June 29th, 2010
03:55 PM ET
4 years ago

Boehner: Dems 'snuffing out' America I grew up in

House minority leader John Boehner is stepping up criticism of his Democratic colleagues.
House minority leader John Boehner is stepping up criticism of his Democratic colleagues.

(Updates with Democratic response)

(CNN) – House Minority Leader John Boehner is stepping up criticism of his Democratic colleagues, telling the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that "they're snuffing out the America that I grew up in."

Boehner's comments are the latest indication the Ohio Republican is aggressively setting his sights on the November elections as it appears increasingly possible his party could take control of the House.

"Right now, we've got more Americans engaged in their government than at any time in our history," he told the paper in comments published Tuesday. "There's a political rebellion brewing, and I don't think we've seen anything like it since 1776."

But Boehner, who most certainly would become speaker next year should the GOP take control of the chamber, stopped short of predicting Republicans will gain the 40 seats necessary to oust Democrats from control.

"The American people have written off the Democrats," he said. "They're willing to look at us again."

The top House Republican also previewed the GOP's top priorities should he take control of the speaker's gavel, including a repeal of the recently passed health care legislation.

"We are going to do everything we can to make sure that this law and this program never really takes effect," Boehner said. "One option would be to repeal the $534 billion in Medicare cuts, which pay for more than half of the law's provisions. "They're going to need money from the Congress to hire these 20,000-plus bureaucrats they need to hire to make this program work. They're not going to get one dime from us."

Boehner also suggested raising the social security retirement age to 70 for those who have at least 20 years left before retirement as a possible way to finance the ongoing wars

"We need to look at the American people and explain to them that we're broke," he said. "If you have substantial non-Social Security income while you're retired, why are we paying you at a time when we're broke? We just need to be honest with people."

In a statement released Tuesday, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen said Boehner's comments are "a wake-up call to the American people about the dangers of turning back the clock to a Republican Congress."


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  1. CW in St. Paul

    Wow, what a dangerous thing to say.

    June 29, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Tj

    Who cares when he grew up........50 years ago......this is a new face with new ideas and open minds. People today or smart and they are not going back into histroy....remember our histroy was not good at all when it came to the people. Things are changing , we are changing and we dont want to go back..........Boehner no cigar......

    June 29, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Al

    Yes! FEAR! This is the word. Their words:" If we get the majority, see what we'll do!". Oh well! We saw it during 8 years..2 wars, a recession, billions of $$ to the drain.. Deficit rising. Policies about energy controls scrapped.. We saw what they did, We know your results. Mr. Boehmer, maybe WE, American people, are somehow unhappy about all these costs rising, but we will not forget who triggered this craziness. So do not lose your time to talk about repeal a law that helps millions of Americans. Do your job. Be constructive. And stop saying NO just because.

    June 29, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. David in Houston

    The GOBP's days are numbered...

    June 29, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Tree hugging pacifist liberal

    "A black man would not have been President in the American I grew in! He wouldn't even be allowed in the same restaurant!"

    June 29, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. TurnaboutnowweallPay

    Don't worry Tan Man, there are many of us in the Nation that have our family roots all the way to the beginning. Our people have died before fighting for our personal rights and freedoms, we are ready to do it again should need be.

    June 29, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Claire

    You can blame this unrest on the likes of Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Fox (Not) News and those Republican leaders who stand behind and support all the rubbish that spews out of these peoples mouths. If we have a rebellion, you can bet that it was caused by these rebel rousers!

    June 29, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. pflatman

    Wow, tan-man. Let's step back in time, shall we? How about those wonderful 50's?

    The Dems are no gems, but the Repubs are solidly entrenched in the middle of the 20th century. How about catching up, bonehead?

    June 29, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. mrinternet

    Americans DO remember the current financial meltdown that America currently is in – is the same Great GOP 2007 near-depression...

    in which the Republicans are mostly responsible for due to non-regulation enforcement of the financial industry and relying on the heavily encouraged mortgage industry to to pull out all the stops and produce GDP numbers for the incompetent GOP administration that did NOT have a clue how to grow the U.S. economy in the globalization climate when America has recklessly out-sourced manufacturing and is NO longer a net exporter of commodities.

    America has few tools to climb out of this GOP financial fiasco with due to the GOP's dismantling of the U.S. government and relentless attempts to topple democracy in America as an entire generation or two have known it!!!

    June 29, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. juge

    What are you smoking? You and your party have been having a party at the expense of the people. You have not allowed us to recover from the debacle left behind by your party. NO NO NO seems to be the refrain from you and your kind. You are hoping that your NO NO NOssssssss will stagnate us and you believe that most of us are stupid and see it as the Democrats fault when it is the Republicans and the Blue Dogs that have kept us at risk of losing our diversified country.

    June 29, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Jamie from Riverside

    If there's anything anyone should snuff out it would be Boner's shockingly, loud tie.

    June 29, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. harvey kenemore

    GREAT comments guys & gals. Several comments touched on what I believe are the foundation principles of the Republican party.
    The first is to create a society ruled by the rich and their corporations for the benefit of the ruleing rich.
    The second is to do anything, and back any cause that will bring about the first. Examples: Racism, eleminate birth control, promote gun control, encourage homophobia, ect.
    Without these divisive issues, they would be unable to accomplish their agenda, and are such crybaby wimps when they dont get their way. I say to h___ with bi-partison efforts. We need more liberal senators and congressmen to push OUR agends.

    June 29, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Harry

    Wah, wah, wah! Someone needs to put a sock in this guys mouth. He is a sore loser and sounds like a broken record just like Sean Hannity.

    June 29, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Carmelle

    CNN, give the full interview!! Boehner:

    - Called for the retirement age to be raised to 70 so we can pay for the wars

    - Said that if you have enough money already, that the gvt should not owe social security (even if you pay for it your whole life)

    - Said that WS Reform is like killing an ant with a nuclear weapon!

    So in the passed month, the repubs have ask for WS and BP to be left alone. Asked the tax payers to pay for BP's damage and apologize to BP. Now they are asking regular Americans who played by the rules to work until they die!!!

    Repubublicans = TOO TWISTED TO GOVERN!!!

    June 29, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Big_D

    Yes it was a beautiful country before Reagan started deregulation of everything and destroyed it.

    June 29, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. nini

    Our country will being destroyed and our way of life will no longer be if the Democrats and Obama stay in power.

    We must vote them OUT. America I know wasn't built on class warfare, envy and demonizing its citizens.

    America I know rewards success, and respects individual rights and choices. The America I know follows the law and our constitution.

    Obama said we are few days away from transforming this country when he was campaigning but no one new what that meant but NOW WE DO.

    They hate the foundation this country was build on and have no problem to destroying it.

    America start loving your country again that is the only thing that will save us.

    June 29, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Pete in Guilford

    Boehner, if you don't want more government workers why don't YOU try get a job in the PRIVATE sector?

    June 29, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Helen

    Has anyone besides me seen the hatred in this man's eyes when the President speaks. It is unbelievable that his part(ies) have not warned him about it. He looks as though his head is going to explode because he really does want "the America he grew up in." Where everyone stayed in their "place". He does not give a damn about people receiving medicare, his insurance is free for life...I think they should re-evaluate that and make them pay for it.

    June 29, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Wanda Hawkins

    The one you grew up in.,.,....is that the one that started the wars in Iraq and Afganistan? How much money did you – and are you still – sinking money into??

    June 29, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. ja

    be real, Bush started the process, do i need to itemize the list, just a few, blew budget surplus, started two wars based on lies, is that enough, you found no wrong in him, just danced with the devil

    June 29, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. harvey 60

    YOU GO, Beaner! already undoing every good thing that the Democrats have done since they took over from you and the other thugs. Friends of Wall Street, Big Oil, Big Tobacco, Party of Goldwater, Agnew, Nixon, Thurmond, DeMint, and Brewer. The America that you grew up in stunk! All Ike did was play golf at Augusta when it was whites only. Your idol Goldwater voted against Medicare, fool. Then you had Spiro and the tricky one with their enemies list. All you want to do is lower taxes for yourself and your rich contributors, wash away all regulations, make believe we're back in colonial times where everyone's defending themselves from wild Indians. In the America you and I grew up in, Beaner, you had whites only lunch counters and drinking fountains, no help for the poor and frail, no NASA, and cancer patients were being treated with mustard gas. Oh, and you had Dick Cheney saying he had more important things to do than defend his country in Vietnam.

    June 29, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. Mike in German

    Things were always better in the good 'ol days! Every generation says so!

    June 29, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. Didi

    Oh, that tan. He could be the next cast member of Jersey Shore. John "The Situation" Boehner.

    June 29, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Teo

    The only revolution we need is the one in which ALL elected officials are subjected to TERM LIMITS. There should be NO CAREER POLITICIANS. Those who have made a career out of being a U.S. Representative or Senator are the people to blame for the problems with this nation. Their only concern is to line their own pockets and make their families wealthy. Not one of them really cares to SOLVE PROBLEMS, otherwise we would already be using renewable energy, Social Security and Medicare would not be headed for a train wreck, health care and immigration would have been fixed, Wall St would not have been "regulating" itself and we wouldn't be occupying 2 countries while bankrupting ourselves. End the two party system and choose people to govern like we do for jury duty. Government should be BORING and the people who run it should have measurable results. It shouldn't be a soap opera or like kids on a playground where the Big Orange Bully is in charge.

    June 29, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. A. Goodwin

    Boehner can thank his fellow Republican's during the Regan era (specfically Don Regan and his cronies) for throwing this country down the drains!! Thanks to "Reganomics"...we can all can pay more, have less and watch those who are all ready rich get richer. People are writing off dems...news to me!!! For every conservative GOP out there willing to drink the kool-aid...there are 3 intelligent people (independents/democrats/3rd party) willing to bet they are WRONG.

    June 29, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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