September 15th, 2009
04:31 PM ET
13 years ago

Boehner: Wilson resolution a 'diversion'

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House Minority Leader John Boehner told CNN a resolution of disapproval against South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson is a "diversion" to help Democrats avoid talking about health care.

Many Democrats have attacked Wilson for yelling "you lie" during President Obama's address to Congress last week, and the House is expected to vote on a resolution Tuesday disapproving of the Republican lawmaker's conduct on Tuesday afternoon. Boehner called Wilson, who has since apologized, a "good man" and said that he was "thankful that the president accepted his apology."

"This tactic on the floor today is nothing more than a diversion so that they don't have to talk about their government run health care plan," Boehner told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I just think we ought to be talking about what the American people sent us here to do, and that's to solve the issues they're concerned about."

Boehner said that if a Democrat had shouted the same thing during one of former President Bush's speeches and later apologized to the White House, "that would be the end of it."

As a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll shows support for the war in Afghanistan at an all-time low, Boehner said he hopes Obama "will continue to listen these people on the ground" in his decision on whether or not to send more troops.

"Listen to their recommendations. They're the people who are there and I just believe that walking away from Afghanistan would be a giant mistake for our country," Boehner said. "I've supported the president's initiatives both in Iraq and in Afghanistan, and I'm hopeful that the president will continue to listen to these people on the ground as he comes to a decision."

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soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Julia

    Typical. Had this been a Black Congressman having made that remark during one of Bush's speeches, John Boehner and his crew of GOP would have been picketed the NAACP and labeled it racism. Funny how these things aren't relevant when they do them - when they're called to do the right thing, they call it a "distraction."

    September 15, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. Roy Arellano (San Antonio)

    NO SIR! Mr. Wilson has not apologized. His information was wrong as sited on the bill he was referencing, and his actions were bias, ignorant, uncivil, and very disrespectful. We are watching and we see the truth. If perceptions are so important, Republicans should be careful.

    September 15, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    A diversion to refuse to face reality...respect for the institution.

    September 15, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. They call me "Tater Salad"

    Give us a break there, "Boner"! Everything you and the rest of your halfwit buddies say and do is nothing but a "diversion" to take the attention off of the fact that every last one of you are incompetent, and have an intelligence level equal to a hampster! Shut up and get lost, nobody's paying any attention to you, in case you didn't notice!!!!!

    September 15, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. Sick of Dirty Obama

    We know the Dems have lost when they start playing the race card.

    Whenever you hear them playing the race card, you know that they are afraid and they use it to try and change the subject.

    We been hearing the race card cr*p all week, and it means that they KNOW that they are DEAD IN THE WATER ON HEALTHCARE AND EVERYTHING ELSE.

    September 15, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. Regressive Party Refugee (former republican)

    He's right. For once.

    September 15, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Josh in TN

    John Boehner your baboon red a– face is always a distraction. That racial jerk and Wilson and all the Repukes need to be sent back to Klan Island.

    September 15, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. walleye

    The Dems DO want to talk about Health Care. Its the Repubs that dont

    It turns out that in eight states, plus the District of Columbia, getting beaten up by your spouse is a pre-existing condition.
    Under the cold logic of the insurance industry, it makes perfect sense: If you are in a marriage with someone who has beaten you in the past, you're more likely to get beaten again than the average person and are therefore more expensive to insure.
    In human terms, it's a second punishment for a victim of domestic violence.
    In 2006, Democrats tried to end the practice. An amendment introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), now a member of leadership, split the Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee 10-10. The tie meant that the measure failed.
    All ten no votes were Republicans, including Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), a member of the "Gang of Six" on the Finance Committee who are hashing out a bipartisan bill.

    September 15, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Bug3t | Ruth, CA

    Yea, just look at all those Republicans stepping up in support of Wilson to vote Nay on the letter of disapproval!

    Even the GOPers are embarrassed by this guy.... With nothing and no one left to turn to, the GOP finally has to own it's base - the red-necks, racists, fringe secessionists and good ole boys who want to see the South rise again.

    Personally, I think they should just all turn their backs on Wilson every time he opens his mouth for a while and not worry about a letter.. A letter implies reading...

    September 15, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Garlaura

    South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson is lucky because if this was any other President, the Republicans and Democrats would be asking for his resignation.

    September 15, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Lisa in Shelton

    it is the republicans who wish to stall the real progress for health care reform, not the Dems; but if you misbehave when propriety is expected, don't expect your hardworking colleagues to let it slide. How sad that Boehner isn't leading the charge for chastising Wilson.

    September 15, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    Do we really want to continue the Jerry Springer free-for-all that has become the republican party?

    Boehner seems to think so . . . diversion? What planet does this man live on. The GOPers have done nothing BUT diversion since Jan 20, 2009.

    Now that it has come back to bite them in the butt, they enact talking point #2: finger point the opposition.

    This is what happens when your leader is a talk show shock jock.

    September 15, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. Wake Up

    Dems don't want debate issues. They call names, lie, distract. Dems do not want to defend their indefensible policies.

    What a joke of a president and congress

    September 15, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. Wake Up

    Why are all posts about race?? It's about big government, not race. Big government is bad for all people (that means all races).
    Quit buying the garbage the left-wing leaders are training you to believe. Big government keeps people down, but keeping low wages,and setting the bar low. Look at the public school system in by dems (lefties) for decades, it's in shambles!! They won't even let poor have vouchers to go to qualified schools.

    September 15, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    The Democrats are 4th and 99 with their 'health care reform', so the Wilson diversion is their only way to punt. I'm glad Boehner is calling this pathetic little tactic for what it is.

    September 15, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Joyce

    Yes, Joe Wilson apoligized to President Obama. He also needed to apologize to his fellow house members for his behavior. His actions cast a shadow on the reputation and dignity of the House.

    September 15, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. Linda.. WI

    Somebody should tell Boner-head that his shade of makeup is the wrong color and plastered on too thick.

    September 15, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Bones

    you know what's a diversion John, that terrible tan.

    Why is it so hard for some blowhard who's willing to yell on National Television to get up and apologize on the house floor like a respected member of congress? If he would just utter 2 words on the house floor, this would be over and done with. You petty, petty republicans are sinking this ship we call America. And you're taking all of us with you.

    September 15, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Proud Member..Party of No

    Joe Wilson for President.

    September 15, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. T'SAH from Virginia

    A 'Diversion" from what? How can you STOP talking about Health Care??? It's in the MEDIA all the time! BOEHNER – YOU LIE!!!

    If the REPUBLI-CAN'Ts don't want negative publicity, then stop contributing to negative publicity. Also, if you were so interested in the Health Care Reform bill in the first place – maybe WILSON and the rest of the PARTY OF NO would have been FAR BEYOND calling President Obama a LIAR!!!!

    September 15, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  21. Kahuna

    Joe Wilson should be subject to the most severe penalties the House can hand out. It was a planned partisian attack. Wilson and the GOP are the liars.

    September 15, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |

    When did the Republican party ever do anything to help solve America's problems? The truth: they hate the American way of life and everything they do is aimed at destroying it.

    September 15, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. REG in AZ

    Boehner is truly an idiot who is incapable of honest and bipartisan thought. Supporting Wilson's ignorant and disgusting out burst is literally ridiculous and indicative of their unconscionable irresponsibility. Bush-Cheney set the mark for total arrogance and the Republican Party just continues with 'more of the same'.

    September 15, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. DonnaLee

    Boehner is half right ... it is a "diversion" from an important issue that needs to be honestly and calmly discussed ... but it's the ain't-got-no-clue Rethuglicans who planned and executed the you lie "diversion" so they could subvert the needed discussion on health care ... The ain't-got-no-clue crew have done it over and over and again.

    September 15, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    I passed my own resolution today disapproving Congress. It will become binding on Election Day 2010.

    September 15, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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