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Eric Cantor Rice University Speech Interrupted By Protesters

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), participates in a news conference on the jobs report released today, on November 4, 2011 in Washington, DC. A report released this morning cites slow job growth, and pointed to a sluggish recovery in the labor market rather than robust growth (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | Getty Images

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was interrupted by protesters Thursday at a speech at Rice University in Houston.

"Eric Cantor is not welcome here," chanted protesters for about three minutes before his speech began, reports The Hill.

Cantor brushed off the interruption. "You gotta say, only in America," he said.

Cantor has drawn protesters at recent university appearances. At the University of Michigan on Oct. 31, a crowd of protesters gathered outside with signs like "RIP Middle Class." An Oct. 28 speech at Northwestern University drew about 75 members of Occupy Chicago.

Cantor cancelled a speech on income inequality at the University of Pennsylvania in October after his office learned that the event would be open to the public. The university said that such events were typically open to the public and regretted any misunderstanding.

Cantor drew controversy over his remarks on Occupy Wall Street last month. At the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. he said, "If you read the newspapers today, I, for one, am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country," he said. He later said protesters were "justifiably frustrated" with the economy.

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