(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."
This douch bag is the GOP's version of Obama ? young &hip cyeah right! the gop pulled this crap before and we got eight years of "W" no more. it's not going to happen again.
Cantor is the best Britney Spears fan ever. I guess going to a Britney junket with fat-cat contributors is how Cantor conducts business as usual in Washington. Who paid for his tickets?
Eric Cantor skipped tuning in to Obama's press conference to attend a Brittany Spears concert...
and he left his daughter at home!
Maybe Brittany Spear helped the Republicans write that ridiculous joke they call a budget proposal. A budget proposal without a single figure in it is definitely a: Circus.
this guy looks like a chester.
That sissy goes off to a Britney Spears concert instead of being presnt for a Presidential address? And he's supposed to be a rising young spokesman for the Republican Party? Some spokesman...some party!
The return of GOP...the leaders our children should look up to.
He was at a Britney Spears concert to get ideas on how to run the GOP.
I can't beleive anybody over the age of 10 would even admit to being at a talent zero Britney Spears show, this shows this man has no taste, his credibility is thinkable, she is a horrible entertainer, she can't even sing, she lips at all of her shows pathetic
Picking Cantor as the minority Republican Whip is a mistake. He does not present well with that silly grin on his face whenever he talks. He also cannot and will not provide specific answers to specific questions posed to him. He comes across weak and not very knowledgeable.
The Republican Party is going down.
Lame excuse for a night out from a lame excuse.
If anyone believes this story I have some swamp land in Florida.
This guy needs to resign
Jeez Louise, do we have scrutinize every step a politician makes? I am a Democrat and if Cantor wants to go see Brit Britt, who cares. If he's on his own time and his own dime, who cares.
Every politician regardless of political affiliation deserves down time. I served in the military 20 years and can tell you, even soldiers in the field have down time. It doesn't mean they aren't ready or committed to the mission, but they need time to unwind, relax and brain dump a lot of stress that the average citizen can't even imagine.
We are becoming exactly what we hate in others. A bunch of emptyheaded Idiots!
Eric Cantor, who is one of the big, big recipients of campaign donations from big banks and bears above average responsibility for allowing this crisis, needs to return the $2500 of tax payer dollars accepted from CITIGROUP after the bailout to the U. S. Treasury. Where's the outrage CNN?
POOR JUDGEMENT BY THIS REPUG. IN WHAT LANGUAGE IS BRITNEY SPEARS IS A GOOD PERFORMER????? CANTOR IS A JOKE.
Probabbly another republican PERVERT.
He was there without his teen daughter???
Sumthin fishy there....
it seems that the repugs has not gotten over their lost. stop being cry babies and lets move on. FOR THE COUNTRYS" SAKE. PLEASE.
I bet she wishes she was dancing around in a trenchcoat now.
Shouldn't he be in DC working on the beefing up the GOP's pitiful 19 page budget proposal? LOL
Seriously...can you not see how idiotic those comments you GOPers make really are?
My guess is, he's just using Britney to get closer to Justin Timberlake.
Just another form of toe tapping from another Republican.
Sorry? Say again??? What kind of weird is he?
Was he recruiting teens at the concert? He finally listened to Steele. Say hhhhoooooo!!!