July 18th, 2012
12:56 PM ET
2 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. DumbasRocks [R]s

    This is a vile level of hypocrisy, coming from Boner who helps lead a party that has PROVEN time-and-again that they will throw the middle class under the bus if it helps their rich benefactors or if it merely keeps [R]s in power. Do you note how they themselves are too embarrassed anymore by their own hypocrisy to even bring up the "country first" theme?

    That [R]s continue to gain traction in the middleclass is a sure sign that significant genetic damage has occurred in the American electorate. A middleclass person would have to be a mega-tard to vote [R].

    July 18, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. erh

    John, when did you get the first clue that Barrack Husein is all about himself?

    July 18, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Jesus Christ Superstar

    John Boehner is seriously the most disgusting human being to ever walk this planet. I would rather have Speaker of the House HITLER than Speaker of the house Boner.

    July 18, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. skarphace

    Republicans like to talk about "taking America back". Well, the only way to do that is to vote out all politicians who signed the unConstitutional Norquist pledge and voted for the anti-middle class Citizens United legislation.

    The list would include Boehner and Romney. Anybody who has cares even remotely about the middle class would not have committed either of these traitorous acts.

    July 18, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. The Other Dale

    The Republicans in the last week ahve truly struck bottom. In desperation it now comes down to namecalling, foul language and crazy conspiracy theories. Their frustrations rest with knowing their candidate Romney is proving to be a bad choice and will unlikely win the election even though the Republicans had spent years working to tank America in order to get Obama out. Now it appears that the Republicans are looking for less seats in the House, Senate and a Democrat still in the Oval Office. No wonder they're freaking out like Boehner is; their dream to turn the country into something terrible is coming to an end.

    July 18, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. rs

    That is a mighty funny comment from Mr. Boehner. I mean really sir, you guys came into office in 2010 saying it was all "jobs, jobs, jobs". So where are those jobs bills? It seems they became: "birth control, abortion, birth control, abortion" bills. Meanwhile, Mr. Ryon produced an economic plan that calls for converting Medicare to vouchers, and ending Social Security and Medicaid. The rest of the GOP has signed a pledge to Mr. Norquist to never raise taxes (especially on the rich), AND YOU SIR have the nerve to Say that President Obama doesn't care about the Middle Class?
    Delusional- simply delusional.

    July 18, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. skarphace

    Republicans like to talk about "taking America back". Well, the only way to do that is to vote out all politicians who signed the unConsti-tutional Norquist pledge and voted for the anti-middle class Citizens United legislation.

    The list would include Boehner and Romney. Anybody who has cares even remotely about the middle class would not have committed either of these traitorous acts.

    July 18, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. kevin

    poeple of Ohio....Really? This is the best you can put forth to represent you? Anyone can be fooled but if this wins again than everything West by god Virginia says about your state is true.

    July 18, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Mack

    "The dog ate my Jobs Bill so lets vote to repeal healthcare for all Americans....again(34th time)"

    July 18, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. w l jones

    My understandind that is why we came here from Europe get away from class. As Mr. Reagen use to say here we go again the more thing change the more they stay the same. The president request a law and the legilature legilate laws. Look like those law maker have failure the American people again again for the last three years ...shame shame on them. Bless.

    July 18, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Jeff--Tacoma

    Seriously, someone in the GOP claimed someone else didn't give a damn about the middle class. Seriously? How stupid do they think we are?

    From what I see, Republicans leaders care about money and power and not much else. Their stated number one goal is to make sure Obama is not re-elected. They have decided throwing the middle class and the entire country under the bus is the right course of action to meet this goal. I just hope the people see this and send them packing in Nov.

    July 18, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. charles

    This from the most obstructionist cry baby speaker we've ever had. He thinks we are stupid like those uneducated people that listen to fox News? We are very much informed here on cnn and we know who don't care about middle class like myself. Tell Romney to release the tax returns and comes clean on Bain the outsourcing pioneers.Until then whatever any GOPer say is not resonating with rational thinking Americans,period!

    July 18, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A right wingnut wrote that rich people are out of money. That has to be the craziest post ever. Lowest taxes in 50 years, billions in donations to Mittens and the corporate republican party, while the plutocrats are sitting on over $2 trillion.

    July 18, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Joi Gibson

    Yes, Speaker Boeher, where are the jobs? Or are you too busy naming post offices, voting to repeal the ACA for the 33rd time, giving tax breaks to the richest among us on the backs of those who can least afford it. You are shameful. Quite frankly, you are the worst Speaker of the House and you an injustice to the position. Shame on you.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!!!

    July 18, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Jesus Christ Superstar

    If it's about the jobs, why have you REFUSED to pass the Jobs Act? But you waste time and money trying to repeal Obamacare WHICH IS IMPOSSIBLE TO DO WHILE OBAMA IS IN OFFICE BECAUSE HE WILL VETO IT! Speaker, you are seriously a waste of a human being, and I honestly hope you drop dead so we can dance around your lifeless body

    July 18, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Roy

    Obama and the democrat congress reduced the deficit by 8.6% in fiscal year 2010 from 1.4 to 1.3 trillion. Source: Congressional Budget Office (search "cbo doc11936" for proof). Republicans won the house in Nov 2010 and forced their tax cuts for billionaires on America..now the deficit is projected to rise from 1.3 to 1.5 trillion in FY 2011. (Source: cbo doc12039)

    Republican policies: Failed ‘trickle down’ policies, reckless deregulations with no oversight, allowing Wall Street to concoct Ponzi schemes, the unnecessary Iraq War, tax breaks for rich/millionaires, subsidies for oil companies, unpaid prescriptions plans, etc. slowest job growth in over 50 years. Bush left Obama with a shattered economy, a trillion dollar DEFICIT, and two unfunded wars. If you smash a window and wait 2 weeks for someone else to clean it up, that period of time doesn't erase the fact that you smashed it to begin with. . . . . .When President Obama took office the country was losing approx 800,000 jobs per month, and the Obama Administration turned the job deficit into a job SURPLUS adding more jobs each month. SEE chart-of-the-day-jobs-lost-in-the-bush-and-obama-administration-2010-2 . . . The country and economy is better since President Obama was elected, as evidenced by the recent 27 straight months of JOB growth, 4.3 million created. He also rescued U.S auto industry (GM now #1 worldwide in sales, profitability), but Romney/GOP wanted to block this rescue. America is moving forward with successfully out of the ditch, and it would be ‘suicide’ to go back into the ditch by voting for Republicans with their ALREADY PROVEN FAILED POLICIES, which Romney supports along with the Ryan Budget, which is more extreme – Bush/Cheney policies on STEROIDS. Further, he pledged his allegiance to Grover Norquist (NOT to U.S. citizens) by signing Norquist’s pledge, and 17 out of 25 of Romney‘s close advisors‘ are from the Bush/Cheney team – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, would be masochists/insane to take the U.S down the DISASTROUS Bush/Cheney path AGAIN – Voters should vote these Obstructionists Republicans (with their failed policies) out of office.

    July 18, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. WhereIsPalin

    If you support less government regulation of the free market.........letting business and industry regulate themselves..........lower and less progressive taxes...........then you will have only yourselves to blame 10 years from now. Good luck trying to find a middle class at that time.

    You can argue the point. Just remember.........you'll be either a have or a have not in 10 years. Good luck.

    July 18, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. Patrick from Minnesota

    Oh yea, it's not like it was the Republicans who shut down the government over tax cuts for the middle class or anything...oh wait...

    July 18, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Keep Colorado Blue

    No Boehner, it's the Republicans that don't care about America. To Republicans, it's party First. They would rather bring this country to it's knees than to work with the President. Pretty sad!

    July 18, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. lolo

    Just wake up America and vote these clowns out. They are so full of hatred anfd bigotry, The republicans are using every trick in the book to get Romney, the tax dodger, out-sourcer in chief elected so that they can keep the Bush policies going. Boehner needs to check on that wife in Ohio who he has not lived in the same house with for over twenty years. No wonder he cries at the drop of a hat. They are just trying to change the subject of Robme's tax secrets. They know that they have picked a flawed candidate because of money. He does not have to show the American people and the American people do not have to vote for him either. Either way Barack Obama wins.

    July 18, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. Jewels

    Really? I am aghast at the nerve that Boehner has. He hasn't earned respect - in fact he has been quite divisive and careless about the well-being of the middle class. That's my observation of him. This guy has so much nerve. And, to think he believes people will agree with his crap is almost amusing.

    July 18, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. SEA12

    Actually, for all his faults, Mr. Boehner is correct: the 2012 Presidential election SHOULD be decided based
    upon Mr. Obama's performance on the U.S. economy. The smoke screens being put up now by Obama Co.
    are self serving and ignore the biggest issues facing this country. By his own words (after being elected in
    2008) Mr. Obama should not be re-elected based upon his own record over the past 3.5 years. New flash:
    George W. Bush has not been the President for the past 3.5 years, as much as many would love to tag all
    the current problems in our economy,culture, and government on him. In my job, I'm the one responsible for
    whatever occurs on MY watch, not the person that held the job before me. Let's be adults and discuss the
    fundamental fact that the President has failed.

    July 18, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. J G

    You know what John Boehner I'm going to say this: Mitt Romney's going in front of the NAACP: The Republican Party doesn't give a damn about black people!!!

    July 18, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Romney show your taxes

    Boehner, Cantor, need to be voted out of the office because you and your boi's got war on middle class.
    Boehner you dont care about middle class and poor american.
    President Obama do care about middle class.
    Republican party hate middle class

    July 18, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Jewels

    Yes, Speaker Boeher, where are the jobs? Or are you too busy naming post offices, voting to repeal the ACA for the 33rd time, giving tax breaks to the richest among us on the backs of those who can least afford it. You are shameful. Quite frankly, you are the worst Speaker of the House and you an injustice to the position. Shame on you.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!

    Nicely put Jol Gibson....

    July 18, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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