June 12th, 2014
11:52 AM ET
6 months ago

CNN exclusive: Dave Brat: Needs to 'decompress after that election'

(CNN) - After pulling off the biggest upset victory of the primary season, Republican congressional nominee Dave Brat says he's still processing it all.

"I need a few days to decompress after that election," Brat exclusively told CNN on Thursday, two days after the tea party-backed economics professor toppled House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the GOP primary in Virginia's 7th Congressional District.

"I’m just so happy with the outcome of the election. I literally have a thousand emails, a thousand voicemails so I'm just trying to catch up on everything," he added.

His constituents spoke, Brat said, "I think they want a new direction in Washington, D.C."

Cantor 'earthquake' rattles Capitol Hill

"So, if they think I'm a part of that, I'm absolutely humbled by the vote - that's what I ran on."

Brat campaigned heavily on the issue of immigration, calling Cantor's support for minor reforms "amnesty." His win is seen as the end to any chance immigration reform passes the Republican-controlled House this year.

Asked about the fate of immigration reform, Brat steered away from talking policy.

"The first thing we need to do - we have disaster on the border right now, humanitarian disaster so we need to close down the border and I'll just leave it at that for right now," he said.

The Republican Party of Virginia told CNN Thursday that they'll "do whatever we can" to help Brat win in November.

A GOP official in the commonwealth said that "our biggest problem right now is just communicating with Brat."

The official, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely, said that there are only three people working on the Brat campaign: the candidate and two staffers.

"We've got to get them the resources and the people he needs," the official told CNN.

Republican-dominated district, which is anchored in the Richmond area but stretches some 100 miles from the Tidewater to the outer reaches of the Washington exurbs.

So what's the first thing a political novice turned tea party star does after besting the No. 2 House Republican?

CNN caught up with Brat in his car outside his home in Glen Allen, Virginia as he was on his way to get a haircut.

CNN's Lindy Royce, Dana Davidsen and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2014 • Eric Cantor • Virginia
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. aaron

    Decompress=consult with his handlers the billionaire Koch brothers to get on what is next on their agenda?

    June 12, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. old age voter

    Good for Dave Brat; the primary win that drove the stake thru the heart of an immigration / amnesty bill that would suck this nation dry.

    June 12, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Yeah, go take a couple weeks to relax and write yourself another lengthy religious whackjob thesis or something....maybe pray for theocracy to come to Amurika.

    June 12, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Thomas

    At least he is an educated person , there should be some reasoning of thought other then that of a closed minded Neocon ideologue.

    June 12, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Rick Perry compares homosexuality to alcoholism .

    Rick Perry would know first hand , however Rick Perry is still in full denial of his disease .

    June 12, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "so we need to close down the border and I'll just leave it at that for right now,"

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "I haven' the slightest clue what I'm talking about or how 'closing down the border' would even be accomplished or paid for, but I do know that white fright = votes in my district, sooooo, yeah, there's that."

    June 12, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "His win is seen as the end to any chance immigration reform passes the Republican-controlled House this year."

    Only by the slow. The rest of us sane people recognized from the get-go that "Republican-controlled House" meant an end to any chance of immigration reform all by itself. Have you not heard the things they've been saying for 6 years now, CNN? Man, it's like you guys wake up every day with no memory of yesterday.

    June 12, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Laugh of the day.... Just spewing claims he's college educated and making 6 figures, but he can't even string together a coherent sentence, nor does he know anything about punctuation. Don't spit all over your monitors laughing while just moves his home on wheels to the next block. 😄😄😄

    June 12, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Dead Bear

    I wonder if he still believes in Reaganomics... because 99 out of 100 economists say it was an abject failure. Knowing the tea party though, he's probably the one.

    June 12, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Gary

    Maybe you could go take lessons from Sarah Palin. She is, after all, the brains of the Republican party.

    June 12, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. yerkiddinright

    But won't God help him? After all his election was a miracle from God. He said it himself.

    June 12, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Brian61

    Gays make up less than 4% of the US population. Why then are SO MANY news stories written about them EVERY DAY? Enough already.

    June 12, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Make no mistake the U.S France and America are behind this rapid advance of ISIS. If they can get to Baghdad rapidly the U.S will say it will not use air strikes in civilian areas. These soldiers peeled away under Western directives.

    This is a two pronged move by the Obama administration. I think people including the French have told him that they are either in charge or wanting a greater say now and that..."the transcendent one" who sought to rise above the hit-man image he got with Bin Laden is displayed for all he is which is a dud with the Bergdahl decison. He is now being thrown out of the room with his Nobel Peace Prize. Back to hardball colonialism after this Bergdahl embarrasment.

    Be aware that Obama wants a "blow up in" Iraq so that people will focus back on Iraq and away from his foreign policy disasters. This was Bush's war and so a bit of chaos works well for Obama hence no intervention.The Gaurdian are already taking this line. Meanwhile refugees flood outside of these areas and people die.

    Obama and the left in America wants a distraction from Obamas rubbish foreign policy.

    Now Obama wants to establish a Sunni government and then swing around its attention to Syria. Who is pulling the strings France...America and Britain. This also sends a message to Afghanistan where Obama has been humiliated by Karzai that they are still in charge.

    Once again as in Libya with the above Western countries NATO and the complicit U.N are using terrorists funded by Sunni autocracies to put in their puppets.

    NATO can't account for its budget spending. Something to do with its work with the C.I.A."
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    LOL! Wow that's "special"!!! You got all that from just one peyote voyage?

    June 12, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    The Republican Party of Virginia told CNN Thursday that they'll "do whatever we can" to help Brat win in November.
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    Chalk up a seat for the democrats. Republicans are sadly mistaken if they think think the Ayn Rand loving Brat is going to win in November. He may have taken Cantor out, but he's in the minor leagues.

    June 12, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    --listen, this guy is not a threat to winning seat. Because Koch brothers never fund this guy, the next reason is entire Virgenia is fully aware of these teatrolls, their boss Sarah Palin. USA is not that stupid to elect these second century idiots in the first place. Regarding Ja, I staunchly doubt he is educated either. VA, go democratic. Even a dog is better than these teatrolls and repunants.

    June 12, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "He may have taken Cantor out, but he's in the minor leagues."

    All indications suggest Cantor took Cantor out. I suspect shutting down the government hurt folks in VA more than the mastermind of that whole fiasco (Cantor) was willing to acknowledge at the time. Sweet victory that the guy who opened the door for the TeaPers was felled by one as down right goofy as Mr. Brat is starting to come across as being.

    June 12, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Chalk up a seat for the democrats."

    I wouldn't say that. It's a very red district and a steep uphill climb for anyone but the GOP-endorsed candidate...no matter if he's a Randian religio-fascist ideologue talking point howler monkey or, well, I bet they could run an actual monkey and get the base in that district to vote for it.

    June 12, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Dead Bear

    I wonder if he still believes in Reaganomics... because 99 out of 100 economists say it was an abject failure. Knowing the tea party though, he's probably the one.
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    Actually, Reaganomics was an overwhelming success. The purpose was to reduce and/or eliminate taxes on the wealthy and bug business. The argument that "trickle down" would create jobs for the middle class and poor was nothing more than a smoke screen to disguise the true purpose.

    Not convinced? Conservatives love to pontificate on an on about how redistribution of wealth is a bad thing, and how they are so strongly against policies that nurture it. Well? Are not the professed benefits of"trickle down economics" a form of redistribution of wealth, from the wealthy to those less fortunate? Do you really think that greed would accept a policy such as that, if it really did what proponents claimed? No, greed would be against it, yet somehow greed likes it. That's because the policy redistribute wealth upward, not downward as they are claimed to do.

    June 12, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. O'drama ya Mama

    He better be careful. Its not good to look like you werent even confident in your own campaign.

    June 12, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. just saying

    Brian61
    Gays make up less than 4% of the US population. Why then are SO MANY news stories written about them EVERY DAY? Enough already.
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    just another way for the leftist democrats and their lackeys in the lsm to pit americans against one another. americans living in harmony doesn't bolster their deceitful and untrue talking points.

    June 12, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Bill from GA

    old age voter

    You can divide the recovery into two phases: The first year and a half when Obama AND the Dems controlled the government (AWESOME Turnaround), and the phase when repubs got the ability to block Obama's agenda (tepid growth).

    And the major cause of the recession was credit default swaps, where federally insured banks started acting like Vegas gamblers. Caused by loosening of banking regulations.

    June 12, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit

    "Chalk up a seat for the democrats."

    I wouldn't say that. It's a very red district and a steep uphill climb for anyone but the GOP-endorsed candidate...no matter if he's a Randian religio-fascist ideologue talking point howler monkey or, well, I bet they could run an actual monkey and get the base in that district to vote for it.
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    Don't forget secessionist, complete with all of the prerequisite trimmings.. He's another one that has been scrubbing the dirt from his social media sites.

    June 12, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |