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. mario ca

    Jobs killing wow, he, with is gang put the country back to fifty years

    January 23, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. stevegee

    Massachusetts gave us "the Scott heard 'round the world."

    Look out liberals, the conservative movement is brewing up a game changer in November. And guess what? You're going to lose!

    January 23, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. dcmisty

    Apparently Mr. Boehner and the rest of the Republicans aren't listening to the American people either. Mr. Brown's win wasn't a vote against Democrats as much as it was a vote against the circus that is going on in Washington, DC. ALL the politcians in DC need to get their act together. The folks in the Congress need to start playing nice in the sandbox, or face other defeats at the polls as voters remain angry about the economy, jobs and health care. To date, I haven't heard or seen a Republican plan for anything..now would be a good time to unveil something instead of blaming everything on Democrats.

    January 23, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. greenfish

    John Boehner is a lying sack. The republicans have absolutely NO interest in working with the democrats. They are the party of NO that voted in lock step against a health care bill that had provisions many of them supported when they were in the majority.

    Our financial mess is also contributed in equal or large part to their selective financial restraint. No one in the history of this republic cuts taxes and fights 2 wars.

    They are a disgrace to democracy.

    January 23, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Boehner should be made to recite the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights because he proved he doesn't know the difference. He's an embarrassment for a person holding public office.

    January 23, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Boston Guy

    Scott Brown is just another Sarah Palin for the GOP. All of a sudden he is their super star, already looking to be President. Apparently, the party of hate, fear, no and hypocrites will never change. Just adding more hypocrites to the bunch. Scott Brown didn't have any solutions to improving our state or the country, just saying he will block anything the President tries to put through.

    January 23, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Shelly

    Mr. Boehner, with all due respect but I believe the policies made during your term with the Bush/Cheney presidency that have led to the massive mess we are in. How can you forget pushing tax cuts for the rich down our throats; a false war that cost trillion dollars but was never accounted for;Haliburton and Blackwater back room dealings; torture of prisoners against the Geneva convention; ridiculing science ; and the immense arrogance towards the rest of the world!!!
    We have not forgotten this and your party's no- solution to our current problems is starkingly obvious and disgusting.
    History will show that you had the ignorant , self righteous, intolerant and the greedy electorate on your sad side.

    January 23, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. JP

    I just couldn't conceive the idea of the President of the United States striking out a back door deal with the union leaders just for long term political gains.
    It's obvious much of America didn't like it.

    January 23, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. D.D.

    He is not for America. He is too busy playing golf and tanning rather than try to aid in helping get heath insurance for the poverty level Republicans in the south.

    January 23, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Bugl3t

    This from a Republican who played key roles in shipping YOUR jobs overseas, with the help of Bush, Cheney, Reagan, McCain, et al.

    This from a Republican who helped fund the corporate takeover of our government through deregulation and tax cuts for corporations and the owners who sucked our economy dry through speculation and greed.

    This from the Republican who helped Bush/Cheney start a couple of wars so that their buds at Halleburton and Blackwater/Xe and Brown and Root (what's their "new" name?) could commandeer billions in the name of "patriotism" and WMDs.

    January 23, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. pat c.

    this clown should be so afraid! why can't these old white republican NO sayers get the hint....they are also in danger. we as a country are just as tired of the republicans just saying NO to anything our president has tried to do. it is well time to get rid of all the old blood in congress, vote in young fresh blood an finally get to work with solving our problems as a nation. i am sick of the democrats fighting with each other an getting nothing done as well.president obama deserves young,intervaters on both sides that put country needs first before thinking of only whats in it for them! i say everyone in congress as of right now need to listen up....WE ARE TIRED OF ALL OF YOU,BOTH DEMS AN REPUBS!!!

    January 23, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Video Guy

    I agree, Johnny Boehner needs to start following President Obama instructions and tole the mark.

    January 23, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. virginia nielsen

    Republicans want to take us to another century... the 19th century !!!

    January 23, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. the unsub

    this man has no cred. he is part of the problem. they should all go and start voting in folks who actually work for a living.

    January 23, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Mlhall

    Yes it is Scott heard around the world, did some one take his shirt off or was he completely nude? CNN should focus on this man body but I guess you have to be a black man for the new media to give 100% to that. Talking about double standard. We may lose but atleat we you will know we were there.

    January 23, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. John Boehner is like Cleopatra, only he bathes in Cheetos

    I do not believe there is a republican dumber that Boehner. I wish someone could explain to him that he and his fellow conservatives in congress and the supreme court have destroyed American democracy.

    January 23, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. gary davis harbor oregon

    by the time NOV. comes around the republican purist will probably loose a couple re elections to the democrats . so LOL live it up for the moment
    your purist party is still on the way down . colectively you don't have everyone on your side . to many years with the BUSH CHENEY ROVE DOCTRINE . people are tired of the lis and threats . the only reason you won using Brown is COAKLEY wasn't good enough to get the democrats out to vote . republicans are like sheep and its the only reason you win anything . the republican supporters wopuld follow you over a cliff . single file. democrats are not followers so they can't get organized enough to keep you out of office . but again your days are numbered because of you are now eating your own trying to scare each other into line .. :)

    January 23, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. silvertrueone

    stevegee listen to yourself carefully game change in Novemember? well becareful what you wish for you might be first person standing in breadline along with the party of no hope when you are offered bread you can still say no!

    January 23, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Errr... The democrats have worked with the republicans throughout last year. They have given into every single one of their whiny demands and in turn completely destroyed health care reform by compromising to the republicans. And still all the republicans ever did was just say no to everything. Even if the democrats stepped back and let republicans write the entire health care bill, republicans would stay vote against it, just to oppose Obama and blame him for failure. Republicans don't want to work with anyone. They just want to keep parroting 'no, no, no!'

    January 23, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Abe

    Mr. Bohner should not be the one to talk. He has been against Obama running for the presidency and has been working against the presidents agenda since day one. If the Republicans think there win in Massachusetts in a referendum on the president they better think twice. Mr. Bohner assertion that Democrats have to work with the Republicans to get the nation back on its feet is a joke. I think he is forgetting or becoming senile that it was his party that put our country in a shamble. How soon do we forget. I think Mr. Bohner should advice his party members not to be like a wrecking crew and work to undermine our president and the American people. I say " Think Country First and Politics second" because it all belongs to all of us. God Bless our country.

    January 23, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. MatthewDetroit

    Kick some arse Boehner....

    Time to push this liberal agenda and all the socialism out the door.

    NOW do us a favor and cut spending. The Republicans spent too much money in the previous 8 years.

    We need to CUT goverment spending.
    We need to CUT the size of goverment and all of the officials.
    Time to cut their staffs and their payrolls.
    Get rid of ALL the czars.
    Make goverment and spending smaller. CUT 25% of all goverment spending. ELIMINATE ALL programs prior to 1980.

    January 23, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. Chris

    How about Republicans working with the President! The Republicans idea of the President "working with" them is that the President do exactly what they want them to do with no compormise or say from him in the least. It doesn't matter that the GOP is the minority party. Apparently, all the votes from the 2008 election that put Obama and the Democrats in power can now all be overturned by a single vote in one state for a replacement senator. Democracy for a Republican is when 41% of the country can tell the other 59% what to do.

    As far as "job killing policies" go, it was the Right's policies of 8 years of unrestrained greed and treating the Marketplace as some sort of Darwinian Wild West that created the worldwide economic collapse and the resulting job loss in the first place. NIce contradictory message, the Right Wingers all for small goverment and strong idividualiality, but when it comes to jobs, its all Obama's fault for the goverment not finding everyone a job.

    January 23, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. Hammerer

    If you can believe the media, which is a stretch, the politicans in Wsahington still don't get it.
    For Obama to try to spin the message the way he says, he is either really stupid or totally arrogant. The message is we don't want any of your change, not healthcare, not bailouts, not close Gitmo, not bring terrorist into the US, not give terrorist rights that Americans have fought and died for, not any of your ideas so far.
    Why is that so hard?

    January 23, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. JAB

    If Scott Brown was so proud of being a Republican, how come it was not prominently displayed for all the world to see. He played that part very low key and also stated that he would vote for what is best for MA. Now if he doesn't do that and votes lock step with the Repbulicans and they remain the party of No, they too will lose come November. Both side better be paying attention to the voters.

    January 23, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Thanks John,now we can all race to the bottom and make 50cents an hour.hahaha

    January 23, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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