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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soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. B

    This guy and his cohorts are the big players in blocking every positive thing that Obama is trying to correct.
    It we don’t try to change the 60 vote majority in Congress, we will not get anything done in government concerning healthcare, energy,education, or any other concern.
    The Republicans are going to continue to say NO to everything Obama puts forward because they only want one thing, and that is failure of this president, period !

    Partisanship is destroying legislation for the people in this country, and we need to change some laws, by the people, for the people !

    January 23, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    We the voters are going to oust a LOT of the career politicians. If the new ones don't work for US, they will go too.

    January 23, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. George in AZ.

    Mr. "we've got ideas", where are they and why are you hiding them? For all the rhetoric that you throw around, they are all empty words. You have yet to extend your hand to anything that would help the U.S. get back on it's feet .I hope the people of Ohio stand up to your bluster. They deserve better.

    January 23, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Emma

    Who cares anymore? The politics of Washington are not getting us anywhere and we fear the economic mess will go on and on. Neither the republicans or Democrats are going to solve this huge problem. The outcomes of Scott Brown's votes are very open to scrutiny and while his election may be a statement of no trust in government, the blame for the economic crisis has been switched to Obama. The credit really should go to the government's actions from 2000 to 2008. So sad that we lack faith in any political party for a recovery.

    January 23, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Neo monarchist

    Bugl3T – It was your god king Clinton that shipped jobs overseas, not Mr. Boehner

    January 23, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    Let's get this straight...it is not about political party with those of us Independents anymore...it is about getting back to sanity in how the governemtn is run and how our tax payer $$$ is spent....

    January 23, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Neo monarchist

    Better to be taken over by the corporate world than the Maoist (Obamist) world.

    January 23, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Keeth in California

    MA electing a GOP senator does not mean the country is embracing everything GOP and rejecting everything Democrat/Obama. It means the country is more moderate and centrist than either party is willing to admit. The two-party system is a failure. Neither party is really working for us, they're only working for themselves. Whether Republican or Democrat, it's party before country, and the rest of us get stuck with the bill.

    January 23, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Capt. Snarky

    The Republicans had better tread lightly, voter ire cuts both ways – especially when the party leadership treats the electorate with arrogance...........

    January 23, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    What, Congressman Boehner, do you mean by work with Republicans? What work? What have you done for America recently? What you really mean is either give us our way or we'll flood the airwaves with the ugliness, hate, and lies we're well known for, a/k/a the Republican Noise Machine, so we can regain power. And we'll deceive our constituents once again by just painting "libruls" as evil incarnate, so that they will come out in force to vote for us, then give them nothing in return. Fear and hate works every time.

    Come on Democrats, grow a spine and stand up to this bullying. How can you let a minority stand in the way of progress for this country? You should be ashamed of yourselves. I am, for you.

    And Ohio, I love y'all. I have family near and dear to me there. What are you thinking with this guy? His tan looks good? He's orange! And if you look past the orange, there's nothing there. Ask yourself what he's done for America since we started sliding into a recession/depression? See!

    January 23, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Jose

    Work with republicans – you must have misspoke there. You're obstructionists and you showed over the past decade just how much you didn't want to get done for our country. You republicans are more interested in killing and torturing people than taking care of business here at home.

    January 23, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Patricia Dickson

    I am a very good listen and a reader too as i look in John Boehner eyes i can see the evil and demon possess person he is and its time for him to Repent of his wicked ways and turn to God. Repent ,repent John repent for the remission of your sins.

    January 23, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. vette gal

    Think he's got it wrong. It's his party and him that's been making matters worse. Neither party gets it. We are tired of the same old politicians being obstructive, no matter what party they belong to. Vote all these career guys out and put some new young intelligent blood in so our President can get something done. If we keep Pelosi, McCain, Dodd, Boehner, etc. in office, we only deserve what we get.....nothing done and business as usual.

    January 23, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Mitch

    I have been waiting for over a year now to hear ONE idea from the GOP that would suddenly put every American back to work.

    Come on Boehner...you and the rest of the dream team tell us that you have the answers. Suddenly after an economic collapse brought on by Republican policy and neglect we can believe that you have the answers to fix everything by Valentines day.

    Why have you been keeping it quiet? Why are you and the rest of the GOP keeping quiet on the great fix???

    I get it....since you broke it, you must know what you broke so you can fix it faster.

    Great...America feels that much better.

    A word of advice. Don't mistake inpatience with hate. ONly the tea bag posse hate. But they have no choice since they haven't been given any solutions to grasp from you either.

    January 23, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. C Spurgeon

    Yes I can really see Boehner working with anyone. What a total jerk and I am an independent. There are a lot of Dems and Republicans that need to go before anyone starts working for the good of this country..

    January 23, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. GB

    How many Democrats are sending jobs to China, Mexico, and India. It's Republican greed that killing jobs.

    January 23, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    All politics are local.

    One Senate race from a small state does not mean diddly squat.

    Boehner and his party – with their proven failed policies – are what created the mess President Obama is trying to fix.

    We were on the verge of an economic depression, the likes of which our country hadn't seen since 1929 – and President Obama's policies pulled us back from the brink.

    And if the Republican governors had accepted the stimulus money (or if they did accept it, didn't sit on it), the economic recovery would be further along.

    So go back to your tanning bed, Boehner – you and your party are LOSERS!

    January 23, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Republicans and their lackeys can crow all they want about Brown winning in Massachusetts – it doesn't change the fact that the failed policies of the GOP are what got us into this mess in the first place.

    Think about it: All the GOP wants to do is cut taxes for the wealthy.

    If that really worked, then all the Bush tax cuts would have created a robust economy, we wouldn't have a deficit, unemployment wouldn't be as high as it is.

    Gee, that didn't happen now, did it? Why? Because the Republicans' ideas DON'T WORK!

    January 23, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Michael from Ventura

    He forgot to mention that it is his party that doesn't want to work with the other side. Hypocrisy at it's apex!!

    January 23, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    "Work with Republicans"? Hahahahahaha!

    President Obama has given the Republicans plenty of opportunity to put our country ahead of their party, but the Republicans have refused.

    Democrats hold an 18-seat majority in the Senate – the largest majority since 1923 and a larger majority than any GW Bush had to work with.

    So guess what, Senator Tanning Bed? YOU are the ones who need to start cooperating. There's this little procedural thing called "reconciliation" which only requires 51 Senate votes – and I hope the Democrats give up on trying to work with you selfish jerks and just GET IT DONE!

    January 23, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Jerry-Dallas-Tx

    I wonder where this country will be in the next 5yrs if these idiots creeps back to power. Boehner was happy to vote for Bank bailout under GW with NO conditions attached. Obama modified it and put conditions.Recovery is going on and we just got to be patient. If we vote back same fox who brought us down,oh my God I can't believe it.
    We have Republicans with NO as the new policy. We have Supreme court giving big business the rights to make laws. What is left of us "we the voters" ?
    Please President Obama,bring up all necessary regulations for votes and let Republicans say NO as they always do! We will meet in November.
    THEY DON'T GET IT. BTW,the public want healthcare with public option or single payer. Bring it on the table and let SENATORS SAY NO and they will import their own votes from China.

    January 23, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. LoveThyNeighbor

    WORK WITH the Rebublicans? They wouldn't let the Democraps work with them the in the past administration! Why is it always "my way or the highway" with the rebubs? WHY can't THEY work with the others??? The rebubs are always saying no when it does not suit them or they have to be bullies and talk out both sides of their mouths. That in itself, confuses people more than putting things in laymens terms. Take a look at Limbaugh, Bachman, etc, etc,... why do some people NOT get it? Get out of your bubble and work TOWARDS a better UNITED States of America instead of holding us back DANM IT! Sam

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

    As a fellow Ohioan, I think Mr. Boehner is mistaken in his belief that people will swing the way of the Republicans.

    The Republicans need to get on board and quit wasting our money. What has he done in Washington except say NO. He has no concrete answers to the problem, except to say NO.

    So far Mr Boehner has done nothing to even warrant him being in Washington.

    We would be better served with a representative who actually does something useful for the State of Ohio. I think his NO vote does absolutely nothing to make things better for Ohio.

    Mr Boehner you need to realize that Ohioans expect a person to work for their money. You Sir, has done nothing.

    Time for you to move on, and be replaced with someone who takes the job seriously, has serious answers to problems, instead of going down in history as a member with NO ideas, and who offers NO help for our State.

    Voting NO on everything is not the answer, nor is it what Ohio needs.

    January 23, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. normajean

    Does John Boehner do anything but every month or so get in front of the camera to repeat something already said many times. He's really good at complaining what others aren't doing while doing absolutely nothing himself. While the Repubs are always talking on camera why can't they ever say anything constructive? Why can;t they ever DO anything constructive? To stevegee......The conservatives couldn't brew a good pot of coffee.Would the Repubs consider telling us once and for all what have they accomplished this year, other than becoming known world wide as "The Party of No".

    January 23, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. Showtime - Tampa

    dcmisty – The Dems (particular Princess Pelosi and Harry Reid) are the ring leaders of the circus you describe....So it was most certainly a vote against the Dems, against HC, Against Cap & Trade, Against Card Check, against Amnesty for Illegals, etc).....all these things will kill jobs if they succeed in passing it. They have already spend over a trillion dollars and have created very few jobs, particularly private sector...growing government now was idiotic.

    January 23, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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