July 18th, 2012
12:56 PM ET
6 years ago

Boehner says president 'doesn't give a damn about the middle class Americans'

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner has recently stepped up criticism of President Barack Obama, but his comments Wednesday were particularly harsh, saying the president "doesn't give a damn about the middle class Americans who are out there looking for work."

"What he's trying to do is distract the American people in order to win his own reelection," Boehner asserted.

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The House speaker pushed back on calls for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to release more tax returns, calling the issue a "sideshow" Democrats designed to draw people's attention away from the president's handling of the economy.

"The American people are asking where are the jobs? They're not asking where in the hell the tax returns are," Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill.

But when the speaker was pressed that some Republicans, including some in the House, are also urging Romney to release more financial information, Boehner brushed it off, insisting, "It's not about the tax returns, it's about the economy. The American people vote with their wallets."

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soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. coy4one

    The Republicans are getting desperate and resorting to name calling and outrageous claims. Does anyone actually think that the President "does not give a damn about the middle class”? The GOP criticizes in an attempt to slander, but they don't follow up with any “specific solutions” to the problems Americans face other than to say they can do better. As a lifetime Republican who has left the GOP, I am sick and tired of the desperate moves this party has resorted to. I'm embarrassed to think I was a part of this party! If the GOP wants to win this election, they need to drastically change their strategy to include what they will promise to do to make things better. We know they want to reverse Obamacare, but they don’t offer specific solutions about what they plan to replace it with. They criticize Obama’s record on jobs, but they are not specific on how they are going to create new jobs. I don’t vote on empty promises! Especially since there is NOTHING that Congress OR the President can do to force American corporations to hire! However, both can stop the bleeding of outsourcing and neither do anything about it. To fix Congress, terms limit all members to 12 years. To fix the Presidency process, start being honest with the American people and stop all these LIES!

    July 18, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. RealityBites

    Of course he does..., who else is going to pay for his $6 TRILLION debt tab? And that doesn't even begin to cover ObamaCare.

    Boehner just doesn't get that Obama shows his love for the middle class through reduced deductions, realestate taxes, energy fees, etc, etc...

    July 18, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Curse some more John, just so someone will pay attention to you and not Mitt.

    Americans OBVIOUSLY want to know about the tax returns. And they know better about who cares about the middle class!

    July 18, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Darrell

    The GOP won the House back in 2010 promising Jobs, Jobs and more Jobs. They have not delivered on their promise. In fact they passed more anti-abortion and anti-health care bills than jobs bills.

    To John Boehner, you sir and the House Republicans don't give a damn about the middle class Americans.

    July 18, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. maf

    That's a statement just itching for a fight!!! Where are the JOBS Boehner??? That's an unusually inflammatory accusation from this obstructionist version of the GOP. What nonsense. Can't wait for the retraction, walk back, taken out of context excuse that Boehner will use once this hits the news cycle.

    Can you say EMBARRASSING??

    July 18, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. yrw

    I guess the gop does.....im not concerned about the poor....mitt's words not mine...well that's what we'll all be if mitt's elected...bye bye middle class and mitts wont be concerned about none of us

    July 18, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. The GOP needs to pack up and leave

    You mean ROMNEY doesn't care about the Middle Class.

    July 18, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Tony

    Republicans don't even know that there is a middle class.

    July 18, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. michelle - san francisco

    republicans are running out of (negative) things to say about Obama so they'll say anything...Boehner forgets that much of what is going on has to do with Republican unwillingness to compromise and work as a team. I put part of the blame on the Dems as well.

    July 18, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Distractions are things like "hey, let's defund Planned Parenthood" and "let's make it harder for women to be covered on their insurance for their contraception" or "let's hold kangaroo court hearings to try to prove in the congressional record that all muslims are scary and evil and out to get us."

    The issue of what Mittens' tax returns shows is central to the issue of his integrity, his patriotism, his honesty, his wilingness to be forthright and bove-board with the people over which he seeks to "rule" (because, let's face it, GOPers/Teatrolls don't want to govern, they want to rule), etc. Mittens might as well go take a dump on his father's grave for the way he's treating one of the most important aspects of his father's legacy.

    Can you just imagine the epic conniption fit the GOP/Teatrolls would be throwing if Obama refused to release several years of returns and it was known that he had millions in off-shore tax havens? It would send the birthers and the people who claim he's a muslim into seizures and we'd never hear the end of it.

    July 18, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Patriot Awesome

    Wait a second, I thought Boehner was going to focus on jobs like a laser. What happened to that?

    July 18, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "The GOP won the House back in 2010 promising Jobs, Jobs and more Jobs. They have not delivered on their promise."

    In fact, they haven't even tried.

    July 18, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Michael B.

    Aknova said: If Romney gave a damn about the middle class he'd pay full taxes on those off-shore accounts.

    @Aknova, he pays all the taxes he's required on investment income. 15%.

    July 18, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Wes B.

    You'd think the Speaker of the House would know that it's not the president's job to make legislation for more jobs. As far as I can tell, Boehner thinks his job as Speaker is to go around bashing the president. He should be the one working on legislation that actually has a chance at getting passed and signed. The only legislation coming from Boehner's House or Reps is bills that are so ludicrous, they have no possibility of getting through the Senate or president.

    Do your job, Boehner!

    July 18, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Kevin in VA

    That comment is like the pot calling the kettle black.

    Vote him out of office

    July 18, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. This is really funny

    Boehner complains about Obama's alleged lack of concern for the middle class. LMAO. As if he or any republican these days cares one little bit about the middle class. They are 100% for the 1%....especially if it hurts the poor or middle class.

    July 18, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Orlando R

    LOOK WHOS TALKING! Holding the middle class & the economy hostage to bring the President Obama, protecting tax cuts for the wealthy, tryng to repeal the affordable care act...the middle class is not dumb. Ull see on November 6

    July 18, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. rob

    Every jobs bill passed by the House of Representatives has been blocked by Harry ried and the Senate Dems. Every bill designed to controll Govt spending, grow the economy and put people back to work has been blocked or threatened with a veto by the president. Now they threaten to let the whole economy fall off the cliff if they don't get tax increases on the "Rich" that amount to about 3 weeks of govt spending in a year.

    These people are completely out of controll. Lack of Presidential leadership is why we have arrived were we are now.

    Nov. 6 can't come fast enough.

    July 18, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Percy Shaddock

    Boehner say's Pres. Obama does'nt care about the middle class, huh!!! Well. sp I guess he (Boehner) and the rest of the do nothing republicans congress does. That would explain why they've stood in the way of all the progressive back to work bills the president has tried to the congress to pass.

    July 18, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Richard T.

    So where are the jobs? What happen to 2010 promise of Jobs Jobs Jobs. Nothing from the GOP House and Senate other than 33 votes to kill the ACA (Health Care) and attacks on Planned Parenthood and womens health.

    Squeal little piggy squeal.

    July 18, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Gurgyl

    Where is the jobs bill? Idiotic talk.

    July 18, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Bill

    "Where are the jobs" We have not forgotten your bombastic rants Boenher. The GOP has done zero on this issue. The voters will take you and your crumbling party to task in November.

    July 18, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Wait a second, I thought Boehner was going to focus on jobs like a laser. What happened to that?"

    Refraction distractions. Look over there! Scary muslim! OMG...gay couple! Quick, hide from the illegals who came here just to steal your votes!

    July 18, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. CarolinaGirl

    Mr. Boehner please indicate to the american people what you and your party have done for the middle class?

    July 18, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If Boehner and the GOP would fight for the Middle Class as hard as they fight for the 1% then he would be believable but there is no record of the GOP doing anything but obstruct and make infammatory accusations that carry absolutely no merit. Boehner has to say something because he hasn't done a damn thing to prove he's a leader.

    July 18, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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