June 15, 2014
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor made his first live television appearance Sunday morning after his surprising defeat last week in the Republican primary.
The Republican congressman for the Seventh District of Virginia appeared on ABC's This Week. He said he stands by how he ran his campaign against tea party favorite David Brat.
Cantor added that he, too, was surprised by the double-digit loss, but he's already looking toward the future. He said he isn't ruling out running for office again, but he now wants to focus on how he can best help people in Virginia.
"I don't want to close off any options right now. I'm just hopeful that I can continue to be a champion for the kinds of things that we are working on here in Washington," Cantor said. "I believe after almost 23 years in public service, 23-plus years in public service, that I can play a role and not just in elected office, obviously, but in the private sector."
Cantor announced last week he'll step down from his leadership post of majority leader at the end of July.