May 17th, 2009
12:20 PM ET
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Cheney, Limbaugh, Gingrich not hurting GOP, Boehner says


WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the Republican Party struggles to right itself after being caught up in rough political seas, House Minority Leader John Boehner said Sunday a slew of recent and sometimes controversial comments and media appearances by a trio of high-profile Republicans is helping his struggling party.

“Having these voices out there, it doesn’t hurt us, it helps us,” Boehner told CNN’s John King on State of the Union when asked about former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

“If we’re going to show the American people that we’ve got a better way forward, having a chorus of voices out there, I think is helpful to our effort,” added the Ohio Republican.

The GOP congressional leader had no illusions about how much work his party has to do.

“We’ve got a long way to come back. We’ve had two disastrous election cycles.”

And Boehner praised the National Council for a New America, a recent GOP effort spearheaded by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor that is intended to rebrand the GOP and help it reconnect with voters.

“All the wisdom in America isn’t found here in Washington, DC,” Boehner said of the new GOP group. “There’s nothing wrong with going out and listening to the American people, sharing our principles, trying to find ways to address the concerns of the American people. But address those concerns with solutions, solutions that are built on Republican principles. So, I think this dialogue is important.”

Boehner left open the possibility that in the run-up to the 2010 midterm elections, the GOP might use something like Gingrich’s 1994 “Contract with America” to brand its message to voters.


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  1. Juan

    “Having these voices out there, it doesn’t hurt us, it helps us,” Boehner told CNN’s John King on State of the Union when asked about former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

    Boehner,
    Have you personally listened to any of these "helpers"? Add Sean Hannity, Fox News, Ann Coulter, Neil Boortz, etc., to the list, then appear on John King's show to re-state your observation/position.

    If the Republican party continues to choose these "helpers" all of the Republican messages will be filled with hate.

    May 17, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Kathy

    Let's make Newt Gingrich the spokesman for GOP social policy, like Sanctity of Marriage (how many times, Newt?)...The Republican principles to which Boehner refers are the same people, same stuff that got us into the mess we're in today.

    May 17, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. John Hufnagel

    I beg to disagree. These fanatics are slowly killing the Republican party. I used to consider myself a Rockefeller Republican. Now it appears that I'm more of a Specter Democrat.
    The two party system is slowly poisoning America. Few politicians feel the need to compromise, and most clearly place the good of the party before the good of the nation.

    May 17, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. bk

    After Obama puts us into bankruptsy it won't matter who was speaking for who.

    May 17, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Leah - Vancouver

    Newt Gingrich was a disgrace for the party, full of scandals during his career as a house speaker.
    Dick Cheney is a war criminal and should be in jail.
    Rush LImbaugh is a totally lunatic
    If these 3 bone heads are the voice of Republicans, you won't be seeing this party back in the power for the next 100 years

    May 17, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Proud American

    Of course their not hurting the Republicans, they were already dead those Idiots are just helping to bury them.. Morons

    May 17, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. JB

    I strongly disagree with the Congressman. These individuals are one of several reasons why I cannot again vote for a Republican for any political office. And, I DID vote Republican in prior Presidential Elections.

    May 17, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. P from CA

    Boehner says: Cheney, Limbaugh, Gingrich not hurting GOP... Really? Are you sure? I'm pretty sure that your party is divided, lost members, and is falling apart. Maybe Boehner thinks that way because he is part of the dividers...the GOP that are dividing their party. Another reason I changed parties this year.

    May 17, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    Cheney, Limbaugh, Gingrich – they know what Americans really believe. They know that the public's infatuation with Obama will eventually wear off, as Americans realize how different his policies are from their core values.

    May 17, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. NVa Native

    Hey Repub moderates, control your nut jobs! Yea, you might be amussed, but the other 80% of us are tired of the carnival show.

    May 17, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Mickey, New York

    Hey Boner...until the GOP jettisons Cheney, Limbaugh, Gingrich and others, your party will be on the losing end.

    It's just not possible to pick up a turd by the clean end, now is it.

    The current GOP is the turd...

    May 17, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. DaBird

    As a conservative independent, I think all four of these guys are hurting the party. New blood is needed. For all of you who mentioned Bush in your comments, you are deeply troubled with your hatred.

    May 17, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. AP in Illinois

    The entire Republican Party needs a reality check. Their entire philosophy seems to be centered on demonizing Speaker Pelosi while seemingly ignoring illegal torture.

    May 17, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. TCM

    @John Hufnagel -

    Fanatics? Are you kidding me? You're forgetting about Reid, Pelosi...Emanuel....Solis...and all the other tax cheating cronies...let's not forget about the king himself; the problem with liberals is they latch on to misinformation, and when they try to polarize others into their misguided realities....well, the result is often posts from lost souls .....

    May 17, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. ridosworld

    Continue to bash the GOP and stereotype us as rich white bigots. Every time a liberal says that we grow in strength and numbers.

    Democrats, the ice is melting right under your feet (and it's not from global warming)!

    May 17, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. S Callahan

    Manipulating public opinion?
    Totally disagree with Mr. Boehmer...they are castrating the Republican party , for sure....

    May 17, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Dave from Jacksonville

    At this point, NOTHING CAN POSSIBLY HURT the Republican Party ....They are already at the bottom!

    May 17, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. proud army navy mom

    please keep talking cheney. i love it when you incriminate yourself on a daily basis

    May 17, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    They are agents of the Democratic Party.

    May 17, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Enlightened Voter

    Why are the republicans so desperately trying to make Nancy Pelosi out to be the bad guy? It was their president gwb and vice pres cheyney who broke the law and ordered the torture. Who cares what Nancy knew or didn't know? She wasn't running the country and let's not lose sight of who really was ruining this country. BTW how did bush and cheyney's policies keep us safe from 911?

    May 17, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. maf

    "A chorus of voices" claiming the GOP have "a better way forward"???
    The Republicans are a deluded bunch are they not? The highly devisive chorus that the base are listening to has done nothing to advance the cause other than continue the rhetoric of "no" and oppose anything the Obama administration is putting forward.

    For them to claim a better way forward, they need to begin a dialogue that does not include the phrases "our children and grandchildren", "our plan is better", or "bi-partisanship", as these phrases continue to provide sustenance to the eroding message that has been put forth since the election.

    May 17, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Fla.

    Sorry, but that's delusional nonsense. Keep thinking that way, GOP, and lose more members and relevancy.

    Btw, there's no "a" in Boehner. LOL

    May 17, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. Lee in TN

    Boehner states “If we’re going to show the American people that we’ve got a better way forward, having a chorus of voices out there, I think is helpful to our effort."
    If the ideas of Cheney, Limbaugh and Gingrich are their better way, then I'll take my chance on Obama and other people of intelligence!

    May 17, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. Mikey Boy Dayton OH

    As a Democrat, I am glad that the Republicans believe that Rush and Newt and Dick are not hurting their image.

    The Democrats could not buy advertising this effective!!!

    May 17, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Carl Townsend

    What do you mean helping the GOP? He's the one that got us into IRAQ and then lied about it. There is zero trust there. GOP is dead.

    May 17, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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