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. Mr C


    August 23, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Nancy

    Who is John Boehner? I could care less what he thinks. Oh McCain is so so bold, is he? He is calling back Pelosi and others to vote when he himself didn't have enough respect for congress to vote for most of the last year! McCain didn't have enough respect for America's seniors or disabled citizens to even be there for the important Medicare vote this summer! McCain is a hypocrite!

    August 23, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Ric, England

    Americans don't deserve to have Obama as their president. After picking Bush to Gore in 2000, and bearing in mind all the atrocities of the Bush administration (forging a CIA letter to justify the Iraq War, destroying US's and World's economy and the flawed response to hurricane Katrina, just to name a few), even considering voting for John McCain (that is no longer the maverick he was 5 years ago and is tied with Bush in almost every policy) shows how naive they are.

    August 23, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. tedious898

    HA.....and this complete fool knows all about how to resolve the problems. I laugh and McCains "energy reform plan"

    August 23, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Brenda

    What a joke this guy he is like MCain senile..

    August 23, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. annie

    Mr. Boehner, as a fellow ohioan can you please tell me why the far, far, far left liberals of the dem. party want to destroy the United States of America with the likes of SELECTING an obama candidate?

    August 23, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    This is the reason Boehner is the minority leader and will remain the minority leader.

    August 23, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. JB, Boston

    This guy touched on something that we as Americans should all be supporting:

    Let's demand that our representatives get back to work. A five week vacation is absurd, especially with what is going on.

    Any normal working person would not be allowed to go on vacation if they hadn't been doing their job.

    I don't care if you are left leaning or right, let's all demand that Congress get back to work. They work for us, remember?

    August 23, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. RJ, CA

    Well, well! So THIS is the CHANGE you've been waiting for, folks! Obama has now - with one fell swoop - thrown his ENTIRE philosophy "under the bus!" Nice going in order to have an "attack dog" do the dirty work for Obama. Doesn't surprise me a bit. Always knew Obama was nothing but empty rhetoric.

    The AOl Straw Poll – REAL people voting REALTIME (without “sampling errors”): August 18-25: 117,545 total votes cast: McCain 68%, Obama 32%.

    McCain for president - a grown-up doing a grown-up job!

    August 23, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Upon Further Review

    This coming from a big oil operative,how sweet.

    August 23, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Sherry for Obama

    Let the games begin....

    I can hear the Mccain campaign aides now saying....."Quick lets look back at all Bidens background and see if we can find any smut"

    This is what the repubs do best to take away their incompetance off the issues that we want to know about such as the economy,health care,ending the war.

    Obama for America

    August 23, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. jeremy

    McCains comprehensive energy plan consists of drilling here and there and thats it. Also why is it he is for nuclear power every where else but arizona. If he had a good plan or cared about energy HE WOULD OF SHOWED UP TO THE FLOOR TO VOTE. But instead he didnt go all 8 times and even when he was in the same building he didnt have time. Unfortunately his no-show counted as a no.

    August 23, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Danny, OH

    How many years has John Boehner been in the House? Did they just realize that American people are suffering?
    I guess it is election time.

    August 23, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. what is mccain for????

    hello....John 26 years in office McCain IS the broken Washington... criticism from a repub, how original...from the war in Iraq to 500,000 jobs lost here in the states...yep you repubs sure have done a great job so far. repubs have a record filibuster in the house...the Dems are the majority by 1 is and has been the repukes that are killing our country. tell me please what has McCain done in his 26 years? he wants the draft, he is anti choice, he VOTED 95% WITH BUSH...hell McCain knows Washington is broken, HE broke it!!!
    Jesus John McCain is inept, risky, to dam forgetful and to dangerous, there is NO way anyone who loves this country can vote McCain...he has experience...26 years of BAD experience!

    August 23, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Seattle Sue

    Boehner is as big a jerk as McCain. Maybe bigger.

    August 23, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. James From Chicago


    August 23, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Ajay Jain TX, USA

    The same broken record about the broken Washington by the same Washington people/politicians!!

    August 23, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. alvino

    Boehner proves he is a big part of the problem that government in Washington is broken.

    McCain has taken so many positions on energy until big oil kicked in to his coffers and now he wants to drill everywhere, even though he used to support the elder Bush's moratorium.

    August 23, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. willy

    Obama/ Biden; The clowns of the Senate

    August 23, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. Montana is Obama/Biden Country

    What would we expect from a RETHUG..

    Nothing but FEAR on his bREATH as the Dems sweep TO the Whitehouse..


    August 23, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Alan Boyer

    Boehner is the new cast member of the Hollywood sequel of Grumpy Old Men, featuring McCain, Bush, Lieberman, Cheney and Guiliani.

    August 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. proud army and navy mom

    Well…..I must admit I agree with Biden Obama is not ready to lead and being in the White House is not the time for OJT. Dont get mad at me Biden said Obama was not qualified

    August 23, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Barbara - NC

    We have to live long enough to fix the energy problems. I believe Obama/Biden will work together for the good of the NATION, not just corp. america and oil companies.

    With McWarmonger we won't survive long enough. He'll have us in wars at the drop of the hat. DRAFT. We're tired of hearing about the 1960s !!!!!!!

    August 23, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. carrie hussein obama

    lets just kick bush out already
    we need obama

    August 23, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Brad

    ha ha. Who broke it? Look in the mirror. The Republicans controlled all the houses for 7 years. Only now it is a stalemate. Therefore nothing gets done.

    August 23, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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