Just five days after Rep. Eric Cantor's stunning defeat, the first sitting majority leader to go down to a primary challenger in history, the Virginia Republican denied that his loss had anything to do with being out of touch with voters in his district.
Cantor said he didn't believe the defeat could be attributed to any one thing, saying “a lot of things go through voters' minds when they go to the voting booth.”
“But I'll tell you one thing. We ran my campaign the same way that, you know, I'm trying to focus my work here in the debate in Washington, and that is focusing on people who have real problems,” he told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" Sunday.
When the results starting pouring in Tuesday night and the reality of the defeat started to set in, Cantor said he drew on the support of his wife and children who were shocked by the outcome at the polls.
“I was with my family, and you know, it's very comforting, as you know, if you have a strong family – I have a wonderful wife of 25 years, three wonderful kids, two of whom were with me,” he said.
Cantor said he tried to tell his family that there will be a silver lining, that “things happen for a reason.”
“We don't always know right here and now why,” he said. “And I think the perspective of time will actually indicate something that may have seemed really bad at the time can turn out to be really good.”
Cantor also wouldn't engage when asked why his pollster, who conducted internal surveys that had him up 34 points at the end of the campaign, could get it so wrong and whether Democrats, who are allowed to vote in GOP primaries in Virginia, helped vote him out.
“To me, you know, the problems that people are facing in this country are a lot greater than any kind of setback – political setback, personal setbacks I've got,” he said.
“So I really am very focused on continuing on the mission that I've tried to be about here in Washington,” he said. “It's those reform conservative solutions that actually can be applied to people's problems in the working/middle class of this country, the poor and for everyone.”
"Listen, I don't have any regrets, you know, because I remain focused on the mission that I'm about," he added.