January 23rd, 2010
11:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Boehner touts Massachusetts win in weekly address

(CNN) – In the weekly GOP radio and video address, House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, touts Sen.-elect Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts earlier this week, saying it sends a clear message to President Obama.

“President Obama and Democrat leaders in Washington now have a choice: work with Republicans to get our nation back on its feet, or double down on the job-killing policies that are making matters worse," Boehner says in the address.


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  1. harold

    John do you have Health Insurance to cover you and your family?

    January 23, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. True American

    Hell will freez before Republican take control of our country again.
    All American who love this country should keep these Repub s.o.b.
    out. They almost distroyed our country and have no shame. To hell with all of theme.

    January 23, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. jeannie

    Alright...enough!!!Are we going to hear for the next year about how angry the American electorate is and how Obama is washed up? And how Massachusetts has sent a message to America? How many articles can they write on this? While Republicans gloat, and go on about how they will block anything Obama tries to do, nothing gets done AGAIN!! It's painfully obvious what we are looking at is three more years of paralysis while each side tries to demagogue the other. Let's stop the jabbering about Brown and his message and get moving on desperately needed changes. Stop the one-upmanship and childish antics and do what you're paid to do!! Start by growing up and quitting your ego-inflating behavior.

    January 23, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. John in WV

    The day you convince me that the republicans want to get America back on it's feet during a democrat administration will be the day you convince me pigs really can fly. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know who is not working with who in Washington.

    January 23, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Showtime - Tampa

    Shelly – spouting the "Tax Cuts for the Rich" nonsense once again.....you believe everything you hear don't you....

    It was tax cuts for ALL! EVERY single individual tax bracket was lowered....EVERYONE....the marriage penalty was eliminated (helps all married filers), the EIC tax credit was increased (which is specifically for the working poor not the rich), Increased the exemption of the AMT (does help the rich), Decreased the capital gains tax which actually drove up revenue to the gov't because it spurred more investment.....

    Additionally, before the tax cuts the top 1% and 5% paid 34% and 54% respectives, AFTER the cuts the each group paid more (40% and over 60%) respectively....the poor's (actually the bottom 50% of filers) share decreased from 4% to under 3%....so the poor paid less and the rich paid more and yet you still whine the nonsense!

    January 23, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Francheska

    The fact that Brown won does not mean that Republicans are on the up in the political system. It just means that a lot of people voted because they were mad (which has to be a bad idea, much like shopping for groceries when you are hungry). The Republicans do not have any answers or else they would have come up with those solutions before President Bush left office.

    January 23, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. maineman

    Most all of today's politicians are incredibly self-centered and sheep, following their party's tilt. What America needs is more people like Scott Brown, ie Scott Brown republicans and Scott Brown democrats.

    January 23, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. scott

    REPUBLICANS screw things up – drag our country through the muck – and when they're kicked out they turn and blame the mess on those who came to fix the problem. COWARDS, LIES AND CHEATS!!!

    January 23, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Donovan

    The job killers are the people who are shipping our jobs overseas ... REPUBLICANS. The job killers are those who are opposing ANY healthcare reform ... REPUBLICANS. You do realize the reason why many employers are leaving the USA is because healthcare is the burden of the employers here ... and it's the burden of the PEOPLE via nationalized healthcare in virtually EVERY SINGLE OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. So ... the republicans are against both healthcare AND jobs creation/savings every time they goose-step their "no" votes. The republicans WERE INVITED to the table ... it's the REPUBLICANS who said "no". There have been attempts at bipartisanship ... the republicans have said "no". The Democrats have did everything in their power to get the republicans to come along ... the republicans still say "no".

    January 23, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Another Reformed Republican

    Anyone with any intelligence will take what the Boner says and do the opposite. Boehner isn't smart enough to discern feces from food; that is why he spouts so much of it.

    January 23, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Sue

    If you look at the Scott Brown campaign/win--you will see what the majority want/do not want.

    This is easy to figure out--even Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and the rest of the Democratic Party/politicians should be able to figure it out.

    Scott Brown campaigned on............

    -NO amnesty or any other rewards/accommodations for illegals

    -NO Obama/Pelosi/Reid health care disaster

    -NO late term/partial birth abortions

    -NO lawyers and civilian trials for terrorists

    -NO closing Gitmo

    -No Cap and Tax Energy Bill

    -NO spend and tax solutions

    -NO anti-capitalist/anti-business policies

    January 23, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Fed up Monority

    The wingnuts are so excited...can't wait for the big let down....The people of Mass...vote against their own interest.....What has Brown got to offer...except a vote against the president.....and that does what for you........we are still up 5 congressional seat to 1......enjoy this now....we will see what Brown does

    January 23, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Perusing-through

    BROWN WON BECAUSE TEA-BAGGERS MADE A STRONG SHOWING WHILE DEMOCRATS, PROGRESSIVES, and LIBERALS PONDERED WHETHER THEY SHOULD SHOW UP

    Massachusetts Liberals and Progressives that pushed Obama into presidency in 2008 did not come out strong for Martha Coakley in January 2010. Many registered Democrats were offended by Martha's "take them for granted" posture. Also, many Democrats did not vote as a statement to punish Obama and the Democrats for not fighting harder for their progressive causes.

    So what we have here for at least the next year is Congressional deadlock, and again nothing will get done as the 41st Republican GOP Obstructionist takes his seat in the Senate. Everybody loses.

    January 23, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Albo58

    The cat is out of the bag, Dimwits! After a year of unmitigated disaster, the silent majority is coming and we're bringing Hell with us! The insane days of runaway tax & spend, theft, entitlement programs fraud, and flaccid diplomacy are going to be put back into the Pandora's Box. See you in November!

    January 23, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Texas Jack

    It better be sending a clear message to you Republicans also. No incumbent is safe in keeping his job. It is time for The for the American people to stand up for the constitution. "IN GOD WE TRUST". Kick the ACLU and the gangsters out of the White House. This is our house. I AM TIRED AND FED UP WITH TWO PARTIES TRYING TO OUTDO THE OTHER TAKING CARE OF BIG BUSINESS AND THROWING THE LITTLE MAN INTO WARS THAT DON'T MAKE SENSE. We need to concentrate on the terrorists and rid that country or countries of their capability of backing them. The two parties better come together and get something done or WE'RE VOTING YOU OUT. DO YOU NOT SEE WHAT'S IS BEGINNING TO HAPPEN? IF NOT YOU SOON WILL.

    January 23, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. hongli

    Whenever you see a picture of Boehner and McConnell they are always projecting a stressed look and that's what the GOP stands for---DEPRESSION,LIES and FEAR.

    January 23, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. jeannie latimer

    Oh yeah...things have really changed with Brown's election....Boehner proves it's "politics as usual"...that's really helpful, Boehner, to jabber on about how conservatives are back and ready to continue blocking anything Obama puts forth....who are you kidding??? Here we go, 3 more years of one-upmanship...can't wait.

    January 23, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. cardog

    Every time this guy comes on T.V. to say "No" to something, anything, I cringe. Someone in another blog stated that Americans are tired of all these guys both Dem & Rep. Something so simple, so humanitarian, could not get done because of weak kneed, no back bone Dems and the obstructive Republican party, says a lot about those we all have elected.
    National Health Care is vital to this country and it's citizens. Those that voice opposition are those who have insurance already through their jobs, or those who have been convinced by the party of "NO" that the government will take away their Medicare???
    Speaking of Medicare, is this not a form of the dreaded socialist programs that all these old people are railing aganist? Should'nt those of you that invested well give that back and use your many assets gained over the years? Let's even include Social Security, that other dreaded socialist program established for older Americans. Those who have assets yet claim your social security, should'nt you give that back and allow people who have nothing to tap into a program that will help them and their children.
    Oh no, you would'nt do that would you? You deserve what you get and it's your right to excercise your participation in Social Security and Medicare, even though you hate it so much.
    Please quit giving into fear and open your minds to the changing world we ALL live in. Politicians need to start telling the truth for a change and let the American public know that Health Care affordability is needed, is coming and we all will have to pay for it through our taxes.
    The country America loves to hate (France) has the best Nat'l Health care in the western world. Their citizen may not be happy with their tax burden, but they seem to understand that there is no free lunch in order to take care of themselves and their fellow citizens.
    Wake up, grow up America and understand that you are not what you protray to be, generous, caring etc...a lot of you are self centered, self absorbed and out- right selfish.

    January 23, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. aware

    Scott Brown is the authentic, common sense guy with the charm and wisdom that Obama faked! :)

    January 23, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. Greg Luth

    Mr. Boehner

    If you cared a wit for the American people you would be working with the president to solve our problems rather than working against him for political gain. As a small business owner, I pay $8,000 per year per employee for health insurance. I compete with foreign businesses that don't have that expense because they have national health care systems that actually work. Why don't you get behind health care so America can stop sending jobs overseas?

    January 23, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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