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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soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. John

    "If I become Speaker of the House, we are going to run the House differently...

    Sounds like you are advocating for change, John Boehner.

    And haven't Republicans been ridiculing promises of change lately?

    February 26, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Fitz in Texas

    We're counting on you John Boehner so keep up the good work.

    February 26, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Robin in Tampa, FL

    After watching the health care summit yesterday, it became abundantly clear to me that Reid, McConnel, Boehner and Cantor need the boot. They are ones causing the partisan divide in Washington. I hope they get replaced with Durbin, Colburn, and Paul Ryan in the November elections

    February 26, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Voice Crying In the Wilderness

    And if I become President I will give every citizen a million dollars and they won't have to pay any taxes.
    Fellow Americans, when are we going to stop believng these professional politicians who have been in Congress forever and have done virtually nothing? Yes, they will say anything to get elected, but talk is cheap. Look at their record.

    February 26, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. C Tyler

    Yeah right, what has he done in the house? Answer NOOOOOOOOOO!

    February 26, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Slider

    The Republicans will win the next election and boot Dems out of power in the House.

    I just hope that whomever they choose to become speaker will at least take Paul Ryan's proposals regarding deficit reduction seriously.

    Mr. Boehner is on record as not supporting Ryan's ideas.

    Strike one, John.

    February 26, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Mamanomia

    Canada looks wonderful!

    February 26, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Ben in Texas

    Beano likes to imagine himself as Speaker of the House. (He may also like to imagine himself wearing pink taffeta, for all I know.)

    I like to imagine him unemployed.

    February 26, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Fred in SC

    You go Bone-run the Dumocraps back home and we can get some real leadership.Dumocraps 4 years and FAILURE."Change We Can Really Believe In"

    February 26, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    Yeah, just what we need, another corporate stooge with too much power. You think things are bad now? Just put the republicans back in charge and bend over for your corporate overlords. This nation is doomed. Seriously, enjoy the rapid decline of the United States of Amerika, Inc. while it lasts, consumerbots. Have a nice day!

    P.S. Ayn Rand was an idiot.

    February 26, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. Mike in MN

    We won't know if Boehner would follow through on his promises as Speaker unless he gets a chance. We do know Pelosi has not kept her's and is a lier. She lied in the summit yesterday when Boehner said the bill would pay for abortions. She responded, looking in Boehner's direction, and said that was not true and wanted to make sure the TV audience new that. Maybe she should take that up with many of the her Democrat members in the House who are upset that the Senate version and Obama's proposal funds abortins. I've seen any number of Democrats on TV who are on both sides of the issue who say it is a big problem within the Democrat ranks.

    February 26, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Jodi

    Wow... 72 hours to read the bill... I wonder will anyone actually use the 72 hours to READ the bills or will they use that time to find more bipartisan pork to add to it?

    February 26, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. Dan

    6 hours in a summit and Boner and company couldn't come up with one single new idea.

    The goverment is broken, and his party is the reason why. Don't think for a moment we all don't know it.

    February 26, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. Alan

    if he become speaker, one this is for sure...there will be a new tanning bed put in his office

    February 26, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. W Spivey

    John get a life. People like you are an embarassment to the whole political process.

    February 26, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. Lue Blackwell

    I figured that John Boehner would like to be speaker-it is obvious his disdain for Nancy Pelosi.......Boehner is not fit to be a dog catcher-let alone the speaker..I hope that his constituients will vote his butt out of office-he is too polarizing & arrogant!! Let him go back to his "tanning bed"!!!!!

    February 26, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. Alex

    "If I become speaker, I will continue to mis-inform and lie to the electorate and make really stupid assertions like, 'America has the best health care system in the world,' even while 45,000 Americans die each year because of our corrupt, Republican-supported health care system."

    February 26, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. terry,va.

    Boehner would be a much better speaker than Obummie. Can't wait to see him sitting with Obummie at the next state of the union.

    February 26, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. Louise

    I cant wait to see you as speaker....You should be there now!

    February 26, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. FEDFL

    Great ... now the Republicans are campaigning on "Hope!" and "Change!"?


    February 26, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Really???

    NO I can't imagine you as speaker of the House – it is too horrifying. You are the male version of Nancy Pelosi, Mr. SprayTan, and we don't need anymore fake idiots running our Congrssional bodies. Go meet Larry Craig in a bathroom and let the US get back to being a country again.

    February 26, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. Fed Up Independent

    He is a JUST SAY NO stooge

    February 26, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. mike

    if this idiot acts as the speaker of the house the way he did at the healthcare summit nothing will never get done he talks about
    nothing and complains about everything why didn't he open his
    big mouth when bush was in office because this panty waste was
    scared of the big dick the cheney

    February 26, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. billy123

    Please how can this guy become Speaker of the House of Rep. when all he votes is no and stays on the golf course to keep his tan.

    I believe the only way this guy becomes Spaeaker is in his dreams and our nightmares!

    February 26, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    OMG I for one hopes this day NEVER happens!

    February 26, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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