April 23rd, 2009
04:00 PM ET
6 years ago

GOP leader: Bipartisanship idea 'a ruse'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says it's an 'exciting time' as Congress moves ahead with President Obama's agenda.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says it's an 'exciting time' as Congress moves ahead with President Obama's agenda.

(CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she feels a "spirit of pride" thinking back over the new administration's first 100 days, but House Minority Leader John Boehner said it's become clear to him that the idea of bipartisanship "was a ruse."

"I think if you look at the first 100 days, you can sum it up pretty simply: spending, taxing, borrowing and ducking the hard choices," Boehner said at a news conference Thursday.

Democratic policies, he said, are "going to hurt our economy and hurt jobs in America."

The Ohio Republican said Americans are "fed up with this unprecedented level of spending and borrowing that'll imprison the future for our kids and their kids," and he said the Republican Party has offered up better solutions in recent months.

"And as we get into these next few months, you'll see us continue to work to be the party of better solutions," he said.

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Can the republican side of the house go back on vacation? I'm just getting tired of Rep. Bonehead. There were extended arms reaching out to the GOP, but then the N word fell upon them.

    April 23, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Sammie Clovis

    The USA better get rid of those Marxists up there in DC before they totally ruin this country.

    April 23, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. GOP = 21st century dodo

    I just don't know how anyone who rubber stamped Bush's policies for the past 8 years can possibly be saying stuff like this about spending.

    I also don't understand how anyone who opposes everything but has no ideas of his own can possibly impugn Obama's attempts at bipartisanship.

    April 23, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. dee-dee

    What he say is BULL When the Republican had the chance they Did the opposite. They started the spending and lied about the budget by not including the price of the war. Now SUDDENLY they have better Ideas, they ideas are and will continue to be NO NO NO.

    April 23, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Moderate Democrat

    I'll tell you what's become abundantly clear. The GOP has alot of complaints, but never a solution. They can point to all of the problems in the world today, and tell you who's to blame for it....it's can't be the guy that was in charge for the previous eight years, it must be someone else. But they have NEVER had a solution as how to fix it.

    I'm sick and tired of racist old people yelling at clouds. Time for the GOP to the way of the DODO BIRD!

    April 23, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Mike from Shelburne, VT

    Sorry, stopped caring at "imprison the future for our kids and their kids". Republicans did that when they started a war they had no clue how to handle, killing thousands of Americans and spending hundreds of billions. If you really care about us, you'd see that this spending is necessary in order to maintain the country. So many important things were ignored by Republicans for the last 8 years, don't say you care now. Tax cuts make the individual rich...they don't take care of the country and the things necessary to simply maintain it, let alone move the country forward.

    April 23, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Mark WI.

    A party of "NO" solutions. If Americans are so fed up, why is President Obama's approval rating so high!

    April 23, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Ken

    The only "ruse" I see are the "just-say-no" [R]s: it is a ruse that they claim to lead and represent America. In case Boehner has conveniently forgotten, he and his fellow [R]s bequeathed an unparalleled economic mess to the [D]s now in power, and the [D]s are doing their best to make sure we don't sink into another [R] great depression. Seriously, who thinks that [R]s can lead this country after witnessing the last 8 years? You'd have to be a seriously deluded neo-tard to think it is wholly up to the [D]s to compromise their policies in the name of bi-partisanship.

    April 23, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. JD

    This woman is a fake and is dangerous to our country. She needs to go!

    April 23, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Flo

    From the party of "NO" to the party of "SOLUTIONS" this is really funny. I noticed Cantor dodge Wolf question about the president's grade. It kills him to say nice things about Obama............100 days and everyone expect all these problems to disappear.

    April 23, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. The Broker.

    You never, never, never, never: Listen! CNN.... The Arab world hates you.... You just Elected a Black Arab.. You can define him as you may.
    But he has done nothing to get his fingers dirty.., Nothing... CNN.

    April 23, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. The Broker.

    All Sides CNN. Where......

    April 23, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Jimmy the Greek

    Lets see....

    Democrats – closing Gitmo
    Democrats – tripled the national deficit
    Democrats – AIG bonuses
    Democrats – Chummy with Castro
    Democrats – soft on terrorists
    Democrats – targeting veterans as terrorists
    Democrats – funding abortions worldwide
    Democrats – witchhunt over terrorist interrogations

    That's a whole lot'a crap in just 100 days!

    April 23, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. Matt

    To continue to be the party of better solutions implies you had solutions in the first place, which you didn't and frankly never will

    April 23, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Tulsa

    Go away Boehner.... you had your chance. You thought you could continue the stonewalling that the Bush admin. was so proud of. It didn't work and now you are just a pathetic loser.

    April 23, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. William

    Whine, whine, whine .... is there anything else the GOP can do? Listen, the Republicans were voted out of office because of eight years of Bush/Cheney policies that led no where. And remember, the GOP was extremely partisan during its reign of power from 2001 – 2008, so don't look for bipartisanship from the Democrats. Why couldn't the GOP accomplish anything while they controlled all branches of government? The GOP is hell bent of undermining Obama because they know well that if he succeeds, their party will not only become irrelevant but obscure.

    April 23, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Mississippi Mike

    The Democrats' version of bipartisanship amounts to: Vote to pass legislation you didn't get to work on and haven't had enough time to read. It's pretty ridiculous that they talk about bipartisanship but have no intentions of letting Republicans give input.

    April 23, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    President Obama reached out to the GOP from Day One, they refused to work with him!

    Once the Recovery is in full swing, we will see a "revisionist" history coming from the GOPers, claiming that they were "bipartisan"........... however.........

    America has been watching, paying close attention to the Party of NO....... to the Grand Obstructionist Party, who during America's economic crisis choose to support PARTY OVER COUNTRY!

    April 23, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. jeremy

    What is the GOP's plan to do any better than what has happened over the past 100 days?

    All I have seen is a bunch of complaining and name calling, not once have they offered any alternative solutions.

    I love how it's okay when they run the deficit up to unheard of numbers, but when Obama spends to fix their mistakes it's wrong.

    Same ol GOP.

    April 23, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. JAW

    This is getting tiring...The GOP says it has offered answers and ideas...No is not an idea, it is an answer and it appears to be the only one that they know! As to ideas nary a one appears to be forthcoming besides: tax the poor, don't tax the rich and let the robber barons do as they wish.
    They decry the lack of bipartisanship all the while standing firmly in their sinking ship....They have become so marginalized and in denial that they cannot see that they are busy re-arranging the deck chairs while the ship sinks....
    There are good people on the other side of the aisle and intelligent to boot.....they need to gather their will and move past the yahoos standing at the rail...Time to USA up!...

    April 23, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Boehner said that the Obama's administration is about "spending, taxing, borrowing and ducking the hard choices".
    The Bush administration was about spending, borrowing, and making bad choices.

    April 23, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. honest Ab

    Well there will never be bipartisanship, long as the party of "NO" keep saying, NO. What you think they suppose to just bend over and lick your butt? Your party recked this country, so shut or up. Looking at your party it is obvious you have nothing to offer up, but cut taxes and give to the rich. Well, we the average American citizens says, "NO". Haven't you heard this word floating around lately. Why would they give into you when you have failed the country as a whole. You have nothing to offer, but failure. I say the heck with them and we the people keep pressing forward.

    April 23, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Matthew

    ....... "The Ohio Republican said Americans are "fed up with this unprecedented level of spending and borrowing that'll imprison the future for our kids and their kids,"

    Uh, where was he the last 8 years??????

    April 23, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. emily

    We don't have to have democrat and republican in one line when a democrat make news!

    April 23, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Brian

    Was it also a joke when the Republicans effectively blocked everything the Democrats proposed for the past eight years, while giving Bush a blank check on everything? Too bad, Mr. Boehner, it is called being in the minority and you simply can not handle it.

    April 23, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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