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
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  1. FactCheck

    So Romney's tax plan was to extend Bush's tax cuts and cut all social services. He lost the election and now Boehner wants the President to extend Bush's tax cuts and cut all social services? Talk about cognative dissonnace.

    November 9, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Ex-GOP Con

    I like how Boehnor likes to whine about the Bush GOP War debt....but offer no solutions to pay it down yet it continues to grow with interest. At least President Obama is proposing tax increases on the 1% to pay down his debt.

    November 9, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Jess

    Republicans should not pass anything until Obama and the Democrats put forth their solutions. Republicans have put forth plan, after plan, bill, after bill, that the Democrats and Obama attack, demagouge then refuse to vote on. THEY HAVE OFFERED NOTHING. Otherwise, the Democrats can finally enjoy getting what they have demanded for over a decade now, massive tax increases to pay for their massive government. Democrats are demanding that the country take the California route of bankruptcy. I say give it to them NOW. It is immoral to be living off the backs of our kids and the unborn generations to come. Feed the Democrat government beast now until it is satified, if ever.

    November 9, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. FactCheck

    Folks ought to download the CBO's assessment of what would happen if the US did go over the cliff. Yes, unemployment would rise to 9.1 in Q3 but the VERY NEXT SENTENCE of their assessment states that unemployment would GO DOWN to 5.5 by 2018.

    November 9, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. FactCheck

    Read my lips "no more tax cuts for the rich".

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

    Obama has not led on much so he is expecting to much. He usually just hands it off to Reid or Pelosi. Personally I think they ought to let us go off the cliff. D's would get their tax rate hikes and R's get cuts even if they are in defense. Either way the cuts and rate hikes are going to hit the poor the hardest so you might as well get it over with.

    November 9, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. TAK

    Sounds to me like Boehner is going to be driving this country right over the fiscal cliff.

    Memo to FactCheck: 2018 is a long ways off. Would you be willing to be unemployed for the next 5-6 years?

    November 9, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Sniffit wrote:

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

    Just to clarify hehe...cuz I don't want credit that's not due...I didn't make that suggestion, someone else did (I think yuo read their post wrong). But thanks loads for the compliment :-) /blush

    November 9, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. cmkc

    "This is an opportunity for the president to lead," Boehner said. Yes, and this is an opportunity for you to compromise and follow.

    November 9, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Mo Money wrote:

    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.
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    Ah! But, when Republicans give away EVEN MORE to the wealthy, but call it a tax cut, that's a good thing. Right?

    The national debt stands at around $16T now. Do you know how much of that total is due to policies enacted, and STILL enacted by Republicans? Almost $10T of it.

    Pres. Obama has not enacted any NEW fiscal policies that have contributed to the national debt. We have a revenue problem, and it was created by Republicans a decade ago. They the warnings at the time that their poloicies would create trillion deficits wihtin a decade, some of which came from the right.

    November 9, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. simp

    This loser looks like he could use another drink. The repubs better get on board, if not they are history in 2 years, the ones that will be running for reelection. The poll numbers are in, and the tea party and hard repubs better get on board or else....

    November 9, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. AL

    Give the "job creaters" tax breaks after they prove they created jobs (in America). If we give them their wellfare (tax breaks) before they create any jobs, they'll just be another one of the 47 percenters who are too lazy to produce anything. If they ("job creators") are made to pay higher taxes, then they'll have to produce more to EARN more money. Lets try that and see if that creates more jobs!

    November 9, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well,
    I hope all of you that supported and voted for Obama has your future secure. Probably things that affect you direcly are going to get slightly or modertly or excessively worse. Now I know many of you don't believe it.

    Republicians and Conservatives think you can take care of yourself. Liberals and Democrats think you have no ability to take care of yourself and need a babysitter. Over the last 75 years the Liberal's have been in charge. So ask yourself. Why are things no better today than they were 75 years ago. The Cold Hard Facts are at your doorstep. The Fiscal Cliff is at hand. You have just bailed out without a paraschute. Have a nice trip down.

    November 9, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. ST

    After burning millions and millions of money on unsuccessful election, should be there even a five minutes of discussing whether taxes to the rich should be raised????? Unbelievable!

    November 9, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. lolo

    How about you quit crying lika a baby and lead those crazy people in the house that have you running scared.

    November 9, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Pres. Obama has not enacted any NEW fiscal policies that have contributed to the national debt. "

    Now now, that's not true either. The Stimulus and othe rnecessary things during the recession like extensions to unemployment insurance did contribute to the national debt, but very slightly in comparison to the continued existence of things liek the Bush tax cuts and his Medicare program and his wars. Even the amount of deficit attributable to the rise in unemployment was larger than the Stimulus though. Still, it's not accurate to say there was zero contribution from Obama's policies. What's important to remember is that they were far more necessary and effective than things like cutting taxes for the rich or killing 100,000 innocent Iraqis.

    November 9, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Ray E. (Georgia) wrote:

    ....Over the last 75 years the Liberal's have been in charge. ....
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    And just as soon as Republicans got control of everything in 2001, they drove the economy into a ditch. And people like you blame it on Democrats.

    Far too many middle class Americans have been hurt far too deeply since the onset of the Great Recession. They've had time to ask themselves how did this happen to me.

    Unemployment has given them to THINK. Think, instead of letting politicians tell them what to think, they are thinking for themselves and making their own choices. People are no longer entrusting the lives on the words of some polictian.

    November 9, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. Lou

    I don't think we are going anywhere nice in the next few years. We have seen what a Obama, Reid, and Boehner can do together and it amounts to a negative number. Based on their record I would not have hired any of them but history has shown America pulls through even with pitiful leaders.

    November 9, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Oregon Calling

    Leading is only part of the equation, there also have to be people willing to follow.

    Peace :-)

    November 9, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. v_mag

    Ray E. (Georgia) said, "Probably things that affect you direcly are going to get slightly or modertly or excessively worse. Now I know many of you don't believe it."
    -–
    Remember when George W was president? Remember how bad things got under his "leadership"? You want me to believe that his clone, Romney, would not have done the same and caused things to get "excessively worse"? Now, that's something I DON'T believe.

    November 9, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    sniffit wrote:

    "Pres. Obama has not enacted any NEW fiscal policies that have contributed to the national debt. "

    Now now, that's not true either. The Stimulus and othe rnecessary things during the recession like extensions to unemployment insurance did contribute to the national debt,
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    I don't count the Stimulus as an Obama policy. It's something that George W. Bush punted on, just like the auto bailouts. Don't forget. Bush had enacted his own meager stimulus packages, including one in June of 2008.

    He had wanted to enact a bigger one, but the general election had complicated the "tax and spend" narrative against Democrats. His stimulus was overshadowed by TARP. The rest is history.

    November 9, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. UrAverageJoe

    Baloney – of course he wants to box people in. Let all the tax cuts expire! The Republicans have no intention of compromise and it's about time we started to pay for the things we want. If you want Medicare, you can't have the current 1950s tax levels. Medicare was passed in the 1960s. If you want huge defense budgets, you can't have 1950s tax levels; the defense budget didn't explode until the 1980s.

    November 9, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. David O Mock

    Behner and Mitch need to get off their high and mighty horses and do what the people want. Namely, raise taxes on their wealthy friends.

    November 9, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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