May 17th, 2009
12:20 PM ET
5 years ago

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. Sol

    This is such a liberal news medium. Just like sheep you follow whatever the mainstream media tells you. Obama is changing this country into something completely different than what our founding fathers intended. He effectively used technology to recruit the uneducated masses to win the victory. Half of the people who voted for him had no idea what he stood for. And half of the people on this board are playing Monday morning quarterback while lying to themselves that only Republicans and certainly not Pelosi knew what we did to protect the country. This is not fantasy land we are living in. Maybe we should send them milk and cookies and ask about their terrible plans and hate they have for our country. They have brainwashed their youths with this message for a very long time. Do you really think the masterminds will respond to please?

    May 17, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Ron

    John Boehner simply demonstrates how out of touch he is along with the rest of the party. I was a Republican who has moved to the democratic side. Boehner confirms the very reasons why and gives me no hope of ever coming home. I wonder if Boehner has ever listened to Limbaugh. On a regular basis, his show is full of lies and distortions. While he hides under the cover of his patriotism, his real aim is simply to make money for himself. The more gas he throws on the fire, the more attention he gets from people and the more ad revenue he gets. Dick Cheney....come on. Dick Cheney is a primary reason the Republicans have been thrown out of office and for Boehner to align himself with him continues to distance people from the party. Lastly, if you're pinning your hopes on Newt Gingrich for your future in politics, I think you've already made a bold statement. Good luck guys!

    May 17, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. cd

    Dave, they were not the sole cause, there were plenty of democrats who sadly share some of the blame for the current mess this country is in.
    Now, the republicans do own the lions share of it, thats a fact , I just hope the voters refuse to allow them to have more of a voice until they admit it and actually take the steps needed as a party to clean themselves up and rein in their more far radical right members.
    That and they need to tell Cheney to shut up and get a hobby.

    May 17, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    GOP is a party of loonies who all put PARTY before COUNTRY.... gay marriage, stem cell research, and abortion rights are NOT national issues.

    May 17, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. JLR

    Please America – Learn from history and our mistakes. These two men were a big part in all the deceit during the Bush Administration. Why would you let them continue to craft your message for a New and Better America ???

    May 17, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. drew

    As a reblubocrat , which in theory is an indepedent, both parties are out of touch with America. Makes you wonder if all the conspiracy buffs pointing towards a "new world order" aren't wrong. Anyway, the Republican party of the 21st Century is turning towards a clan of outdated ideas with incompetent motives. When the party that espouses national defense shuns the one man that could truly unite America(Powell) due to conflicting philosophies, there's a problem. The true leader of the Republican Party should be Powell, but incompetence, which seems to be the theme of the republicans lately, trumps all logic. And as long as the republicans support hypocrisy from the likes of Rush(War on Drugs), Cheney(enough said), and Newt(multiple wives, but defends the sanctity of marriage), they will fall further and further from the grace of the American people.

    May 17, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Nick

    Don't you love the Republican so-called "values" and "morals" ?
    As long as it fits their agenda, feel free to pick and chose:

    Personal Freedoms: (like telling people what they can do to their bodies, do in the bedroom and how they can dress, the Patriot Act, wiretappings, who to marry etc..).

    Family/ Christian values: Torture, the Death Penalty, among other. The Irak war, 100% based on made-up "intelligence" (lies), we basically attacked Irak for no reason, killing 100 thousands in the "freedom" process.

    Fiscal Conservativeness: $400 million for abstinence programs (100% ineffective), no-bid contracts to Halliburton, $20 billions that disappeared in Irak, Tax Breaks to Exxon and political supporters etc..

    "Corporate Freedom", Enron and the financial crisis are perfect examples of what deregulation does.

    May 17, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Michael

    You have to realize that Boehner is going to receive a challenge for his seat from someone to the right of him. That kind of gives you an idea where his ideas are coming from; he's a conservative trying to beat away a right wing challenge for his own seat. Of course he's going to lean even farther to the right to keep it.

    May 17, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. simon

    Are you wake up "yeah right?" !!!!!!

    You want Colin Powell as the voice of Conservative? Give me a break. I do not see Colin Powell different w/Specter (a traitor in my view). Republican not as stupid as you think. Keep out, if you are a traitor too. Even your name you hide. What a man are you? Boehner is right he voice his view not like some of you think that he (Boehner) should follow your narrow thought, right?

    May 17, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. lou

    The GOP will never win again until they start listening to what people are saying. Cheney and Limbaugh will help with their base. But it is too small to win elections now. They have to appeal to the moderates and independants if they want to win.

    May 17, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Ivan

    What a terribly sad state they are in, touting cheney and limbaugh as being good for them!
    Keep it up, repugnicans. Everytime you open your desperate mouths to speak, you drop another bomb on your own heads.

    May 17, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. The Unshrub

    Right, and I am going to be the next President of the United States.

    May 17, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. don corpier

    who is this guy kidding. i think he must have taken drugs before making these comments. newt and dick have always been at the bottom of the popularity polls- has something changed that the american public is not aware of? then there is rush, one of the biggest bigots in this country. how can you trust a person that sends his house keeper out to buy his illegal drugs. what a fine example of republican values. the best is that criminal dick. lining his pockets with oil money, undermining the constitution, violating international and national laws. newt is just a complete idiot that does not the diff. from right and wrong. the republicans should pay attention to the polls-you people are D.O.A.with these three morons at your helm. you folks are in complete denial of reality. i hope the republicans continue this course of action-a sure fire way of continued democratic control.

    May 17, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. GenTwelve

    The Republicans are dead set against a black President, period. It's so balatantly obvious that they'll do their best to see America fail. It's gotten to the point were we are almost like the Jews and Palestinians. We don't care why, we ljust ive to hate each other.

    May 17, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Joanna

    Yes Rush, Cheney and Gingrich are helping! Obama 2012!!!

    May 17, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. coach

    This Republican party is not the one that I previously supported and not the one representing the sentiment of the country.

    May 17, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. marc

    Gingrich – Coulter, 2012

    May 17, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Tack Cooke

    Articles like this are funny. I enjoy watching the Republican party disengerate. Maybe a new party will form with better policies. I am sick and tired of being fodder the rich and greedy...

    May 17, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Love it!

    The leaders of the Republican party all have what I call cranial rectal disorder. Simply put, they have their heads up their asses.

    Maybe Anne Coulter should spew some more hate filled crap that they can all gobble up?

    As for Rush and Newt, they will end up being the pall bearers at their own funerals.

    May 17, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Yeah, you just keep on telling yourself that Boehner. Maybe if you repeat it a million times and wish upon a shiny star, it will be true.

    Those guys are the best ya got?

    Go for it!

    May 17, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Doc

    Boehner...an intellectual midget and grifter who someone with help from a equally corrupt and stupid constituency wouldnt know any ethical boundaries if he were surrounded by them. His comments, muddled in talking points and prevaracations, are rudimentary steps in obfuscation and ignorance. He has been a hack and a water carrier for every failed cause, save his own rise, that has occured in the GOP in the last 9 years. His embrace of Gingrich, Cheney and Limbaugh is nothing if not a feathering of his own political bed to refresh his own stay in congress for another 2 rotten years. He is the worst of the worst in American politics...a parasite on the body politic. He is fecal debis ina party noted for its decomposition and waste material taking up space in the Capitol.

    May 17, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Parnell Meagre

    Cheney – Limbaugh – Gingrich – these are the components of Karl Rove's new project tentatively entitled New Faces New Visions.

    Has anyone ever seen a less attractive bunch of humans?

    May 17, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. john McManus

    I believe this issue represents a vast right wing conspiracy of committed ignorance!!! Unfortunately the republican party is being lead by self appointed "bag of wind" right wing extremists. You go Rush, Sean, Glen...... it's kind of like quick sand.

    May 17, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Barry

    John Boehner is doing a great job – for us Democrats! He's just making the hole that the Republican party is in a little bit deeper.

    Keep on digging John!

    May 17, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. KYLE

    What a mess the Republican Party has become.

    May 17, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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