February 26th, 2010
10:05 AM ET
12 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. How To Tell A Dem Is Lying-Lips Are Moving

    The job will be open for someone-America has had it with Pelosi & Reid.

    February 26, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. stevegee

    How about John Boehner for President?

    He's a true patriot who knows what America's all about: freedom and liberty.

    February 26, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Total BS

    What happens to the people in the GOP that can't read.Will you read it to them ? You are such a joke Boehner !! That why there should be a mandatory retirement age.62 years of age and out for all parties.That way we don't have to see you clowns screw this country up anymore than you already have.Move on in your life rich boy !!

    February 26, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Publius13

    If Boehner becomes speaker he will impose a 72-hour tanning bed requirement on all representatives.

    February 26, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Four and The Door

    I look forward to a House of Representatives with John Boehner as Speaker. He is intelligent, reasonable, motivational and most of all dedicated to the good of America, not special interests. All will be improvements from Speaker Pelosi. Let's make it happen.

    February 26, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Rob Selby

    This guy is a true political scumbag. And, you right-wing loons already destroyed everything between 2000-2008. Haven't you done enough damage? Boehner, go crawl back under your rock, you cockroach.

    February 26, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Moderate

    Talk about arrogance?

    Hey, I wonder if he will be happy with the complete disrespect from members of the house, including name calling, lieing, obstruction, yelling, fear mongering and other tatics he used will in the minority.

    I wonder if he will think, "Why are you people so rude"? "Why can't we get anything done"? "why won't you Democrates stop obstructing"?

    Remember where you came from John, you sowed this field and you will reap it

    February 26, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Libertarian

    OMG! Please don't ever let this happen. This man epitomizes partisan politics. He NEEDS to be in charge and would rule with an iron fist. You think the Dems have tried to push things through....this guy knows nothing about team work. All he knows is what policies HE wants to force upon the American people.

    but wait....maybe he will force a mandatory tanning law. That might be good for everyone.

    February 26, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Beverly in SC (not the moron in NC)

    Step up,good choice,Pelosi/Reid must go with the party of NO NO jobs NO plan NO accountability NO hope NO change smoke/spin & lies

    February 26, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Dixie

    Mr. Negative majority leader?

    February 26, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. BeverlyNC

    The orange and do-nothing Boehner will NEVER be Speaker. He will soon find himself "speaker" at his own house in Ohio.

    No one has been more obstructionist, told more lies, spent less time working for the People (he spent more time on the golf course than in his office this past year – $83,000 in green fees at DC golf courses), and been more partisan than Boehner.

    He needs to removed from office. He is NOT serving the People, He is more concerned about his orange tan and his toupe than passing legislation to help working Americans.

    Come on Ohio – bring your idiot home for good – he is NOT working for you or anybody else except himself. He is a joke.

    February 26, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. John

    Pigs will fly too...

    February 26, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Gerry

    John, What makes you think you will survive your next re-election bid.We aren't just upset with the Dems, we want you all out, and new blood in. You all have been there too long and done nothing to help our great nation. The only way to make change, is in the voting booth. You are an arrogant piece of work, only you don't work!

    February 26, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. jp,michigan

    Hang in there John! I hope you keep your promises to the American people, because Obama surely has not. Obama forgets he is EMPLOYED by the American people, not the Democratic Party.

    February 26, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. tidho

    He'd be a good speaker. Plus government is at its best when there is balance – like Clinton and a Republican Congress.

    February 26, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. The Reality Check's in the Mail

    "And I'll also require each Caucasian member of the House to tan often and belong to a country club. These are my promises to America."

    February 26, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. Brenda

    Don't count your chickens sun tan boy.

    February 26, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. ART

    I don't think any clan member should be given such a position

    February 26, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Gary

    I'm sure the man would be a good Speaker of the House, rallying the Party of No and having his $200 bi-weekly haircuts shown on national TV. I do wonder Boehner will have Rush Limbaugh on retainer as a consultant as to what he should say in public. What will become of the hey-boy Steele?

    February 26, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Debby

    Please get Pelosi out of there. She is such a ditz.

    February 26, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Rob

    Boehner is scary. His tactics and rhetoric are 100% obstruction, not openness and honesty. The whole Republican representation was scripted in saying "Start Over", with a "blank sheet", lets take "small steps". It was strategic obstruction. If they wanted input...honest input, they would have made an impact. If they negotiated a couple issues, and asked for tort reform with honest intentions of voting, they had leverage. Not saying that Reid is great by any means, but Boehner, McConnell and Cantor scare me.

    February 26, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Bob of Lompoc

    Whose going to read the bill to him?

    February 26, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Kevin in Ohio

    I cannot wait....it will be so refreshing to see Nancy Pelosi on the back bench.

    February 26, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Angie in PA

    Imagine him being speaker that my friends is a nightmare once again all this man cares about is politicts did you see how he lied his a– off at the summit with a straight face how can truly smart rational people support this trash?

    February 26, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. GOP

    Good,then we could get something done.4 years of Pelosi and 4 years of failure.Take Reid also,he needs to go.

    February 26, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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