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. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    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.

    March 26, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. jim love

    who cares?

    March 26, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Time for Term Limits

    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?

    March 26, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. Nevada Independant

    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.

    March 26, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    this guy looks like a chester.

    March 26, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    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!

    March 26, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. Tosin baltimore

    The return of GOP...the leaders our children should look up to.

    Obama 2012

    March 26, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. JonDie

    He was at a Britney Spears concert to get ideas on how to run the GOP.

    March 26, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Donatella

    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

    March 26, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Chuck

    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.

    March 26, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. Martin Carlson

    Lame excuse for a night out from a lame excuse.

    March 26, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    If anyone believes this story I have some swamp land in Florida.

    March 26, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Peter

    This guy needs to resign

    March 26, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. BooStinky

    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!

    March 26, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. Arlette

    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?

    March 26, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. chuck


    March 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  17. Dave

    Probabbly another republican PERVERT.
    He was there without his teen daughter???
    Sumthin fishy there....

    March 26, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. kayla

    it seems that the repugs has not gotten over their lost. stop being cry babies and lets move on. FOR THE COUNTRYS" SAKE. PLEASE.

    March 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    I bet she wishes she was dancing around in a trenchcoat now.

    March 26, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    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?

    March 26, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. Rick

    My guess is, he's just using Britney to get closer to Justin Timberlake.

    March 26, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  22. magella

    Just another form of toe tapping from another Republican.

    March 26, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  23. Chris

    Sorry? Say again??? What kind of weird is he?

    March 26, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  24. yoyolite


    March 26, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. yoyolite

    Was he recruiting teens at the concert? He finally listened to Steele. Say hhhhoooooo!!!

    March 26, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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