Boehner: House not with McCain on Libya campaign
June 22nd, 2011
11:53 AM ET
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Boehner: House not with McCain on Libya campaign

Washington (CNN) – Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, indicated Wednesday that the GOP-controlled House of Representatives will not back a resolution sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, expressing congressional support for limited American involvement in the NATO-led military campaign in Libya.

"I don't think that's where the House is," Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill. "The fact is the president has not made his case to the members of Congress. He has not made his case to the American people."

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  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    John Boehner still in the “NO” mode

    Obama just supporting our allies when we need them they were there

    Obama didn’t send ground troops

    June 22, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Tulsa

    Lybia was a masterful use of NATO and our allies by our President.
    Since we are not in the lead of the NATO mission but still obligated under the treaty, the President HAS to fulfil his obligation. We have no ground troops engaged so no flag-draped coffins of American men and women will be coming home from Libya.
    We are not at war, we are being good and diligent members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Quadafi will be gone and by getting our allies and even countries in the region to do the heavy lifting, we achieve a geo-political goal without American dead.
    Brilliant.

    June 22, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. Tulsa

    Oh, and can you believe he (President Obama) got RUSSIA to turn against "Wacky Khaddafi"?
    That in itself is historic.

    June 22, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Mikey

    John McCain is talking sense again (unfortunately, a rarity for him over the past 4 years) and, of course, good sense and realism will conflict with the GOP agenda, so Boehner will push back.

    The GOP is for almost any war – unless the can call it "Obama's war", and then they have to be against it – as they refexively oppose anything Obama supports. That is true even when he supports their ideas – suddenly they are totally against things they proposed in the first place (e.g. – deficit commission, public option, and health insurance mandate). It's sad that for the GOP, opposing our President is more important than the good of the American people – but that is what it has devolved into.

    June 22, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I wonder how this Libya scenario would have played out with Boehner's House had McCain won in 2008.

    June 22, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. maf

    The GObP party of NO still intent on doing everything they possibly can to make President Obama falter!
    WILL NOT WORK!! The obstruction that you so willingly display will come back to bite you in 2012.
    Where are the JOBS Boehner?????
    Pathetic!

    June 22, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    At this point, I think it's safe to say that the only thing motivating these people is concern for Obama claiming victory where Reagan failed doing essenially the same thing: trying to bring down Ghadaffi. They've already suffered it once when Obama ordered the operation that killed bin Laden...twice is just plain unacceptable to them. They all ahve their panties so far wedged up their cracks over the potential for yet another Obama victory speech that I'm suprised we can't see their briefs every time he opens their mouths.

    June 22, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "I wonder how this Libya scenario would have played out with Boehner's House had McCain won in 2008."

    Ground troops. End of story.

    June 22, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Indy

    "I wonder how this Libya scenario would have played out with Boehner's House had McCain won in 2008."

    The Palin family would have taken over the Whitehouse by now, McCain would have died from a mysterious death

    June 22, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Let's see... Khaddafi (or whatever spelling the media is using today, they change it every other story) has been our enemy for decades, has sponsored terrorists and continues to sponsor terrorists that harm America, is a mass murderer of his own people... What more justification do you need? Oh right, unproven evidence for weapons of mass destruction. And perhaps throw in another useless tax cut for the rich as well.

    June 22, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. John

    The Republican Party can't even agree with people In there own Party , so how In the heck can you people can think the Republican can run this Country. What they need to start doing Is STOP SAYING NO ALL THE TIME , and Start Compromise to get thing that need to be done In America.John Boehner and most of the Other Republican are not going to agree with President Obama on anything to anything. And what get me you people Out there have pay each one of these Republican for all most three years for just saying NO. You pay these Republican in the House and Senate each one of them so far 1,088,000 each a year for just for saying NO. They promise to get JOBS but NO JOBS ,they haven't even try. And we pay them Over ONE MILLIONS DOLLARS a year each for just for saying NO. So for all most three years we the American people have pay the Republican over a TRILLIONS DOLLARS In that time. So just how smart do you feel now. So you Idiot keep voting for Republican. And get this but John Boehner till want to keep are Troop In Afghanistan and Iraq where American troops are dying. But they are mad about what President Obama done In Libya were he was UN and other Country backing and no American troops are on the Ground and No American has die.

    June 22, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    "The fact is the president has not made his case to the members of Congress. He has not made his case to the American people."
    ==================================================================================================
    What's the case to make John??? It's another stumbling, bumbling Obama misadventure into a Libyan civil war. Can't you just line up behind the idiot without doing any thinking for yourself???

    June 22, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Okie

    In the 1970's, America flooded our colleges with Iranian students, while neglecting our own people who wanted to attend college. Most had Mohammad in their name. They didn't want to be westernized. They returned, overthrew the Shah and took American hostages. America needs Jobs Stupid. People are losing homes. Black unemployment is 20 percent. The govermment can create jobs they did it in the past. Maybe, we can work in Libya.

    June 22, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. gt

    america is sick of war and wounded or dead troops.. hell no we would not have ground troops... and we better not now...

    June 22, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    "I wonder how this Libya scenario would have played out with Boehner's House had McCain won in 2008."

    It probably would still be Nancy's House, and she would be the one voicing the same objections as Boehner is now.

    June 22, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |