March 26, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. also

    Republucan Whip Cantor said, "I had a political event there, and it was simply because it was there to help the team, that's why I was there." Huh? Is this type of speech contagious?

    March 26, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. rick61

    So, we're reduced to reporting on who went to the Brittany Spears concert. Of course, the story was recycled from Wonkette, so that makes it, you know, journalism.

    March 26, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Tax Cuts can increase that certain part of the male body!

    Obama answers questions from the American people, Republicans attend pop concerts.

    Wow......just WOW!

    March 26, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    So, does this mean that Britney Spears is a Republican and the new poster child for the next generation of GOP members? If yes, then the Republicans have bigger problems than just Rush Limbaugh, Michael Steele, Anne Coulter, Eric Cantor, Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal ... and so on ... and so on ...

    March 26, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Carol

    He saw Brittany's Concert – The "Circus Tour" – - How appropriate for him

    March 26, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. MICK in MESA

    This clown – along with the other moronic leaders of the "NO! everything" party – held an "emergency" press conference to annouce the details of their alternate budget proposal.
    I watched and once again nothing, bupkuss, nada. Same old-same old tax cuts for the rich and drill, baby drill.
    Nice job you idiots, keep up the good work on behalf of the American people...

    March 26, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    What Republican morals was that?

    LOL

    March 26, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Stike 1

    Cantor, truckers, and Britney. Going to have to figure it it was the big buckles or Spears gyrations that turned another "holier than thou" Republican on.

    March 26, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. sick n tired of being a victim of Nazi CNN moderators

    The GOP and Britney have one thing in common........................................The term " train-wreck " seems to jump right out at me.

    March 26, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  25. Chris

    Help the team?? Do many teenagers contribute to PACS?

    Cantor is a very odd fellow – maybe he has some kind of Britney fetish....some scandal will come out of it most likely, lol.

    March 26, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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