March 26th, 2009
02:19 PM ET
13 years ago

Rep. Cantor speaks out on Britney concert

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 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. Joshua College Station Texas

    Cantor looks like Frankenstein without the stitches. His policies, though, are very frankenstonian–just the same old worn-out ideas, sewn together and resurrected for another go-around. No thanks, Republicans!!

    March 26, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. windfall

    how sad that he has to attend concerts to schmooze. can't a person just go to have fun anymore?

    March 26, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. Surge

    What's the big deal? You can DVR a tv speech, not a live concert.

    March 26, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. speak

    Dirty suit.

    March 26, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. Karen

    He went to see Britney but wouldn't take his daugher?????? How old is he anyway??????????????????

    March 26, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. sandy

    A Britany Spears concert seems to be about his speed. This guy is not for real. Sad what politics has become.

    March 26, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. Arron

    Did Cantor write the GOP's "budget" at the Britney concert?

    March 26, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    We may never know the true motive for taking in the show. The mind is capable of justifying any thing.

    March 26, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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