August 23rd, 2008
09:39 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama-Biden: Boehner reacts

(CNN) - House Minority Leader John Boehner criticized the newly-minted Democratic presidential ticket in an issued statement Saturday.

“Americans looking for a pair of candidates who are ready to fix a broken Washington aren’t going to find them on the Obama / Biden ticket," he said. "In Joe Biden, Barack Obama has not only found a running mate who doesn’t believe he’s ready to be president, he’s proven his opposition to an ‘All of the Above’ energy reform strategy to lower fuel costs for families and small businesses."

(Full statement after the jump)

“John McCain’s comprehensive energy reform plan is supported by a broad and bipartisan majority of Americans who are tired of struggling with high gas prices and soaring utility bills. And he’s taken the bold step of calling on Speaker Pelosi to bring Congress back from its break to vote on House Republicans’ American Energy Act. McCain is a real reformer and the only candidate in this race who is ready to lead.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John Boehner
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. H


    HE JUST HANDED THE ELECTION TO JOHN MCCAIN. WHAT A DUMBIE DO.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 23, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Unshrub

    The republicans spend all of August on lies, lies and more lies. It seems like the American public is too stupid to understand this and the Democrats don’t have the nerves to fight. You can not win in a bar fight without kicking someone in the down and dirty and this is a down and dirty bar fight, and so far, Obama does not want to kick or hit anyone. I want to see Obama hit McCain where it hurts. He must attack him and the republicans where it hurts them. Show American how dirty republicans really are. We need to see some blood. I am tired of loosing the white house to a bunch of crooks because democrats act like a bunch of sissies. I am mad and I am not going to take it anymore!

    August 23, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. sarah

    The House Minority Leader has effectively conveyed a minority opinion. Touche Boehner (your criticism is quite limited).

    August 23, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Will, NJ

    Is it just me or is Boehner a funny name? I can't possibly take that guy seriously.

    August 23, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Joseph Adewole

    Nonsense!!! just wait and see what happens next................better go and look for extra wine in McCain's compound Boehner before Obama Biden come for you and your seat in the house.

    August 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. King Sukumar

    If the Republicans win this time it would be more than a miracle given the dismal performance. How are they going to beat the odds stacked against them remains to be seen. What is good for country is what is at stake. Can criticisms help defy the odds !!!!

    August 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Republicans, get over it, the tide has turned, it's time for our country to move forward and Obama and Biden are ready.

    August 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Joe

    Wow. Do you think these partisan politicians even believe these statements when they make them or do they just feel compelled to protect the party's brand image? Let's face it, Congressman Boehner and other partisan Republicans would have criticized the ticket even if Jesus Christ was selected to be the VP candidate. That's just politics as usual.

    I, for one, I'm fed up with it. The Republicans have held the White House for 8 years and for some of that time also controlled the House and Senate. We see where that got us. They inherited a budget surplus, and now we have record deficits. They have us involved in two wars (one of which has never been fully justified to the American people), and have done immeasurable damage to America's reputation around the world.

    It is time for a change. And the Democrats are the only ones who can deliver that change in this election.

    It is time for the GOP to stop sounding like typical politicians. The world of politics has changed. What America needs is solutions to the issues confronting us, not political rhetoric.

    August 23, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    And when does Boehner weigh-in on Senator Stevens of Alaska?!

    August 23, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    To proud army and navy mom:

    And, if you examine McCain's record coming out of Annapolis, you'll see he was never quaified for flight school, but got in anyway because daddy was a 4-star Admiral.

    Then, he got shot down – they are linked!

    August 23, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. jt


    August 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Cain and Abel

    mccain in no way or form has more experience than biden... being a POW does not constitute foreign policy experience... the only real policies mccain has is the same as bush policies. we cannot afford the same for another four years.. enough is enough.... so all you haters out there stop fighting it and get invloved... the sooner you get in touch with reality and stop playa hating, the better off you'll be in the end... truth has has three stages... denial, ridicule, and finally it becomes self evident.... it's time to get the corrupt cabal out of office! My kids will never fight in these oil wars so they can make bigger profits while we suffer high gas prices and a destroyed economy... on another more important note.... not all these wars are about fighting terroism... that's a false flag to scare the american people into doing what they want..... I would not be surprised if a major terror or or another unnatural scare is implemented right before the election to scare people into voting for mcbush..... GET SMART AMERICA... and Wake Up....

    August 23, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. a Patriot in Georgia

    How can anyone say Obama doesn't have the experience to be in the White House? It's obvious if you don't want things to stay the same as they are you take in somebody with a new prospective!! The man worked in Constitutional Law at Harvard, if that's not credentials on how the government works (from outside the corrupt beltway) then NOTHING is for you stooges. No experience? Why is the president of the U.S. and Iraq now following the plan Obama put out there months ago? AND IF HE COULD LOCK THE CLINTON MONSTER DOWN THEN GUESS WHAT G.O.P, HE'S GOT YOUR NUMBER, THATS THE EXPERIENCE WHICH SHOWS YOUR NEXT ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK.

    August 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Valorie Jay - Raleigh

    Obama and Biden make an excellent ticket – intelligence, clear-thinkers who love this country and can restor the integrity that has been lost during the Bush administration. Our reputation around the world has been so damaged that it will take years to again show the world that we are good and decent people and responsible member of the world community. And, I believe John McCain to be a good man but he is, at this time, the wrong man. I see Obama as the future and McCain as the past.

    August 23, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. gerry

    its amazing the stupid comments always seem to come from liberials
    i am along time democrate but am sick paying taxes to support wasters who spent there days standing on street corners and complaining about what happened years ago... 11000000 people came to this country and got jobs these corner dwellers are to lazy to pull up there pants iam voting republic this time

    August 23, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |

    O B A M A ' S--V E R S I O N-- O F----C H A N G E ????????

    V I V A---–J O H N----M C C A I N----- ! ! ! ! !

    August 23, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. John in WV

    I would ask Mr. Boehner which candidate has supported the policies that have resulted in high fuel prices and recession.

    August 23, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. TJ Johnson

    Democrats' only platform is to kill babies and republicans. They are so negative and have nothing intelligent to offer the USA.

    August 23, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. James

    Proud Army $ Navy Mum,.... you'll rather staying in iraq for the next 100 years,..... stick with Mcsame,... Good Luck...

    August 23, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. Connie

    I agree with you Cain and Abel. OBAMA/BIDEN 08
    Connie from Indiana

    August 23, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. RJ, CA

    "Cain, and Abel"" - this is Adam and Eve, your parents speaking: Hush, children - you don't know what you're talking about! However, if you're so unhappy in America, please come back to the Garden of Eden (Iraq). No "haters" allowed here - we shoot 'em on the spot!

    August 23, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Charlotte

    Change? Six time Senator, Washington insider, where is the change? The only change we will see is how much less of it we will have in our pockets...

    August 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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