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. LacrosseMom(real one)

    "Tea Party" criticism? Funny. First of all, the "Tea Party" is NO Party! They are a group of angry, racists who are funded by the Koch brothers, so they are not a party nor a "movement"! Secondly, the "Teas" will destroy the Republican party, its already happening.

    March 3, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Mr.Boombostick

    Compromise is a dirty word in the tea party. The only way anything can get done is if democrats and republicans compromise or else nothing will get accomplished.

    March 3, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. one voice

    Lobbiests are his best friends, the rich get richer while the middle class becomes instinct.

    March 3, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. john wieland

    Who was it that said,think not what our country can do for you,but what you can do for your country??now it appears we the people want to be provided for by we the people. By the way since when did we become a democracy?when I used to pledge allegiance to the flag,the USA was called a republic. There is a difference.

    March 3, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    [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."]

    OMG – President Obama said he was going to FREEZE spending BEFORE the RepubliCAN'Ts took over. Also, everyone AGREES there need to be CUTS – even the American people!!! So what’s up with that?

    ["We didn't get in this place overnight and we're turning it around every step every day..."]
    PATIENCE?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? But yet President Obama was constantly SLAMMED because things weren't moving FAST ENOUGH!!!!! And on another note, WHERE ARE THE JOBS???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    March 3, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Denise

    I don't care for Boehner but he is a smart dresser. I really like his ties.

    March 3, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Insanity is the new sanity and it rhymes with Hannity!

    Just a coincidence?

    March 3, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Rosslaw

    Can you hear those footsteps behind you, tan man. You cannot do anything remotely rational, cannot compromise on any issue, cannot "cross the T's" without invoking their total retribution. I guess this explains your fear to ever have a picture taken with Pres. Obama even at a state dinner with President Hu of China given that your constituency is now so batsh*t crazy even that innocuous contact would be seen as treason to their "principles". Good luck, tan man. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

    March 3, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. anIndependentguy

    LOL! the comedy show is getting started...

    March 3, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Haren

    Oh! they have to wait two more years for just to decide on spending cut, but Obama has to do everything right way.
    Where are the jobs? or did they ran on creating job or cutting the job.
    May be they talk like Fox news LYING.

    March 3, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Joe

    "Boehnhilda" looks like a fool...regardless of where she is. And that "typical" looking guy next to him with the Ric Flair haircut and the 1980s blue-suit and red-tie look is the second most foolish-looking one. They both remind me of criminals I've seen on that show "American Greed: Scams." LOL

    March 3, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    I don't know about you, but I think THIS is going to be FUN!! Here we're going to have the real fallout form the 2010 elections.

    March 3, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Tom

    Please! This guy has been in Washington so long he knows how to play the games. Get rid of the insider!

    March 3, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. one voice

    I'd like to see how much money this CROOK has in His oversees tax shelter account. The MILLION DOLLAR under the table envelopes he recieves from lobbiest and major Corporation for votes against the American Taxpayer, He has to be FILTHY RICH.

    March 3, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. panterazero

    It really is amazing to see the monster that the GOP has created, and the feebleness of their response to it. (Of course, a strong response in proportion would expose them as hypocrites, so they're sort of stuck.) But there are so many historical examples – which I will refrain from citing so this will get posted – of ideologically rigid organizations creating satellite forces, more extreme ideologically than they are, to do their dirty work for them. Time and again, the small band of fanatics turns on the larger, slower, more "mainstream" organization and attacks them…happened in China, happened in Italy, happened in Germany, and Russia…

    March 3, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. james Miller

    Indeed, he does LOOK like a fool, however, the tea partiers ARE the fools. --A BALANCED approach to the budget is the only sane way to begin digging ourselves out of this mess we`re in. I was afraid of this shift or focus in budget cuts when our Supreme Court opened the $$$$$ floodgates allowing corporations to contribute to political parties unrestrained.

    March 3, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. rusty155

    I don't like John Boehner must , but stand In there because I hate the TEA PARTY even more. I think the Tea party Is a bunch of crap. They are nothing but Hateful and Racist people and the KOCH'S BROTHER trying to take over America. But John Boehner since they are all mad at you , why don't you take some of these budget cut on the RICH too. The Oil company are making billions of dollar , let take their tax cut away.

    March 3, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Say what you will, the Tea Party "Patriots" know what they want (until they get it) and will stop at nothing to destroy the Constitution in the process.

    March 3, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. GonzoinHouston

    So Dr. Frankenstein's monster now turns on its creator. The TP's are acting more and more like a third party; they can attack the GOP with impunity, but the GOP has to tiptoe around the TP's for fear of offending them. Sooner or later the democrats are going to dig in their heels on something the GOP really wants, and it will force a split between the republicans and the TP's. Hopefully it will be just in time for the 2012 election.

    March 3, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Roscoe

    I finally agree with the Tea Party.....Boner looks like a fool.

    March 3, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Michael in Houston

    I knew the tea puddles would not like his incessant weeping and crying.

    March 3, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    The monster is turning on its maker .... go get 'em!

    March 3, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Gidget

    Boehner is doing just fine. Rome was not build in a day.

    March 3, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. lforlegend

    About the only thing I agree with a t-tard on is that Boner IS a acting like a fool, but I've been saying that for a long time. Now they just have to agree that there are others who are acting just like Bhoner, especially the preacher, wha's his name,

    March 3, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. artraveler

    The head of Tea Party Nation says he wants to replace the Speaker of the House because he isn't an off-the-wall crazy crazy llike some of the Tea Pot heads. Well, from where I stand, Boehrner is dumb enough but I guess you can put someone else in there more stupid since a whole bunch of them got elected last fall. Start to make decisions that affect the Republican big business leaders and watch as the money goes somewhere else. I can't believe that the Republicans on Wall Street want to see a double dip recession but rest assured that if it happens again to Wall Street, some really big houses are going down the drain. No one is happy with them. I thought the priority was "jobs, jobs, jobs". That didn't mean putting another million out of work. Obviously deficits don't matter or we wouldn't have had the Republican demand that we run up the deficit more so their rich friends could have more money to NOT SPEND creating jobs.

    We knew that the Republican hold on the Tea Party was a myth in their own mind and you see them eating their own. Unfortunately, the country has issues and this posturing is not fixing one damn thing.

    March 3, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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