Boehner confident in re-election to speaker
January 3rd, 2013
11:45 AM ET
2 years ago

Boehner confident in re-election to speaker

Washington (CNN)House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he was confident the House would re-elect him speaker, but conceded a few fellow Republicans would likely vote against him.

Some conservative activists have called on the House to oust Boehner following the passage of a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. The deal raised tax rates for American households earning more than $450,000 per year. While Boehner made a last-minute effort to include spending cuts in the deal, the measure passed without them.

Rep. Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, also expressed confidence Thursday that Boehner would be re-elected speaker, saying "absolutely" when asked whether his colleagues would support Boehner for another term in the top post.

Cantor voted "no" on the final fiscal cliff deal Tuesday night, breaking with Boehner, who cast a "yea" vote. A majority of House Republicans voted against the bill, though earlier Tuesday it passed with a large majority in the Senate.

When CNN asked Cantor if the speaker will be re-elected he replied "absolutely."

The speaker also confirmed that he's told his GOP colleagues that he's going to back off attempting one-on-one negotiations with President Barack Obama to pre-cook major deals, after the two men failed to reach an agreement averting the fiscal cliff. The deal that eventually passed was brokered by Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate.

"Regular order works best," Boehner said – meaning he'll follow normal legislative process in the future by introducing bills in the House that would eventually be sent to the president.

Boehner added that he's "always happy to talk to the president."

soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. Ufetcha

    Lastly CNN needs to get ALL the facts and stop being partisan.

    January 3, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Boehner is a proven failed leader. Enough said!!!

    January 3, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. SayWhat

    Another two years for the leader of the Island of Broken Toys? How can a person be re-elected after doing absolutely nothing for the people of this country? Where are the jobs? Repeat – where are the jobs? Repeat: Where are the jobs? Either lead or get out of the way and go home.

    January 3, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. roberto

    More of the same. Too bad about the dishonest gerrymandering.

    January 3, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Boehner or Cantor ?

    Make Obama a two term President .

    January 3, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Wake up People!

    Of course he is confident, he has the three main qualifications for the job. He is a rich male with a faux tan. That's all the qualifications needed.

    Our system is messed up, only in Congress can you NOT do your job and tell everyone you're not going to do it because you are upset, but still get reelected.

    January 3, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Hillcrester

    From my perspective it is great if Boehner reains Speaker: He is incompetent, and can't bring the GOP caucus with him.

    January 3, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Pam from Iowa

    He would definitely NOT keep his job if it were American citizens voting instead of his fellow cronies!
    To keep a job, you have to DO the job, something Boehner has yet to do!

    January 3, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    The speaker also confirmed that he's told his GOP colleagues that he's going to back off attempting one-on-one negotiations with President Barack Obama to pre-cook major deals, after the two men failed to reach an agreement averting the fiscal cliff.
    ---------------
    This is similar to what the Republicans did at the start of the first term. Back then, they had came out said that they would not participate in drafting health care reform legislation. Then they complained about Democrats leaving them out of the process. Later on, they complained about Pres. Obama not talking to them.

    The truth has always been exactly what is being repeated here. The Republicans search for excuses not to have an ongoing dialog, find one and then cut and for that door.

    January 3, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Voiceinthewind

    Yep the Republicant's are just dumb enough to follow this egotistical racist and keep him in power.

    January 3, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Lorrie

    Whether he keeps his seat or not, I'll bet he cries. Dude, stop bawling like a baby and DO SOMETHING.

    January 3, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Deez

    Everyone keeps saying, "vote the bums out!" Well, here is our chance! But, guess what? He is going to keep his job and we will get what we deserve for sticking with this broken, 2-party government.

    January 3, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. RolnThndr

    He should be out....not just out as Speaker of the House but out as a congressman too. His tenure as Speaker has been nothing but one screw-up after another with him constantly back-peddling, trying to save face. Toss the bum out and get someone competent in the post.

    January 3, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. Thomas

    SayWhat?

    Remember, that the speaker of the house does not represent the citizens of the US, but represents the majority party in the house.

    So the cogent question is what has the speaker done for the GOP? I feel the answer is the same for both our questions – less than worthless.

    January 3, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. David M

    "House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he was confident the House would re-elect him speaker...."

    That's unfortunate for America. The problem is, all the other possible prospects are just as equally unqualified.

    January 3, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    Speaker Boehner failed only because of Tea Party members in his caucus.

    January 3, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. Matt Sewell

    This is another position we should be in voting for, not his minions. Broken America..

    January 3, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. DC

    Only in America do we reward mediocracy! Unreal.

    January 3, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Ordinary Average American

    Surely voters in the State of Ohio won't reelect Boehner as their Senator . . . it's up to US, America, to throw these obstructionists out of office and end the b.s. in D.C.!

    January 3, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Jacqueline Miles

    Heaven forbid that man continues in any position of authority to further his personal agenda. He does not represent what this country needs in a leader. Go back to Western Ohio and sell insurance or whatever!

    January 3, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. John john the pipers son

    what awkward news for everyone.

    January 3, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Jworm

    Let me vote(citizen)

    January 3, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. Hogan's Goat

    Seriously? Why? He's just slimed the whole GOP by leaving NJ to twist in the wind because of his hate for Chris Christie. Why would they keep him?

    January 3, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Joe

    He needs to be replaced........PERIOD!!, The politicians who fail to do anything for the "People" of this country and have shown to be a failure as a politician need to be replaced. Americans need to start joining together and voicing their opinion and stop putting up with politicians that fail to fullfill their duty.

    January 3, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. S.R.

    Retain his job??? He should be thrown in jail for crimes against the working people of the United States of America!!!

    January 3, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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