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Rep. Cantor Likes House -- For Now

Tim Craig

U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, a popular Republican who represents suburban Richmond, has been increasingly mentioned as a possible statewide candidate, even perhaps as a candidate in next year's U.S. Senate race against Democrat Mark R. Warner.

Many Republicans believe Cantor would be a formidable candidate in a statewide race because he is a proven fundraiser who has strong ties to both the conservative and moderate wings of the GOP. Cantor has also been mentioned as a possible future Speaker of the House if the Republicans regain control of Congress.

In an interview today, Cantor declined to rule out making a statewide bid for office. His quote is ripe for parsing.

"I am very focused on my position representing the people of the 7th District and I look forward to keeping and earning their support," said Cantor, an ally of former governor James S. Gilmore III, who is widely expected to run for the Senate next year.

When I asked if that meant he has no interest in challenging Warner next year, Cantor replied: "In politics, you never say never, but I want to make sure I can make a difference and represent the people who elected me."

By Tim Craig  |  November 7, 2007; 6:45 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Eric Cantor , Tim Craig  
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