I never talked to anybody about becoming Speaker, Cantor says

Greg Nash

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) insisted Sunday that he never talked to colleagues about replacing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), dismissing talk that he was too focused on moving up the leadership ladder.

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“Had you done anything, had to talked to anybody, to prepare for a possible run against John Boehner for Speaker?” Jonathan Karl asked Cantor on ABC's "This Week."

“No,” Cantor replied. “I was … given the privilege of serving as majority leader by my colleagues. My focus of my team, myself, every day was to shape an agenda to continue to put ideas out there that reflect our common sense conservative solutions.”

Since his stunning loss to economics professor Dave Brat last week, political pundits have said Cantor was too consumed by taking over Boehner’s gavel and fell out of touch with his district.

Cantor said he wants to think about the future instead of dwelling on why he lost his reelection.

“As I go forward, I will continue to find ways that I can be influential in making sure we continue that drive for solutions,” he said.

Cantor said he does not want to become a lobbyist, but did not rule out working on K Street.

“I don't think that I want to be a lobbyist, but I do want to be ­— play a role in — in the public debate. I've had a lot of experience, obviously, in the intersection of government and politics and issues affecting the global economy,” he said.

Cantor said a “number of people” have already reached out to him with a variety of offers.

He said he plans to sit down with his wife Diana to discuss the next chapter of his career.

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