November 9th, 2012
11:40 AM ET
6 years 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.


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Debt • Deficit • John Boehner
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  1. Malory Archer


    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.


    Actually it was 48% that voted against the President. He won both the popular and electoral vote. If the 48% that voted against him don't wish to help – considering the red states are taker states that don't contribute to the greater good – President Obama should follow suit and send back to those states the same $$$ they send to DC.

    November 9, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Mo Money

    If the president doesnt start his comments by saying he will fast track Keystone to get Americans working you can pretty much discount anything said after that. He is a farce like the Censorship News Network!

    November 9, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Ericka

    The tea party is over, you lost. We the people feel it is your patriotic duty to get with the program and stop being a hinderence. in the fifties we had higher taxes on business and a better economy. We can't milk anymore from the poor, it's time for the wealthy to man up. The rich are not highering workers with their tax break , they are Buying a vacation home or a new car. the labor is working full time and can't even afford to feed themselves. It is time to end this.

    November 9, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Hammerer wrote:

    Boehner should show some backbone and stand up for no taxes.
    What does he have to lose? .....
    He'll lose his job as Speaker of the House because the People will vote the Republicans out.

    1. Barack Obama campaigned on eliminating the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthy. He did it twice, and won twice.
    2. The Republicans ran cutting spending twice and won the House twice, 2010 and 2012.
    3. Conservatives incorrectly believe holding onto the House endorses their idea of no tax increases, wrong. See above.

    Conclusions: All polls show that the majority of Americans want to raise taxes on the wealthy and to cut spending. If the Republican Party continues down their unpopular path, which not even most of the own members fully agree with, then they WILL be voted out of Congress. Again, and this time it may be permanently.

    November 9, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Chris

    Uh, not to be a "party p**per", but does everyone here realize that both houses have to enact the legislation. And MORE IMPORTANTLY did when they extended the Bush tax cuts for everyone and pushed off the fiscal cliff until this year.
    It is NOT ONLY for the President to lead, but the ENTIRE Congress AND Senate to lead and fix the things that THEY (along with various presidents) have broken over the past decades!
    I don't personally care if the deficit spending is a certain percentage of GDP. I want the deficit spending from BOTH parties to simply STOP!

    November 9, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    Blah, blah, blah... Return the max Income Tax Rate on those earning more than $250,000 annually, the SAME RATE as when Clinton was Prez & created 22 MILLION Jobs ! It ain't that hard... it's MATH !

    November 9, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. rs

    This is an opportunity for Mr. Boehner to realize that elections have consequences- one being Romney's economic plan is dead, and he had better forget his pledge of allegiance to Grover Norquist.

    November 9, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Richard Miller

    Mr. Speaker,
    Do you know the definition of the word compromise?????

    November 9, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. The Situation

    Deputy Dog talking big again i see. I thought you promise to give Ohio to Mitts. LOL!

    You see that was supposed to be your job was allowing the president to lead but instead of that you, the Wimp Cantor, Flying Lying Ryan, Bobble Head Bachman and the rest of your Rethugs were not willing to work with the President because you were lead by Grover, Rush, Karl Rove, the Kroch, oops the Koch Brothers, Bibi that insisted that Obama must fail to making him a one term president. You truly thought you had it in the bag with Mittens and is lies after lies.

    Now you played that game and you see what happen, you all got burnt badly. Hopefully you will lose the House in the Mid-Terms in 2 years, then you will see real tears coming from your eyes.

    November 9, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Joe Smith

    Supply side, or "trickle down", economic policy only works when there is a shortage of supply, i.e.: production capacity. That is not the situation this country is facing now. Most industries already have the capacity to produce more than they currently do. We have a lack of demand, i.e: consumers are not buying. We need to emphasize getting money back into the hands of these consumers, not keep sending it to those who are already wealthy. One person with $250 million cannot possibly consume as much as 2500 people with $100,000 each, nor can we, or should we, expect such an individual to voluntarily give away his or her money to help the economy. Tax policy needs to reflect this truth, as uncomfortable as that may be a certain segment of our population.

    November 9, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. anoel2005

    good advice for Republicans from Charles Krauthammer:

    " The other party ( Democrat) thinks it owns the demographic future — counter that in one stroke by fixing the Latino problem. Do not, however, abandon the party’s ( Republican) philosophical anchor. In a world where European social democracy is imploding before our eyes, the party of smaller, more modernized government owns the ideological future."

    "Romney is a good man who made the best argument he could, and nearly won. He would have made a superb chief executive, but he (like the Clinton machine) could not match Barack Obama in the darker arts of public persuasion."

    November 9, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. rs

    Mo Money-
    Let's see how the landowners over which the Keystone pipeline feel about fast-tracking their property rights- or didn't you guys think about the rights of property owners? Think that will happen fast?

    November 9, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. linda

    Obama has been trying to lead for the last 4 years but has had to go up against Republicans that tried to make him a 1 term president and stood in the way of progress.....rather than help the American now it's your turn Republicans.....what you sowed you now reap......the American people voted and have spoken it's not your agenda anymore.....if you want to cut the spending then we have spoken that taxes have to be raised and trying to stopped this President will cost you dearly in the next elections.......

    November 9, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |

    President Obama has no problem leading. it is the Republicans steadfast refusal to follow that's the problem

    November 9, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Dem House candidates: Won the popular vote.

    GOP House candidates: Kept majority via gerrymandering districts.

    GOP and MSM: "The House GOP has a mandate to obstruct, play games, refuse to compromise and shoot the hostage."

    The rest of us: Go ahead. WE DARE YOU.

    November 9, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Re-election and "fiscal cliff"

    Boehner calls on Pres Obama to lead...and once again Obama shows where his priorities are..."Going off on a sightseeing Tour" Burma, Cambodia, etc.....

    November 9, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Romney is NOT My Hero

    The only thing Mr. Orange Glow needs to call is a hotline for the nearest shrink. " "I think it is important for us to come to an agreement with the president ,,," REALLY?!!! What about making him a one term president? Ooooppppsss – That didn't work did it?

    November 9, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. chilly g

    there has to be increase taxes on the rich that the only way to go and the president campaign on this very issue and was reelected to do just that.

    November 9, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "good advice for Republicans from Charles Krauthammer:"

    Yeah, if he's trying to encourage the to hurt themselves more. Nothing about that was good advice. Rather, it sounded like a sad and desperate man trying to rationalize his way out of coming to the conclusion that the GOP has severe ideological problems and needs to make some substantial changes to almost everything about itself.

    November 9, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. just sayin

    obama lead??? boehner expects far too much.

    this is the way it works. obama gives vacuous meaningless teleprompter speeches, reid and pelosi tell obama what they want him to sign, the republicans are expected to go along with al of it even though they believe in none of it, obama signs it into law and takes credit for all of it. until it all falls apart or turns into a disaster or bankrupts the country or hurts jobs and the economy, then it is the republicans fault.

    got it boehner? now get with the plan and do obamas bidding and make sure all of the republicans disregard what their constituents wanted and voted for. its all about obama period end of discussion.

    November 9, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Lowering rates makes the deficit problem worse instead of better. It's amazing the GOP continues to pretend that revenues increase by lowering the tax rate. It doesn't work.

    November 9, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Pam from Iowa

    No, Boehner. this is now the time for YOU to work with the President and the Democrats!
    You spent the last 4 years doing NOTHING but attempting to defeat the President in everything he has tried to do!
    If you were a representative of the state of Iowa, I would have spent the last 4 years working to get you impeached and removed from office! You are a disgrace to this country!

    November 9, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Chris wrote:

    Uh, not to be a "party p**per", but does everyone here realize that both houses have to enact the legislation. ....
    Read the US Constitution. All spending bills MUST originate in the House of Representatives. Carefully consider the full ramifications of that requirement.

    November 9, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. anoel2005

    Boehner & Obama made a debt ceiling deal last time and Obama backed out at the last minute because the left wing nuts in the Democrat party refused the deal.

    Pelosi & Reid are like poison to the people.

    November 9, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    First order of business for Dems in congress should eb the following:

    Legislation limiting a state's maximum federal aid to the total amount of federal taxes that state's citizens paid into the federal government. Arguments should be along th elines of "it's fiscally responsible because it forces states to live within their means" and that it would reduce federal spending.

    Second order of business: make popcorn.

    November 9, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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