- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

David Brat, the GOP nominee in Virginia’s Seventh District, said Wednesday that his stunning primary upset win over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Tuesday was built on more than just differences on immigration reform.

“Amnesty at the end was a clear differentiator between myself and Eric Cantor, but it’s a piece of the whole narrative, and it also fits into the narrative that Eric had just not been present in the district,” Mr. Brat said on MSNBC.

The Randolph-Macon economics professor and political newcomer said he also ran on fiscal discipline, free markets, adherence to the Constitution and sending more decisions back to the states.

When asked about whether he supported a federal minimum wage, Mr. Brat declined to take a stance, but said wages must be related to real economic factors.

“You can not artificially make up wage rates, they have to be related to productivity,” he said.

On MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” Mr. Brat deflected several policy questions on Wall Street and foreign policy. Mr. Brat said he would be happy to talk about other issues later, but that his head was still reeling from Tuesday’s result, which came after Mr. Cantor was more than 30 percentage points ahead in polls leading up to the election.

“I just wanted to talk about the victory at hand,” Mr. Brat said. “I wanted to thank everyone who worked on my campaign.”