November 9th, 2012
11:40 AM ET
1 year ago

Boehner calls on president to lead in debt talks

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner declined to give any details on what ground Republicans could give in negotiations with the White House on the fiscal cliff, but continued his post-election emphasis that he is willing to compromise.

"I don't want to box myself in and I don't want to box anyone else in," Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill at his first news conference since Tuesday's election.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Debt • Deficit • John Boehner
soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    He's been leading whereas you've just obstructed, Boehner.

    November 9, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Mete Krop

    Of course he will.........

    November 9, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. n

    No Mr. Boehner, the weaker of all the house speakers, you need to stop thinking that the people voted for you to be the president, stay in you lane and do your job so that this president can do his job . . . up until now, this president has done the work of all the obstructionist party of "loom, doom, gloom and no". And now you appear to have awaken from a long winter slumber or hangover. The American people have spoken, all of you up on the hill need to collectively come together for the betterment of this great country. By the way, has anyone seen Four and the door?

    November 9, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This is the opportunity for you Mr. Boehner to grow a pair and stand up to the obstructionists in your party. We DID give you a MANDATE to GOVERN!!!

    November 9, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Marry

    Boehner and the GOP look "shell-shocked" just as Romney is reported to be. They are squirming, still digesting, and still do not know what direction they will go! They have apparently not yet understood clearly what is at stake for them. If they do not compromise (raise taxes for the "RICH" among other issues) and keep their Norquist-pledge, they will lose again. But this time they going to lose it ALL!

    November 9, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Betty Barton

    According to Mr. Boehner, if the president doesn't adopt the Republican agenda, then he is not leading. Mr. Boehner–Americans voted for Obama's policies, not yours. Why do the Republicans think they can demand their policies even when they lose.

    November 9, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. robert jay

    Yes – the President of the United States will lead and you partisan fanatics should follow in step or the next election you will be patlking aboutlosing is the job you will no longer have! Make sure Cantor / Mconnell
    and Graham see this also!

    November 9, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Strategic Bob

    For the President to lead, or for anyone for that matter, it is imperative that those to be led act in a rational, adult manner. Whether or not the Republicans in the House and Senate can do so remains to be seen. However, if recent history is any judge, there are few GOP members in either house of Congress that meet that standard. For example, Mitch McConnell has shown that he places personal and party good over that of the nation as a whole, in effect putting himself in the same ranks as Benedict Arnold. John Boehner has shown that he lacks the courage to take the spoiled Tea Party brats in his ranks to the woodshed for the dressing down they so desparately need. Grow a pair, John. Then use them. And you Republican Senators, it is time to start asking yourself id you don't need a new, less treanous Minority Leader.

    November 9, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Jm

    Republicans are still out of touch and still do not understand that the mandate by the American people were resoundly in support of the newly elected president of the UNITED STATES and his policies. He no sooner opened his mouth than the same nonsense came spitting out! What a scared lttle man he and Mitch Macdonald are. Vote them out of office next!!!

    November 9, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. MrBeenThere

    Why ask ???? Mr. Boehner and his party already have there answer ready and waiting............... NO....NO...NO...........
    MR. President just do it don't waste your time with the Republicans

    November 9, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Wake up People!

    Who the hell do these people think they are talking to and about?? He is the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, he deserves some respect, especially from members of Congress.

    Look you over processed alcoholic, the POTUS has been doing his job for the past 4 years, you on the other hand have NOT. I am sick of seeing your sour face sitting behind President Obama. Do YOUR job or GO HOME!

    November 9, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    Remember mr boehner, you the leader of the LOWER HOUSE. There are two layers of governance above you so start behaving appropriately!

    November 9, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The President will continue to lead, and I would be willing to bet that now that he has secured his re-election you are going to be much, much more willing to follow.
    Put on your dancing shoes Boo-Hoo, the President is going to invite you to the dance.

    November 9, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Act III: 2013 Tea Bag suicide march to the fiscal cliff

    These guys are wearing filibuster suicide vests, dressed as Indians to hide their faces, ready to sink the ship.

    They have plans to arrive in heaven early for their share of BS Mountain, Republistan before the gold currency runs out.

    November 9, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. David L.

    Not to say I disagree with Boehner, this is a good opportunity for Obama to lead, but you know who also has a great opportunity to lead? JOHN BOEHNER! This is his job. It is not the responsibility of the President to create the budget, or even handhold the bipartisan Congress and force them to get along. This is entirely the problem of Congress, the mess we're in is on their shoulders, and it is their responsibility to clean it up.

    Sounds a little like Boehner is setting Obama up to fail.

    November 9, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Hammerer

    Boehner should show some backbone and stand up for no taxes.
    What does he have to lose? Obama has the votes of the gays ,unmarried women, illegals, blacks and the media . That will not change.
    Let them deal with the the "fiscal cliff".
    Obama says he has a plan. Let him use it and not expect any help from the 50% that voted against him.

    November 9, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Expat American

    Fair enough..now let's see Boehner and The President work together....this can be the dawn of a new day. A day that can eventually be free of the Powerless Tea Party Hate Fringe.

    November 9, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Facts don't Lie

    didn't Boehner say last time something like he got 98% of what he wanted? If that was the case why was he along with the TP folks whining about what they had to do. I doubt though if he'll be able to say that again and if he is then I will be one Obama supporter that will NOT be very happy.

    November 9, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. anonoymous

    Time to do want the people voted for. Boehner needs to realize the people are tired of childish fighting and the party of no.. Get with program. The president is staying another 4 yrs but their future is in question if they dont do what the people want.

    November 9, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. A little sad

    I am SO tired of the fake patriots who only believe in democracy when their guy wins. Already the obstructionists are crowing how they are planning on taking Obama down. If the President fails, the country fails.

    Isn't there a real patriot anywhere in the Republican party?

    November 9, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. ST

    Mr. Boehner, will you ever learn something? Your drumbeating doesn't take you anywhere. I wish you could be talking about compromising instead of leading. Folks are listening and watching you.

    November 9, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Sueb

    Mr. Boehner, Romney lost and you dare to advocate his idiotic idea of not raising tax rates on the rich, just closing tax loopholes?! Both need to be done. We have the President's back and if you and the republicans in congress keep on this path, you will be hearing from the American people!

    November 9, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Name ken

    Just do what your highly paid for and work this out. NOW

    November 9, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Montykoolaid

    Maybe I am wrong here... BUT IT IS THE JOB OF CONGRESS!!!

    November 9, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Gregory M, Newbold

    Memo to Republicans:

    You guys lost. Get over it and move on. Boehner & McConnell`s derissive obstruction of the President [regardless of his policies] was your undoing.

    1.) Stop calling it "Obamacare" and call it by it`s professional name; "The Affordable Care Act". It hasn`t even been implemented. Work to improve the COST CONTAINMENT aspect. Make it better without trying to take the credit.

    2.) Stop talking about the "MAKERS & TAKERS" & "Job Creators". We all are against fraud, misappropriation, etc. But we also recognize that "tax cuts DO NOT create jobs. The primary driver on JOBS is demand. Focus on exports & the trade deficit. A rising US share of global GDP means Americans have higher emploment than Germans, Chinese, Brazilians, etc. Again, stop the derissive anti-democrat name calling.

    3.) Face it, the top tax rate is going up. You Guys had a good ride for 32 years lowering them at the expense the middle class. Now it is time to first raise top rates and eliminate the corporate loopholes, see the positive impact on revenue and THEN reduce rates. The American people are no longer trusting of GOP math. Show us the results.

    November 9, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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