September 26th, 2010
11:23 AM ET
8 years ago

Boehner: 'I believe I have the support of my colleagues'

Washington (CNN) - Republican Minority Leader John Boehner expressed confidence Sunday he would become House speaker if conservatives prevail in November.

"I believe I have the support of my colleagues, current and future," Boehner told FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace.

If elected, he would likely preside over an unwieldy group of moderate, conservative and Tea Party Republicans.

Boehner has recently become the target of high-level attacks from Democrats, including President Obama. Some believe the minority leader, who has been criticized for his ties with lobbyists, will not be popular with many Republicans once he becomes more widely known.

Boehner told Wallace a Republican takeover of Congress would mean no more "business as usual in Washington, DC."

But he would not go into specifics about how his party would balance the budget or handle pricey entitlement programs like Social Security or Medicare.

"When you start down that path, you just invite all kinds of problems," Boehner said.

"Let's not get to the potential solutions," Boehner said about the deficit. "Let's make sure Americans understand how big the problem is. Then we can begin to talk about possible solutions."

His counterpart, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), said "clearly the deficit is a terrific problem that we've got to face" but called a set of new Republican initiatives unveiled Thursday "more spin than substance."

Hoyer also said Democrats were likely to reconvene after the November elections to vote on extending tax cuts, even if Republicans have gained a majority in the House.

He defended the probability of a lame duck session and told Wallace "I don't think we're going to make any decisions against the will of the American public."

"I think it is absolutely correct and under both parties' leadership we have done that," Hoyer said. "Members of Congress are elected for 24 months. Not for 21 months, not for 22 months. For 24 months. And they will continue their responsibility until the end of their term."

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Adalbert

    This incompetent idiot has far to many followers.

    September 26, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Ken in NC

    I see now what the problem is with the Republican Party. Minority Leader Boehner says, "I believe I have the support of my colleagues". He probably believes in the "Tooth Fairy" too.

    September 26, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. vic, Nashville TN

    What Boehner say is it will be lame duck session because I don't think we're going to make any decisions against the tea party

    We got it

    September 26, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. diridi

    this guy do not talk any sense to me...just like Mitt Romney,....These GOP thugs are just good for nothing...absolutely nothing....they created the biggest mess in American History...true...true...

    September 26, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. ron

    He's colleagues will follow him off a cliff if he asks.

    September 26, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. mtrought

    Well I am happy that it is only tour colleagues that support you Boehner and not the nation. Good grief

    September 26, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. ohiovoter

    John Boehner is the most arrogant and self-centered person in Congress. He doesn't speak for me nor does he have my support. I live not that far from his district and I can tell the American people from first hand that he hasn't done anything for the people of Ohio,

    September 26, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. FloridaVoter

    We are in this financial mess because of the GOP's agenda for the last 8 years. How can anyone with half a brain in their head contemplate putting these wreckless thugs back in power? The present administration has been in office for almost 2 years and it will take longer than that to correct 8 years of wreckless spending. The Democrats need to have a back bone and remind their votes that we are in a recession because of the GOP.

    September 26, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Bill R in Oakland

    "Let's not get to the potential solutions," Boehner said about the deficit. "Let's make sure Americans understand how big the problem is. Then we can begin to talk about possible solutions."

    Yeah, that about sums it up. The GOP doesn't have any solutions.

    September 26, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. deadheadkenny

    I heard he is promising to have tanning beds installed on the house floor if elected as house majority leader. Then & ONLY THEN can we really come up with solutions to the nations problems.

    September 26, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. David M.

    Man, talk about a bunch of self important, self righteous, and self serving politicians. No clue, no plans, so solutions, no answers, no nothing. Except more of the same old trash.

    September 26, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. a in austin

    Watch out for Boehner and his co-horts. If you are currently unemployed (as my husband has been with over 40 years of exp. in his field) you better hope the food pantries are filled – there will be no help for us. They consider unemployment an "entitlement" even though all of us pay in to unemployment insurance! They will do nothing until 2012 – waiting for another election. Talk about class warfare. Watch our Middle Class Americans – you are next for extinction.

    September 26, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Jude

    A giant step backwards. America needs to shake off our greedy and ignorant past and move forward. This guy will continue to bring our country down while the rest of the world moves forward.

    September 26, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. iroshi

    He has the support of his colleagues? How about the support of the people? Heaven help us.

    September 26, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. knowledge

    Its funny how these guys from both parties talk about there going to change things or its not going to be business as usual and the same a!%!holes have been there for multiple terms. The real changed that is needed is to vote everyone out of office! We need to have a spot on the ballot that says none of the above! Republicans and Democrats are all the same!

    September 26, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. stanton cummings

    If the voter,s of this country and other,s make ths moron speaker of the house they deserve exactlly what they get and that ryhmes with mitt.They have done nothing ,but block everything that the president has tried to do to help the country.they want things like they were when dubyuh's gang destroyed our's sad but true!!!!

    September 26, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. ronalde

    boehner is a idiot,with no new ideas.

    September 26, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. ben ben

    If they are voted back in I wonder what the American people will say when the economy goes further down the toilet because of them? I already got my "You get what you vote for" bumper stickers ready to go!

    September 26, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. ben ben

    You get what you vote for

    September 26, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Joe, San Diego

    Concrete answers, the REP never answer with concrete answers only complain about the current president.
    8 years of Bush recklessness won't be fixed in one term people, most people can not get themselves out of debt in two year so how do they expect the president to do the same with no jobs, Afghanistan/Iraq wars, trillion dollar debts... give President Obama a chance to mend 8 years of Bush as for that whining black woman saying she exhausted making excuses/explaining for the president- sista girl you govern your own actions you can can either bless someone with your words or curse them... your 15 mins of fame is over!

    September 26, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Frank

    "Syracuse Mascot Otto the Orange Appointed as New Speaker of the House"

    September 26, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. jim

    THATS ENOUGH! We've had Bush, and Colon. DICK and now a Boehner trying to take charge of this great country. It took 8 years for republicans to almost destroy this the USA. Obama is working hard and starting to fix their mess and now it looks like the republicans will have the chance to finish us off. God help us all.

    September 26, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Ryan

    November can't get here soon enough. I can't wait to see the Democrats go down.

    September 26, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. johnRJ08

    If you compare the speech that Boehner gave when he co-announced the Contract with America in 1994 with the speech he gave this week for Pledge to America, the two speeches are IDENTICAL– word-for-word. Even the inflections are the same. This typifies Boehner's leadership qualities. He has none. The man is a political automaton and a male version of Sarah Palin. He NEVER addresses the details of any issue when he speaks. It's all about partisan talking points. If Boehner becomes Speaker of the House, it will be disastrous for the country.

    September 26, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. Larry

    Getting a little ahead of yourself don't you think ... Boner

    You and your disgusting Party Of NO buddies

    You all deserve the NOOSE for your treason against this countries prosperity

    I never have found an A in the name Boehner

    September 26, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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