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. SouthernMan

    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.

    March 26, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. greg in fl

    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!!!

    March 26, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. DJW

    You can tell where his head is

    March 26, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Kevin B

    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.

    March 26, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. alvino

    No wonder the repubs do not have time to come up with any plans on the economy, they are hanging out with teenagers.

    March 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. zaphod2000

    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.

    March 26, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. dennisk

    It's perfect–phony politician goes to see phony singer.

    March 26, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Barbara Campbell

    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.

    March 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Thomas

    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.

    March 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Jack in Florida

    Talk about pandering.........................very sad.

    March 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. John P

    He was there for the GOP team to recruit Britney as the new GOP Leader !!

    March 26, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. SouthernMan

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    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.

    March 26, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Shonna

    Do your thing Cantor, it's all in good fun.

    March 26, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. Confused in Cali

    Get a clue!!!!!

    March 26, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. cjr

    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!

    March 26, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Roy

    Hmmmm....next congressional candidate for a underage sex scandal?? Can't stop Cantor the Rantor!

    March 26, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. Ameria in Georgia

    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.

    March 26, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. Paula, Seattle, WA

    Another Republican hopeful for 2012 proves to fall into the moron category.... Palin, Jindal, Cantor, NEXT!!

    March 26, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. John in Binghamton

    Why was he there again? I think the look on his face says it all...

    March 26, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Rocky

    Britney would do a better job than their current leader – Rush.

    March 26, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. Sheri in Louisville KY

    Cantor, Cantor!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Man you need a reality check. You man are soooooooooooo out of touch.

    March 26, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. Pam

    Cantor you are such bad news. 'DONT'T EVEN GO THERE! OUT OF TOUCH with us

    March 26, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. Joe in NJ

    '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.

    March 26, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Kevin B

    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.

    March 26, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. RMG

    LOL....no surprise here.

    March 26, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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