Boehner confident in re-election to speaker
January 3rd, 2013
11:45 AM ET
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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. Oscar Pitchfork

    It won't matter if someone puts a bullet in his head like they should have long ago...

    January 3, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Robert Jay

    What a joke – the system and Boehner – This country doesn't have to worry about foreign terrorits – The Republican party / Boehner / McComnnel / Graham and Cantor are more than enough to completely destroy this country !

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

    Actually, the President should be the one refusing to have one-on-one negotiations with Boehner. Boehner has proven he can't deliver on his own bills. Talking to him is a waste of time, obviously.

    January 3, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Jimh77

    He is dreaming. There is no way the party can hang on to Boehner if they want to look like they have any decency towards Americans.

    January 3, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. IceMan

    Of course he won't get fired. Why should the House GOP be any more competent in this respect?

    January 3, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Patrick

    There's just nothing better than watching the Republican party self destruct. We'll have 3 parties when it's all over and GUESS which one will always be in the majority for the next 100 years.

    January 3, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Larry in Houston

    I wonder how many people remember when Mr. Foley was thee Speaker. He wasn't outspoken, or "dictatorial" as newt & boehner was, or is. Pelosi was sworn in when "Dubya" was in office. She at least treated him with some respect, unlike the present spkr we currently have. I remember when Mr. Foley was pretty much in the background, and herdly ever heard a peep out of him, in the 1950's or 1960's, even the mid 1970's, til the "Newtster" was elected spkr. of the house.

    January 3, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. nvmature

    Speaker Boehner has no clothes. No power, no influence, no credibility and no trust. Speaker in name only.

    January 3, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. ptran

    Do not replace him. He benefits Democrat in the future... Another lost for GOP

    January 3, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. ST

    Boehner is confident that he will be re-elected!!! Well, he better ask Romney how confident he was to be elected President.

    January 3, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. fthomasCain

    Boehner is the most incompetent Speaker, ever! He is constantly outmaneuvered by Obama and the Democrats on every single issue. He and McConnell have damaged the Republican brand so bad with their incompetence, they are dead in presidential politics for the foreseeable future. If he gets reelected Speaker, I am done with them!

    January 3, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Larry in Houston

    I wonder how many people remember when Mr. Foley was the Speaker. He wasn't outspoken, or "dictatorial" as newt & boehner was, or is. Pelosi was sworn in when "Dubya" was in office. She at least treated him with some respect, unlike the present spkr we currently have. I remember when Mr. Foley was pretty much in the background, and hardly ever heard a peep out of him, in the 1950's or 1960's, even the mid 1970's, til the "Newtster" was elected spkr. of the house –
    Larry in Houston

    January 3, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Hogan's Goat

    There is a rumor that his nerves failed and he left the building in some sort of crisis instead of calling for the vote as intended. Weeper of the House had a nervous breakdown when millions were depending on him for relief? Replace him and let him go to the Betty Ford Clinic already.
    MY nerves would crack in two weeks of this kind of fricking around. People burn out in jobs all the time. Get him out of here before he fails us all again.

    January 3, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Carol

    Maybe Mr. Boehner should think of the country he is suppose to represent and the people he directly represents. Which he has not done. Do we want a Speaker who is willing swear? Do we want a Speaker who is willing to let the aftermath of a Superstorm go unattended? Where is he? He needs to be replace by someone willing to do their job!

    January 3, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Mr T

    Confidence won't get him elected. Hope this tool falls flat. Merry Christmas John Bohner!

    January 3, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Tom

    Cantor just voted no because he's still one of Grover Norquists many lap dogs and wanted to keep his record clean of 'raising taxes' to avoid getting primaried in his now bluish Virginia.

    January 3, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Steve

    The arrogance of the GOP and this leader…

    January 3, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. AGeek

    Neither Boehner nor Cantor should hold the Speaker position. Choose someone who's still a moderate GOP member with a track record of working for The People, not The Party or The Donor. Perhaps the GOP should realize their vote will decide the fate of the GOP in less than two years. I'm fine with burying the entire lot of them if they so choose.

    January 3, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Matt in KY

    Relevant, yes, but not as much as a week ago. We've had a pretty public display of his effectiveness as a leader, as he was pushed out of the way by the people required to get the job done. I guess it depends on whose side you're on, do you want an easy target to keep picking on, or run the risk of a better opponent in his replacement? Conversely, do conservatives want to hold on to someone that just had to be "saved " by "the usual suspects" in DC (McConnell, McCain...Biden, Reid....from the Senate) or think long term and start applying leadership principles that may award them a future after this trainwreck?

    We'll see, and whatever way it goes, it will be expensive to the taxpayer.

    January 3, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Congressional Hypocrisy

    There is very little more satisfying that watching the cheap, self-serving hypocrisy of the GOP destroy itself.

    January 3, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Marilyn

    Boehner needs to get over himself! Go, go and go...he's done enough damage for one lifetime!

    January 3, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Elvis

    Radical , arrogant won't get him anywhere, goes to show when most needed by the People, his concerns lean only towards the2%.

    January 3, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Dave

    I don't know where all the harsh comments are coming from. The only reason Boehner was ineffective in the budget negotiations is that conservative members of his caucus undermined him at every turn. If not, he would have been able to negotiate a much bigger deal with Obama, including significant entitlment reform. Do you think Eric Cantor or a tea-party member would be more effective at getting anything done? Boehner understands that the Republicans in the house only have 1/3 of the power. Ironically, the failure to accept the fact is the reason the tea-party hasn't been more effective in pursuing its agenda. You have to give something to get something!

    January 3, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. Paul

    ^ I agree with Mike.....

    January 3, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    Anybody but cantor. The I want what I want when I want it little boy who never got anything he wanted while growing up and is still an incompetent little "bastion" (figure this out folks).
    At least with the weeper we know we have a smoking drunk. This cantor would bring our government further down the path to he ll!!! Only his district gets federal earthquake money when he wants or needs it.
    Let's hope that he is standing under some huge column next time an earthquake hits VA!! Poof, gone, no more and no great loss.

    January 3, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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