February 10th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Boehner: McCain is a solid conservative

Boehner defended McCain, who has faced conservative criticism.

Boehner defended McCain, who has faced conservative criticism.

(CNN) - Not long after President Bush called John McCain a “true conservative” on Fox News Sunday, House Minority Leader John Boehner also defended McCain’s conservative credentials on CNN’s Late Edition.

“When you look at his record on fiscal responsibility, when you look at his record on getting rid of wasteful Washington spending, look at his record on a strong national defense, and leading forward in the fight on terrorism, he’s a solid conservative,” Boehner told Wolf Blitzer earlier today.

The Ohio congressman said he did not agree with many conservative radio hosts, including Rush Limbaugh, who earlier this week said “McCain will kill conservatism as a dominant force in the Republican Party.”

Boehner has not endorsed McCain, and acknowledged that the Arizona senator has taken some positions that have “angered some conservatives.” But - like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who made similar comments to a conservative audience Saturday - he seemed willing to accept those differences to avoid a Democratic alternative.

“Look at the Republican candidates that are running for President, as compared with all of the Democrat candidates, and you see a very distinct picture,” said Boehner.

John McCain only won one of the three Republican presidential contests held on Saturday, but it may be too little, too late for Mike Huckabee, who won the remainder. Most analysts agree that it is nearly statistically impossible for Huckabee to take the delegate lead away from McCain.

–CNN's Peter Lanier

Filed under: John Boehner • John McCain
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. doug marcuse sewell, nj

    let the likes of limbaugh run for office and see what happens. they talk aboiut the need for power by some in washington, it too often looks like they have the need for unaccounted power. mccain fits more w/ the reagan conservatives if honest gop'ers look at it.

    February 11, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  2. Tim

    This is about as funny a situation as you can find. The Lunatic Fringe of the Republican party now say McCain is a conservative. What choices do you have moron. He will be the Republican nominee and there ain't much you can do about it.

    Crow doesn't taste all that good does it?

    February 11, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |