Ohio governor joins Obama-Boehner ‘golf summit’
June 11th, 2011
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Ohio governor joins Obama-Boehner ‘golf summit’

Washington (CNN) -– The highly anticipated ‘golf summit’ between political rivals has found its fourth player: Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich will join President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, and Vice President Joe Biden on the links June 18.

Boehner tweeted Friday, “Joining POTUS and VPOTUS for golf on June 18; the 4th will be Gov. @JohnKasich. #nomulligans”

The politically-divided foursome will have much to discuss while on the course: House Republicans have been in fierce negotiations with the White House over increasing the federal debt limit, which must receive congressional approval by early August. Biden is leading deficit-reduction negotiations between Democrats and Republicans.

While Kasich isn’t directly involved in the federal debt talks, he served as chairman of the House Budget Committee in the 1990s, and has been caught up in his own state’s budget process for much of his term. Kasich was elected Ohio’s governor last November.

On Tuesday, Boehner told reporters he was getting his stroke ready for the big game.

“I gotta get my golf game in shape,” Boehner said. "I played so bad yesterday and it was nothing to brag about. So I gotta get my golf game in shape.”

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. bill

    How much is this going to cost the taxpayers?

    June 11, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. CAW in MD

    How is this news? Besides, shouldn't Boehner and Biden be doing something about getting agreement on a budget deal, rather than playing golf?

    June 11, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Okay boys, no crying and complaining if you lose.

    June 11, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    vOTER'S REMORSE IN OHIO. He's stripping rights away from people, closely monitoring every woman's uterus, giving big bucks to corporations and taking away from poor and elderly.

    Recall him. NOW.

    June 11, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. EL ZORRO

    The Republicans have the fighting instinct of a SHEEP, they should be ashamed that they are COMPLICIT OF THE REGIMEN, they haven intimidated into COWARDICE by political correctness, fear of ridicule and their own love of power and privileges, the Republicans may be too COWARD to actually stand for anything:You don't defeat the Democrats by picking your battles, you fight them at every turn,so, MAN UP.
    EL ZORRO

    June 11, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Patrick from Minnesota

    I never thought I would say this, but thank you Mr. Kasich. Your arrogance and bigotry in banning collective bargaining rights has only ensured Mr. Obama to win not only your state, but the general election in 2012. Thank you for your stupidity.

    June 11, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Boner plays golf daily. He still stinks

    June 11, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Clwyd

    Use Kasich as the club and maybe you can knock some sense into him?

    June 11, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Obviously, Boehner and Kaisch cannot be true Conservatives. They are going to play golf with two Democrats! A true conservative would never willingly associate with a Liberal Dem. It just ain't done (at least in Mamma Grizzly's book).

    Now that I've gotten the sarcasm out of my system, I welcome informal meetings like this. But, just think. If anything happened, we will be stuck with whoever is President Pro-Tem of the Senate as our new Prez!

    June 11, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |