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. Tommy G

    "Thank you for calling the Whitehouse. The President is currently on vacation, I mean important business abroad, and will return your call as soon as he is done cutting the ribbon at the new Piggly Wiggly in Katmandu. If this is an urgent call, or your consulate is being attacked my Al Quada, please leave a message and we will get back to you in a day or two. All others may call back in two weeks. Thank you and good bye. Forward."

    November 9, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. v_mag

    The President will have to lead, apparently, since "leadership" is a foreign concept to Boehner.

    November 9, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Chupacabra

    Going off the cliff might be the best thing could happen....................

    November 9, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. larry

    And I'm calling on republicans to bargain in good faith

    November 9, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Wake up People!

    @Tommy G. Sour grapes??

    November 9, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Thomas

    The billion dollar election: Who got paid?
    Estimates show the election could cost at least $4.2 billion, and others say it could reach $6 billion. That's a record.American Rambler Productions LLC received the most money from the Romney campaign. The campaign messaging and advertising specialists received $41.85 million. Unlike the other top firms making a profit from this election, its online profile is nearly non-existent.

    Where's the jobs ?
    The amount of money spent by both party's is disgustingly shameful . Especially when our utmost concern is the deficit and fiscal spending. Not to mention the hard economic circumstance that more then half of Americans have suffered since the recession .
    Who said government and elections don't create jobs , the question is the sustainability of the employment . As in elections and wars , the contractors are reworded
    grandly .
    Dose anybody else think this money could have been put to better use ?
    Say teachers , schools , education .

    November 9, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Thomas

    TGIF , Do Nothing Congress !

    November 9, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Ancient Texan

    Lead? Obama never promised to lead...he's just meant to CAMPAIGN!

    November 9, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Luke Brown

    I'm sick of Boenher and his partisanship. He is already posturing instead of solving the problems of this country. Mr. Speaker, use the lame duck session to get the country's fiscal house in order. You have already proven that a simple Defense authorization bill - much less a budget or deficit-reduction package - can't get through Congress with you at the helm.

    You may be a nice guy, but Obama has it all over you when it comes to being a statesman.

    November 9, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Travis

    In other words, get ready for sequestration, since neither side will give up anything.

    November 9, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Ancient Texan

    Dim's defination of "compromise"- Do it my way...or no way.

    November 9, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    Fine, Mr. Boehner, then you and the GOP should follow. Glad we got that settled.

    November 9, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. anoel2005

    The only one "leading" in the White House is Valerie Jarrett. That won't change.

    November 9, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    How's all that "number one priority" stuff workin' out for ya? You enjoying that corner? Would you like more paint?

    November 9, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Mo Money

    I would like to see both parties work it out but I'm not confident it will happen. Even if the rich pay more, the dems will simply give away more.

    November 9, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. rs

    just sayin-
    Too bad that the majority of Americans obviously felt whatever nonsense your tossing out about Mr Obama was obviously better than what Mr. Romney and the rape specialists the GOP had running for the Senate had to offer to America!
    Does that sting a little?

    November 9, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    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.....


    There's nobody to lead until the House reconvenes. Since they've decided to shirk their duties and pout, what better time for President Obama to strenghten our ties with the rest of the planet?

    November 9, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. rs

    I guess Mr. Obama should feel complemened that not only does Mr. Boehner want him to lead the nation out of this mess, but he wants Obama to do somenthing Boehner hasn't done in 4 years- lead the House of Representatives and their anti-American TEA Party members.

    November 9, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. A little sad



    Second order of business: make popcorn.

    This blog needs a "like" button.

    November 9, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Ali

    Those who make more than $250,000 have not been creating enough jobs over the last `12 yeasr, despite the tax break they already enjoy, so why is it going to be any different if they keep getting the tax break?

    I think tax break may work to create the required number of jobs each quarter, if the they are coupled with some some kind of incentive. Create jobs and get the tax breaks, create jobs overseas and no tax breaks.

    November 9, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. ART

    Tommy G why don't you just get over it you sore loser and to mr cry me a river Boehner he has been leading,you guys have just been obstructing him at every turn.

    November 9, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Mo Money

    Has he blamed republicans yet, I cant see the video??

    November 9, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Chupacabra wrote:

    Going off the cliff might be the best thing could happen....................
    We've already been there and done that twice before. The first time is was called The Great Depression. The last time it was called The Great Recession and gave us TARP. The same fiscal policies that led to TARP, are the same policies that lead to both the Great Depression and the Great Recession, and are the SAME economic policies that are leading us to the edge once again.

    What were those policies? Deregulate banks, and let the wealthy and big businesses pay litle or no taxes.

    November 9, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit wrote:

    This blog needs a "like" button.
    Your posts would overload the servers.

    November 9, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Malory Archer

    Tommy G

    "Thank you for calling the Whitehouse. The President is currently on vacation....


    When President Obama called boehner & beaker following his victory speech he was told they were both asleep and couldn't be disturbed. Maybe it's just me, but I was always under the impression that when the President of the United States calls you answer the phone. Perhaps President Obama has decided to give as good as he gets from the party of NO! And it's high time he does!

    November 9, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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