February 26th, 2010
10:05 AM ET
13 years ago

Boehner imagines being Speaker

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/26/art.boehner.youtube.jpg caption="John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid all answered questions posed by YouTube users Friday."]Washington (CNN) - In his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, House Minority Leader John Boehner asked the crowd to imagine what Congress would look like if he became Speaker of the House - a prospect that has become more likely as the political environment sours for Democrats.

A confident-sounding Boehner continued to float that possibility on Thursday after the bipartisan health care summit with President Obama in a post-meeting question and answer session with YouTube users. Video of his chat which was posted Friday morning.

"If I become Speaker of the House, we are going to run the House differently, different from the current majority and from past Republican ones," he promised, answering a question from a YouTube user who demanded that legislators read lengthy bills before voting on them.

"And if I become Speaker there will be a 72 hour reading period before any bill is brought to the floor," the Ohio Republican added, repeating a pledge he made at CPAC.

"We don't need these really big bills," he said. "We can keep these bills smaller, more targeted, so that people actually can read them and understand what they are voting on before they come to the floor."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also sat down for interviews with YouTube users after the health care summit.

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  1. Leslie Schwartz


    February 26, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Steph

    Keep on dreamin'

    February 26, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. SM

    Just few words for Boehner: If wishes were horses, everyone could ride!

    February 26, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Dave

    May god help us all if this clown becomes the speaker.
    In a perfect world, Pelosi and Reid would lose and the dems would hold on to the house and senate.

    February 26, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    What makes him think he will be re-eleceted?
    How can you folks continue to vote for these people who refuse to represent you? How can you vote for these two parties who have done nothing to your right for individual Liberty?
    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    February 26, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Chris in NY

    Keep imagining

    February 26, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Are you kidding, Boehner doesn't know The Constiution from The Bill of Rights and proof is when he held up a copy of The Bill of Rights while quoting from The Constiution. Only thing imagineable is Boehner going back to school to learn. LOL

    February 26, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. get real

    I agree with Mr. Boehner. All bills should be small enough to be written on a post it note. I have one to offer now....Single Payer.

    February 26, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Sadie

    More of the same old Blah Blah Blah......these republicans promise to do things differently.......but they won't do anything different than when Bush was in office.......they are a bunch of Liers........and this man is the Biggest one of all

    February 26, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Florida Joe

    Let's hope The Boner never becomes speaker...Let's hope the people of the 8th district in Ohio realize what a lightweight this guy is after his dismal performance yesterday

    February 26, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. christine

    First thing as speaker, tell Mcain the election is over- that Obama won.

    February 26, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Sensible Joe

    Boehner needs to stop fantasizing about being Speaker of the House and get down to doing some work for the common good of the American people. Just saying "No!" to everything isn't helping our country.

    February 26, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Big Ed

    What a worthless fool!

    February 26, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. Carl Justus

    Boehner will be no different than Tom DeLay or Dennis Hastert who not even bring a bill to the floor unless he had enough votes to pass it.

    He will further give the richest of Americans tax cuts while the debt continues to rise just like it did under Hastert and DeLay.

    Boehner is lying when he says he will be different, his methods will be the same as the republicans have been for a generation. BORROW AND SPEND, BORROW SOME MORE AND SPEND, AND GIVE TAX CUTS TO THE RICH.

    February 26, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. John D

    Well, we know it won't be Pelosi for much longer after that bull crap summit I saw yesterday. Can democrats and the entitlement crowd be any more out of touch with how they are destroying this country. Obozo did not go there to talk. He went there to promote what the People have already said no to.

    He thinks just because he put it on TV and talked with republicans it will all be okay. the peoiple will now want it! NOT! We are not going to be taken in by him. Yesterdays dog and pony show was a disgusting display of just how smug and arrogant Obama is.

    I am tired of playing and living by the rules just to support people who continually abuse the system and then look for handouts. Stop the madness! Stop the entitlements!

    February 26, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. skurfer

    You can't lead with your head up your posterior.

    February 26, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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