March 26th, 2009
02:19 PM ET
9 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. Paul

    And today Cantor was one of the Republicans touting their much anticipated alternative budget, which was 19 pages of vagueness except for the promise to drop the tax rate for the wealthiest Americans to the lowest rate since...1931. Apparently they don't think the Great Depression was all that bad.

    It wasn't an actual budget, of course, just like their housing plan ("we don't know how much it will cost") was not an actual housing plan. be nice if CNN gave a little more time to these stories.

    March 26, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Cruzan Obama Mama

    LMAO!!!!!!!! This I cannot believe. He has been on every news outlet dogging all of Obama's statements & ideas, but he could not attend the press conference to be front and center to see BRITNEY SPEARS for a fundraiser. YOU HAVE GOTTA TO BE KIDDING ME!!!!

    To make it worse he did not take his daughter? He went by himself? Now that is just creeping!!!! Wonder what dirty thoughts were going through his mind as he marveled at her performing skills. Since he had nothing better to do that night. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!

    March 26, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. shawn, pgh, pa

    For a man that preachers morality I just say wow. People have to watch out for people who speak morality to others and does the opposite themselves. I say so next time Cantor you try to give others advise on how they should act please look in the mirror.

    March 26, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. I Am The Great And Powerful Wizard Of Rush

    So why did Cantor spend so much time criticizing Obama for going on Leno? Oh yeah, he took the rushpublican HYPOCRITIC oath.

    March 26, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Jay Peller

    Cantor at a Brittney concert ........sounds about right........I guess he needed to take a break from all his effortless work of providing zero ideas to a morally and scoially corrupt republican party..........ooops he did it again..........absolutely nothing

    March 26, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Dee

    Rep Canter, U are a Dad,way MONEY vs your Baby! Spear is money, your baby has tape in her ipod!

    March 26, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. sick n tired of biased CNN moderator censorship

    "Yep" Lets focus our attention on the lowest common denominator of society that should win us a few elections! Oh and yes CNN I fully expect you to not post my comment! I mean, thats what censorship is all about isn't it?

    March 26, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    Obviously he's batting for the T & A Team if he thought B. Spears was more important than a sitting President's news conference.

    Rethuglicriminals HAVE no SHAME ... or INTELLIGENCE, for that matter ...

    March 26, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Moving Forward!

    And this idiot is expecting people to vote for him???? Good Luck!

    March 26, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Billy

    Nothing like hanging out with the teenagers, picking up chicks...

    March 26, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Anthony

    What team was he on and the last time i check during the presidential election, he was not even claiming to be a Republican. Wow now he want to be on the team.

    March 26, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Joe in StL

    Cantor went to a Brittney Spears concert with truckers?

    Can the GOP get any weirder, seriously?

    March 26, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Lori

    Hey, the only people that like the Republicans right now are the 4 to 13 year old set... And that's because they don't better.

    March 26, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. karen

    This is a pretty good demonstration of where Republican heads (talking and otherwise) are!

    March 26, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Amazed

    GOoPs did it again.

    March 26, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Ekbaaaaaaal from AZ



    This is what the YOUNG GOP leaders decide to do while the Obama & Dems are pounding on the party philosophies and interestingly while Obama is engaging the country and the youth on energizing the nation!!!

    KEEP IT UP .. – mudhapakkahs .. You are all extinct by 2012

    March 26, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. am

    does he like spears?

    March 26, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. To RUSH and JINDAL: I do not want the levees in Louisiana or Florida to fail, just the policies of the Corp. of Engineers building them!!!

    Republican, teenage males, bathroom stall...


    March 26, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Doc

    This guy is the smarmiest prevarocator who has walked the halls in congress. He is BS incarnate.

    March 26, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Accountability

    Just another repressed, white Republican.

    March 26, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. barbara miller

    Eric – what a riot. Hey, how come there are NO stories around these parts about the unveiling of that sensational budget today??
    Cen sor s*ip much around here?

    March 26, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Mehmoud Pasha from NC


    did you stick in (the GOP budget) in her spoilt arse?????

    I don't see it anywhere...

    And where was Boehner?

    March 26, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. donald hamilton

    sick cantor reps need counselling sick old man

    March 26, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. MW

    Why do I always think this guy is about to burst out into a few choruses of "Deutchland Uber Alles"?

    March 26, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Rich

    Imagine, Britney Spears opening the mind of a Republican. Imagine what Madonna could do for Cantor.

    March 26, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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