Top House Republican defends Boehner from Tea Party criticism
March 3rd, 2011
01:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Top House Republican defends Boehner from Tea Party criticism

Washington (CNN) - The number three House Republican defended Speaker John Boehner Thursday after a Tea Party group accused Boehner of not doing enough to cut spending and said he should be replaced.

California Republican Kevin McCarthy told CNN, "I think one – you should see what Speaker Boehner has done."

Tea Party Nation Founder Judson Phillips said Wednesday that Boehner "looks like a fool" in budget negotiations and needs to push for deeper spending cuts. Phillips told CNN if Boehner didn't get "serious on spending cuts" he would push to defeat Boehner in the next election by recruiting a primary challenger.

McCarthy argued that Boehner already got concessions from Democrats. "The President said he was going to freeze spending. He's already got the Democrats to agree that there had to be cuts. Look how far we're going to go. You haven't seen our budget yet."

Pressed about this Tea Party group insisting that the current GOP cuts weren't enough, McCarthy replied, "we're just starting. I understand the frustration that they are having. We have frustrations the same about where government was going. That's why we ran for office. That's why we fought so hard to get the majority, to get the gavel."

McCarthy noted that Republicans only control one chamber of Congress and just recently took control of the House, and he urged patience. "We didn't get in this place overnight and we're turning it around every step every day so I would say judge us as we go forward, but each step is a great improvement."

soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Wally

    The Tea Party = Spiro Agnew all over again. Ugh...

    March 3, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    where are the jobs weepy John? You've had almost 10 weeks

    March 3, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. B

    The Tea Party is going to eat the current Republicans alive and then be left with nothing themselves.

    Dysfunctional extremists

    March 3, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. max

    Well the Republicans created this monster now they can deal with it too

    March 3, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    You know, in the book, the real Frankenstein turned on its maker too. The serpent swallows its tail...nom nom nom nom nom....

    March 3, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Alex

    "he urged patience. "We didn't get in this place overnight and we're turning it around every step every day so I would say judge us as we go forward, but each step is a great improvement.""

    Yeah, we'll show you patience. The same patience you showed Obama and the Dems – meaning ZERO!!!

    March 3, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Drew Williams

    The Tea Party finds itself in the same enviable position as loudmouths like Limbaugh and Palin - partisan peanut galleries that demand solutions from elected officials without ever actually being inconvenienced themselves with getting it done. They're like foot-stomping children

    March 3, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. The unsub

    Wow this is entertainment! Pass the popcorn and the Tea!

    March 3, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. NVa native

    The tea-baggers are so far out there that they are bad for the US, but good for the Dems.

    March 3, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. whoa!

    I love it, I love it, I love it! Soooooooo much fun to see the establishment Repubs reap what they have sown in the form of the Dixie Fascist Tea Party.... Go get 'em, John, don't let 'em just push you around!!! You spend all those years mobbing the floors in your family's restaurant to have to put up with this... they just don't know who they're messin' with.....

    March 3, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Indy

    It gives me giggles and shivers to know that the Tea Party is Boehners boss. He asked for and is now forever married to the Tea Party, and there is no such thing as divorce for conservatives so they better start therapy together. Don't forget to at least create one job Boehner !

    March 3, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. Video Guy

    I do not believe I agree with a Tea Party Leader. John Boehner needs to be run out of Office. Sooner the better. How about a Recall.

    March 3, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Mtnjim

    "Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it."

    In 1933 after a lot of spending aimed at pulling the economy out of recession, the Republicans began shouting about "spend and tax", "deficit spending" "bankrupting the country" and "leaving debt for our children" forced huge cuts in spending. The economy that had turned the corner to a recovery immediately fell back into a depression that lasted until WW II economic activity pulled us out of it. (Sound familiar??)

    These Tea Party morons need to go back and study HISTORY!!

    March 3, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. really?

    Yah,come on Boehner, your not choking off the middle-class and killing the poor enough? Nice 2,000 dollar suit,incidently! The Teapotty wants more working people,and poor hit much harder,than you already are,man. The TEA Party is saying" HIT BELOW THE BELT,ya WUS? They want to see more "CAINING" going on here!

    March 3, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I want to know where these so called tea party people were during the Bush administration. They didn't seem to worry about the debt then... I guess that they don't like Obama because of ________ (fill in the reason).

    March 3, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. vet in texas

    They should have looked behind the curtains before they elected the wizards. Trying to cut $100 billion, when $100 billion goes to the top 2% does nothing. I can't wait for the spin on this. Conservative radio listeners, call into the shows and ask the hosts, why haven't they worked toward cutting meaningful spending and why haven't they worked toward creating jobs? I'll bet you they turn the question and start talking about AZ or Libya and gas prices instead of what the house is actually accomplishing........nothing!

    March 3, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Marge

    Oh gee is he one of Boehners golf buddies. Or maybe he thinks he might get some of the cash from all those corporations that contribute to Boenher.

    March 3, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    All I have seen he do is cry over anything and everything while making sure he and hi rich friends can continue to play gold every ogher day and drink every night. Die he really go on vacation while his little rome was burning? If so, why didn't anyone call him out on it? Same as the rethugs and faux news does to the President.

    March 3, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. Emerson

    Message to GOP – Get up off your knees and tell the Tea people what they can do with their brand of radical politics. You are being dragged to the right and it will cost you dearly when the people of this country wake up and realize that they are being disenfranchised by the corporate libertarians that fund the radical right. If you want to survive as a viable political party and attract independents, you have to stay to the right of center, not to the right of fascism.

    March 3, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    GOPers/liptonites talking about "spending cuts"...yeah, "cuts"...and if for some reason it hasn't occured to you that if the GOP gets its way, it will be apologizing like a moyel who, shaking like Charlie Sheen after a weekend crack bender (except here they are consumed by the manic delusions of grandeur brought on by their newfound House majority), slipped during the bris, castrating/gelding the middle-class....at which point they'll have the chutzpah to tell us it was just an accident and that if we just drop out trou and go along with more cutting, it will fix everything this time, promise. Me, I think I'll skip their version of #winning.

    March 3, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. BD70

    Oh please...no excuses.

    March 3, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Kwesoe

    Man bites man!

    March 3, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. kds562

    Charile Sheen and probably Gadhafi make more sense to these Tea Baggers than intelligent and articulate normal people. They rely on the over fifty, white uneducated base of their "party". That is why Palin is such a bid hit.

    March 3, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. one voice

    Don't defend this CLOWN, He has NO CLUE how to Govern, NO CLUE how to create jobs, doesn't have the HEART to do what's right for the middle class, Caters to the MEGA-RICH, BILLON DOLLAR CORPORATIONS that have profits in the billons on the backs of the tax payers and is only good at golfing and throwing stones from the sidelines. This CLOWN could have learned a few things from the best Speaker of the House in American History, Nancy Pelosi.

    March 3, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Chris W

    So he gets a pass...yet it was "Where are the Jobs?" in the middle of a recession. Right.

    March 3, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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