(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."
I never figured him for a Britney groupie, but there's no accounting for taste. I can't imagine him raising a lot of funds from the crowd at one of these concerts.
hahahahahaha....i am with obama-mama.. this just seems creepy, however, when first reading the story, i thought , hmmm, interesting way to reach out to younger voters, seeing how i just read the other day that spears is a republican, but then i read that he didnt let his young daugther go with him. so it was just him and a bunch of truckers in an arena box watching a sexy brittany slink around the stage.. doesnt she have a whip during the show.. are we sure they were JUST watching the show....
CANTOR , TRUCKERS and BRITTANY.. OH MY!!!
You can tell where his head is
If this an attempt to bcome relevant with younger voters, sorry it is weak and it won't work.
Republicans tend to remind most young voters of what they do not want to be like.
Closed minded and down right hateful. Even the guys daughter is pissed at him.
No wonder the repubs do not have time to come up with any plans on the economy, they are hanging out with teenagers.
Not sure what he meant by "she was something". These repugs are forever telling Obama not to have some down time. I hope he doesn't give his opinion of something Obama said when he much rather watch another has been on stage.
It's perfect–phony politician goes to see phony singer.
Didn't the neocons make fun of then-Senator Obama during his campaign by comparing him to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton? Now it turns out these hypocrites are drooling over such shallow celebrities. Every time you turn around, it's clear that the Republicans don't walk their talk.
What just happened?
... I read part of that story and I think I blacked out for a bit.
So truckers, got together with a congressman, to watch Brittney Spears?
Okay, sure, that all sounds about right.
Talk about pandering.........................very sad.
He was there for the GOP team to recruit Britney as the new GOP Leader !!
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Do your thing Cantor, it's all in good fun.
Get a clue!!!!!
creepy – creepy – he is like one of those kids in highschool who had to be in every picture and on every committee and everyone hated him!
Hmmmm....next congressional candidate for a underage sex scandal?? Can't stop Cantor the Rantor!
This man is full of hot air. He has way too much to say against the President but he says nothing. He is representative of how this country got into this situation. He went to see Briney Spears instead of listening to the President. The next day, he was the first person on TV talking against the President's policy! He didn't know what he was talking about, as usual.
I actually hope the GOP continues to allow him to be one of the many faces of the GOP! He is a prime example of why education in the US needs to focus on "thinking skills" because this man cannot think at all.
Another Republican hopeful for 2012 proves to fall into the moron category.... Palin, Jindal, Cantor, NEXT!!
Why was he there again? I think the look on his face says it all...
Britney would do a better job than their current leader – Rush.
Man you need a reality check. You man are soooooooooooo out of touch.
Cantor you are such bad news. 'DONT'T EVEN GO THERE! OUT OF TOUCH with us
'zaphod2000 March 26th, 2009 4:58 pm ET
Not sure what he meant by "she was something". '
Stop being paranoid. Everytime a Republican makes a statement, it's not a swipe at Obama. You're trying to imply that by him saying Spears was "something", he was saying that Obama is "nothing". Get real.
It looks like the loyal opposition has come with an alternative to the budget. I beleive it is the same weak soup sandwiwich measures and tax cuts for the wealthy that got us into this mess.
With some healthy handouts to big oil, insurance companies and no funding what so ever for education priorities.
These GOP guys are joke.
LOL....no surprise here.