May 17th, 2009
12:20 PM ET
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Cheney, Limbaugh, Gingrich not hurting GOP, Boehner says

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the Republican Party struggles to right itself after being caught up in rough political seas, House Minority Leader John Boehner said Sunday a slew of recent and sometimes controversial comments and media appearances by a trio of high-profile Republicans is helping his struggling party.

“Having these voices out there, it doesn’t hurt us, it helps us,” Boehner told CNN’s John King on State of the Union when asked about former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

“If we’re going to show the American people that we’ve got a better way forward, having a chorus of voices out there, I think is helpful to our effort,” added the Ohio Republican.

The GOP congressional leader had no illusions about how much work his party has to do.

“We’ve got a long way to come back. We’ve had two disastrous election cycles.”

And Boehner praised the National Council for a New America, a recent GOP effort spearheaded by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor that is intended to rebrand the GOP and help it reconnect with voters.

“All the wisdom in America isn’t found here in Washington, DC,” Boehner said of the new GOP group. “There’s nothing wrong with going out and listening to the American people, sharing our principles, trying to find ways to address the concerns of the American people. But address those concerns with solutions, solutions that are built on Republican principles. So, I think this dialogue is important.”

Boehner left open the possibility that in the run-up to the 2010 midterm elections, the GOP might use something like Gingrich’s 1994 “Contract with America” to brand its message to voters.

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soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. GOP Shall Rise Again!

    It's funny how liberals like to say how much they care about people and conservatives just care about themselves. Then I read the vicious name-calling towards Cheney, Limbaugh, and Gingrich and I realize who really is filled with hate. You're acting like 10year olds. Keept it up're also helping the GOP...they'll be back in control and you'll be wondering how you lost control so fast.

    May 17, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. ancient river

    Michael Steele has decided that people are not sufficiently incensed about gay marriage and is working on an economic rational. Small businesses will have to pay out benefits for another class of families. Never mind that most gays are double- income- no -kids who would pay in the same as a family with 6 kids and defray overall cost for everyone. Or that most gay men are far helathier and fitter in middle age than most straight married men and consume less health care dollars. Or that the other partner would no longer have to be covered by some other small business. Or that the money that might be saved would go into boosting the economy in purchases. His new rational doesn't make alot of sense, does it?

    May 17, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Jay from CT

    You people leaving comments on here are idiots, lets not forget about the great morality of Bill Clinton(while he was president and lied to the american people) and the great legal records of the whole tax cheating Obama admin.

    May 17, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Madam LaFarge

    The Republican Party has abandoned all its core principles and is in Self-Destruct mode.

    May 17, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Tom

    I have voted Republican for 44 years now. Cheney and Limbaugh are detriments to the GOP. Arrogant, ego-maniacs serve to polarize issues and do not lead to solutions.

    May 17, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Jack

    If you think so, then you haven't been listening! This Republican left a long time ago After Newt and the crew started embracing the Rush"over the hill" Limbaugh and the group of loudmouths.

    I am a proud Independent and will never again be a Republican or Democrat. You'll have to earn my vote! And as long as you align yourself with the likes Limbaugh, you or the Republican Party will not get my vote.

    Your action, unfortunately are very childish.

    Why can't you spank a spoiled unruly child? Your inaction is the same as condoning his actions.

    Shame on you!

    May 17, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. GOPer

    bohner is living on the planet of Oz if he thinks Gingrich, Rush and Cheney are not hurting our party. We need a major house cleaning in the GOP!

    May 17, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Jay from CT

    And I love the fact that FoxNews gets called out every time when not one word is spoken about MSNBC!! Dont try and change the subject that the Democrats are wrong when they deflect the attention away from Pelosi. Stop bringing up Bush, we are long over that. Pelosi is lying, why do you feel the need to try and change the subject that she isnt??
    Why doesnt Obama just turn us all into robots so he can be in control of us as well as every business out there?? I dont know whats wrong with you people who think this is a good way to live??? Where did u people grow up?? Bush kept us safe, I hate to say it but we will all see how safe Bush actually kept us by torturing and gaining info when the terrorists strike again because Obama is naive.

    May 17, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. LouAz

    One interview gets four individual stories ? Do you get paid by the inch ? Is Boehner so profound that each statement warrants it's own distinct story ? This smells like FOX Noise.

    May 17, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Robert

    Mickey Mouse is good for Disneyland too. Perhaps a name change: Mickey Limbaugh. Anyone out there care to give up Mickey Limbaugh's education, job training and work experience that qualify him to talk about anything but maybe (and doubtful) Disneyland.

    May 17, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. TW

    My God, that Boehner is every bit the fruitcake as Limbaugh and Cheney. As long as the GOP coddles to the likes of these individuals, the Dems will be sitting pretty for the next 8 years, and that is no good.

    May 17, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Robert

    John Boehner NOW just look at this guy he kind of reminds me of Charlie Manson. The good thing is that even Mickey would not listen to him.

    May 17, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |

    These 3 clowns are not hurting the GOP!?!?!
    What planet do you live on Bohner?
    The Party of No! is in the toilet and you think things are going well? You're delusional man...

    May 17, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Richard Wagner

    If the democrats just became pro-life....then the Republicans would be history.

    May 17, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    I guess its safe to assume that the ratings for "State of the Union" are down ... there are eight items permalinked to the program. John King ... this really smacks of desperation for credibility when you have to do so much self-promotion!

    May 17, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Purple OH

    Boehner creeps me out more than the other three guys. I never liked Rush in the past, but I think he's making sense and giving an outlet to more people than ever today.

    May 17, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. New Day

    Of course he's going to say that. He doesn't want to have to apologize to Emperor Limbaugh. I think that, despite how you feel about President Obama's policies, most people like him as a person. And, the reason for that, is because he is agreeable. A lesson that, anyone in the GOP whom wants to be president, might wanna learn.

    CNN, can I get one of my comments posted, please?

    May 17, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |

    John Boehner is totally out of reach with REALITY! From supporting these three radicals to questioning Pelosi on her loyalty. When are the leaders of the GOP going to learn that "pointing fingers" doesn't get you anywhere. It is time for them to contribute to solving the many problems facing this nation instead of accusing others.

    May 17, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. mitchell in alabama

    I wonder how many of you people know about the prince muslin who backed the demo. candit. When you people dont have your parents money to help you or a welfare check I think you may wake up to the fact you have been duped but it will be to late.

    May 17, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. florida indep

    "All the wisdom in American isn't found here in Washington,D.C." says John B. What gave you a clue dipstick? We the people have known that for a little over two hundred years. Also, there is absoultely no wisdom in the leadership of the Republican Party and virtually the same amount in the Democratic party leadership. Hopefully the two party fiasco in this country will be ending in my lifetime. The Republicans want everyone to accept personal responsibilty; that is everyone but themselves, ditto for the Democrats. I would like to think there are intelligent, wise persons out there that will get into public service unfortunately what we are getting stuck with is Rush, Newt, Dick, and George on the right and Nancy, Ted and others on the left. From municipal to national government we need to start again.

    May 17, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. tony

    Yeah they are helping the Republican party – right into obscurity. I hope they keep it up. Their rhetoric just shows how much they are out of touch with the MAJORITY of American voters. Newsflash – the reign of fat, old, white, intolerant, holier-than thou hypocrites is over.....hopefully for good!!!

    May 17, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Prevaricator

    Boehner is delusional as is the rest of his ilk!

    May 17, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. Scott in Jacksonville

    i can't believe the Republican basically rehired Boehner as their leader considering the disasters of the past. I agree Limbaugh is a plus for the Republican. The Dems are self destructing (as they will admit themselves) with Pelosi, Murtha, Reid and now the President.

    The only leader I see is Cantor and he better get out there quick.

    Oh..on Palin..she needs to stay in Alaska. Too much bad stuff...a distraction.

    Scott Lara

    May 17, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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