February 26th, 2010
10:05 AM ET
5 years ago

Boehner imagines being Speaker

John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid all answered questions posed by YouTube users Friday.
John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid all answered questions posed by YouTube users Friday.

Washington (CNN) - In his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, House Minority Leader John Boehner asked the crowd to imagine what Congress would look like if he became Speaker of the House - a prospect that has become more likely as the political environment sours for Democrats.

A confident-sounding Boehner continued to float that possibility on Thursday after the bipartisan health care summit with President Obama in a post-meeting question and answer session with YouTube users. Video of his chat which was posted Friday morning.

"If I become Speaker of the House, we are going to run the House differently, different from the current majority and from past Republican ones," he promised, answering a question from a YouTube user who demanded that legislators read lengthy bills before voting on them.

"And if I become Speaker there will be a 72 hour reading period before any bill is brought to the floor," the Ohio Republican added, repeating a pledge he made at CPAC.

"We don't need these really big bills," he said. "We can keep these bills smaller, more targeted, so that people actually can read them and understand what they are voting on before they come to the floor."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also sat down for interviews with YouTube users after the health care summit.


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  1. Susan in NC

    OH, I surely hope that's only his over-active imagination talking! We CANNOT allow that to happen!

    February 26, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Dianne

    Lord, please don't let this whining complainer become speaker of the house. He's part of the problem, not the solution for a VERY disfunctional organization.

    February 26, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. gg

    Already measuring the drapes... before the voters decide.

    February 26, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Video Guy

    The best think Ohio can do for the US is put this guy in the unemployment line.

    February 26, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. donttreadonme

    He would make a great speaker and I am looking forward to it. The most interesting thing that came out of the summit is there are many good thing Repubs and dems agree on. Why wont the dems pass those first to get some reform and work out the sticking points later? It is all or nothing with the dems at the determinant of the people.

    February 26, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    More accountability to the public, and not the political party, is an absolute must, to save the US government from failing.

    The current excesses of the "political machine" have to stop.

    February 26, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Conservative American

    It's about time! I don't care which arty has control – things need to change as far as business as usual is concerned in our government. What we have now is a travesty.

    February 26, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Bruce

    And this bozo and his friends call President Obama arrigant. Pot and tea kettle cliche appropriate here...

    February 26, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Gino

    They should use really small words too, just so the lame idiots can understand what they are voting on

    February 26, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. SuzyQ

    You think this government is in a mess now heaven forbid if this joke becomes speaker. You might as well kiss the middle class goodbye because he is one of the good old rich boys.
    You won't have to worry about health care reform we will all be priced out of health care all together and everything else we own. Heaven please help us!!!

    February 26, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Ron

    Sorry, Charlie. It's TOO LATE to find your sense of integrity. You must REALLY think we are STUPID to fall for that old trick. Only sad thing is we can't vote you out of office this time around, but you can bet money it's coming. In other words...YOU'RE FIRED!!! YOu forgot the golden rule of DC: NEVER believe your own press.

    February 26, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Jay

    Keep dreaming pal. People will realize sooner or later that Republicans aren't the answer. They weren't the last time either. Yeah a Republican Congress and a Republican President wasted a surplus handed to them, started 2 wars, doubled the national debt, and almost caused the US to collapse due to "free market capitalism".

    No thanks Mr. Boehner, you and the rest of your party deserve and belong to be in the minority.

    February 26, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. Deb (Long Island)

    There is no way this man can become Speaker of the House. It is not that he is a Republican it is the fact that I feel other than tanning and the occasional press conference what does he really do. No he should never be Speaker of the House.

    February 26, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Diane

    Yuck! Can't take this phony.

    February 26, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. FM

    I do not understand why the Repubs leaders are always having a day dream. Sarah Palin dreamed being in White House and when she missed it, she was not able to carry on with her governorship. Boehner stop dreaming you as well, you will never become a Speaker.

    February 26, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. p

    He is a bone head.
    Can't stand him!
    Once a healthcare reform bill passes (and it will) – let him and the dittos convince the newly insured that should give up their insurance access. That will be fun.
    He doesn't give a crap about America, only about his own ambition – to be Speak of the House.
    We need to scrap him and start with a blank piece of paper!

    February 26, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. deon01

    20 yrs in congress, now you want to read a bill.........I would have loved for someone to read the patriot act ot me way back in '02.

    February 26, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. jules sand-perkins

    What a pleasant goal to imagine! John Boehner as Speaker of the House...
    Another beautiful dream: Ms. Pelosi not the Speaker, and the restoration of common sense.
    Isn't there some celebrated Republican lady who's always reminding us about common sense?

    February 26, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. WallyJ

    Oh you are such a sweetheart "Bonner"..and you always look like your going to a cocktail party, so I guess you think you would be a good speaker...

    February 26, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Ryan

    Wishful thinking, coming from someone who's known for such melodrama and melanoma he can't be taken seriously.

    These elections aren't games people. So don't even consider voting for these clowns. (Especially the ones who have been wrong on every issue and denied Americans EVERYTHING we asked for – as if it were a question, we're the boss!)

    February 26, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. andy

    Anyone would be better than the liberal nutjob thats speaker now. Mickey Mouse could do a better job.

    February 26, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. Dieter Zerressen

    He can read bills while laying in his tanning bed.

    February 26, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Dave

    You people are so gullable.

    This man is a liar, just like the rest of the republicans. Wou will get what you deserve and I can't wait to laugh at your complaints.

    When another republican ruins the free market, just like Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush 2, I hope all the jobs are lost.

    February 26, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. JohnRJ08

    Boehner is the classic vacuous politician. He actually believes that CO2 causes cancer and that it comes from cows. Always dressed nattily with his artificial tan, Boehner represents the lowest common denominator of voter standards. During the health care summit, he could contribute nothing but negativity and sarcasm. Clearly, he feels that the current bill is simply too long and hard to read, so he's complaining about it. If he were to become Speaker of the House, his Congress would make the current gridlock and obstructionism look like a well-oiled legislative machine. Whether you're a Republican or a Democrat, it would seem to me that you would want the brightest and most capable individual representing you. Why anybody would pick this empty-suit is a mystery to me.

    February 26, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Mark L.

    Imagine John Boehner as the future Speaker of the House? For Heaven's Sake – What is this Great Country of Ours Coming Too? No Mr. Boehner, I CANNOT Imagine You as the Next Speaker of the House. I could, however, picture you as the next "Fuhrer" of the House of Representatives. Imagine this – Nancy Pelosi, liberal 'socialist' Democrat vs. John Boehner – conservative 'FACIST' Republican.

    February 26, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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