June 30th, 2010
09:28 AM ET
11 years ago

Dems push hard on Boehner comments


Dems are pressing Boehner over his recent interview. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

(CNN) – Democrats are apparently doing everything they can to ensure Rep. John Boehner's recent comments to a conservative-leaning paper in Pittsburgh aren't soon forgotten.

The Democratic National Committee is out with a web video Wednesday taking aim at the portion of the interview in which the House minority leader blasts the Obama-backed financial reform bill, saying of the measure, "This is killing an ant with a nuclear weapon."

The comments came in an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, published Tuesday.

"Congressman Boehner, this is a bunch of ants," the video's narrator says before fading to news coverage of the 2008 financial crisis. "Congressman Boehner, any questions?"

Boehner's comments couldn't come at a better time for Democrats, who are on the eve of passing the financial reform bill with little-to-none GOP support and are eager to portray Republicans as out of step with main street America.

"It's the clearest expression yet from the Republicans of what they believe – that the system in place for regulating Wall Street works fine and is in need of minor reforms – if any at all," a Democratic official said. "You can bet Boehner's comments will be heavily featured in DNC ads this fall."

But Boehner spokesman Michael Steel says the Ohio Republican was merely criticizing the Democrat's financial reform measure, not minimizing the economic crisis.

"Boehner was certainly not minimizing the crisis America faced – he was pointing out that Washington Democrats have produced a bill that will actually kill more jobs and make the situation worse," Steel said.

After a grueling 20-hour session, lawmakers early last Friday finished melding the House and Senate bills, bringing Congress closer to passing the most sweeping changes to the financial system since the New Deal. Despite promises of an open negotiating process, many of the toughest deals were reached in private conversations among Democrats, as well as White House and Treasury officials, outside the Senate meeting room session that was being broadcast on C-SPAN.

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  1. Get A Grip

    So so hard for the Democrats to handle the truth.

    June 30, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Larry

    Boehner is a freak and too stupid to know he's sealing his own doom.

    His relationship with lobbyists in Washington is getting much needed attention in Ohio.

    June 30, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. Don

    America. Take a good look at their IDEAS. Now that they are exposed the choice should be really clear. Tell your friends and make sure they get excited and vote. This is not your normal mid term election.

    June 30, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Ron

    Let's see. Republicans want to throw people who are using unemployment benefits to hang on their homes out in the street; that will help the economy. They think American Taxpayers should cover the cost of the BP oil spill; that will help the economy. They think the President should give back the $20 billion dollars he received from BP to cover economic losts of those impacted by the BP oil spill; that will help the economy too. All we have to do is stop unemployment benefits for those who lost their livelyhoods in the gulf (once we give back the 20B); that will save losts of money!!!

    Are you fellas on the gulf sure you really want to be republicans??? I'm sure they would appreciate your vote this fall - to help throw you out in the street too! Funny how all that "they ain't trying to get a job stuff" comes back to haunt you....

    June 30, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. AEK

    These criticisms from John Boehner that the financial reform bill may "kill more jobs" is hilarious coming from the party the instituted policies to reward their big business friends for shipping jobs overseas. They do not get it, never will get it, because it is not in their best interest to alienate their special interest groups.

    June 30, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. RAG

    Congressman Boner is a moral toilet.

    June 30, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. LB

    This Boehner guy should be out on the streets. How can anybody think of him as a Leader? Do real people actually continue to re-elect this guy or is his group a bunch of computer generated images. Better yet has anybody checked out his past history and how he got where he is at today? You might have a few surprises IF you did...

    June 30, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. JDD

    "It's the clearest expression yet from the Republicans of what they believe – that the system in place for regulating Wall Street works fine and is in need of minor reforms – if any at all," a Democratic official said.

    Spin at its finest.

    This is a continuing trend for the past few years – if your opponent disagrees with your plan, paint him as disagreeing with any plan.

    By this same reasoning, if anyone disagrees with the new healthcare law, they must disagree with _any_ heathcare law.

    "Un-named Democratic official", over 60% of the country disagrees with the new heathcare law. And a whole lot of us don't think this Administration's handling the economy so well either.

    June 30, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. Ben in Texas

    Repugnants have been reduced to saying ever more stupid things, since they haven't a leg to stand on politically. They can't possibly defend the Bush years, so they harken back to some mythical golden age, conveniently forgetting that all the progressive reforms that have made this country marginally better over the years were reforms put forward by Democrats and vigorously opposed by Repugnants.

    Repugnant politicians are in a mess. They can't defend ideas, since they have none. They can't defend their indefensible record of tax cuts for the rich, massive deficit spending, deregulation, and consequent fiscal collapse. So, they fall back on the plan that never seems to fail them: lying and fear mongering.

    June 30, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. David in Houston

    I don't know why everyone is giving Boehner such a hard time! After all, someone has to look out for all the billionaires out there!


    June 30, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. Wanda

    I think this idiot has gotten too much sun - his brain is cooked - you can tell that he knows nothing about the oil industry -
    this guy lives in a tanning bubble - when will American get it????

    June 30, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. haren

    In interview he also says that let us have 'Pause' for oil drilling in gulf of mexico before Moratorium.
    Can some body explain me what is the difference between 'Pause' and 'Moratorium'
    I think he is out right against anything this president do.

    June 30, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Right Leaning Independent

    Does anyone really see these stupid web videos??? Dems are turning really nasty as they realize their power grip is fading really fast! I look forward to Repubs gaining enough seats to completely obstruct this liberal Dem agenda we have been dealing with!!

    June 30, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. snow

    Republicans are talking about fixing this economy caused by demorats and nobummer who have quadrupled the debt and deficit in just 18 months. It is going to take some real hard times to fix this mess and all the demorats want to do is tax and spend. Europe has told nobummer his economic plans are stupid and those same ways of taxing and spending put Greece where it is now. nobummer is totally ignorant of economics 101 or else he wants to destroy this countries economy.

    June 30, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. Tom in Wheaton

    Who are the people who elected John Boehner? Do they think he's helping anything? I don't understand.

    June 30, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. Dale

    Quit saying Dems. This is liberals and they "Will" bankrupt America. It's already on it's way. I fell sorry for our youth. Fed is taking away their futures.

    June 30, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. Dale

    Liberals are liars and manipulators. Soon something has got to happen to take this country back from these people that hate America.

    June 30, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. sammieb51

    The GOP - led by Rush and Glenn - has rewritten history and forgotten what really happened. We can look forward to many more Boehner and Beck tearful moments. Although we all would have suffered greatly had NOTHING been done to alleviate the financial crisis the U.S. and World faced, maybe had it happened, the GOP as we knew and know it would have collapsed on itself. Instead leadership saw fit to learn from Hoover who did nothing and Roosevelt who sought out financial reform for Wall Street.

    June 30, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. Kenneth

    I am officially sick and tired of political whining, self serving individuals, and holier than though "elected" representatives! Too many issues facing OUR country to continue bickering and waiting for the "opposing" party to make a mistake or miss-speak. Get over yourselves and do the work that WE elected you to do! Work together or step down. Your petty bickering only diminishes what little respect that remains for our government. Term limits should be implemented.

    June 30, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    Boehner's comments are rarely worth publication.

    June 30, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. GL

    GOBP why do they hate America?

    June 30, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    The whole "it will kill jobs" angle is a bit stale, which is keeping in line with the state of the bumbling, out-of-touch GOP. That is not a be-all and end-all that justifies opposition to a bill. IF Big Oil loses jobs over a more stringent regulatory policy that helps the common good, the "killing jobs" mantra holds little merit. If protecting us against a Wall Street collapse kills some jobs, so be it. The average American is already quite familiar with lost jobs, but how would Boner understand that? Hey Boner, how many spending bills did you endorse between 2000 and 2006 while you and Congress were borrowing and spending us into a hole in the pre-Great Recession years? Hey Boner, didn't you endorse massive tax cuts for the wealthy and giving Bush the green light to turn the spending spigot loose in that little adventure in Iraq?

    June 30, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. Four and The Door

    Democrats have produced a bill that will actually kill more jobs and make the situation worse...
    Yeah, but what he fails to acknowledge are all of the government jobs this Democrat designed financial 'reform' will create in order to maintain the increased bureacracy. Of course, those jobs don't really help the American economy, but what's more important, a few well paying government jobs or the economy? ( ...the economy, actually )

    June 30, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. GL

    But Boehner spokesman Michael Steel says the Ohio Republican was merely criticizing the Democrat's financial reform measure, not minimizing the economic crisis.


    I was wonder when the GOBP was going to send out thier black token to make his stupid comments he usally do. Michael Steel the black token have spoken.

    June 30, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. Paul

    What else could you expect from the party of NO. The party of those who are out of touch with the middle class. Their failed policies have affected everyone both rich and poor. And they dare to continue their commitment to Wall Steet.
    Aren't they suppossed to represent the interests of their constituents and those of society as a whole. We cannot afford going back to the Bush and pals era.
    Things are way better today than they were during to the Bush-Cheney Administration. if we truly think and are honest about it we don't hear anymore on these days that thousands of citizens are being fired on a single day. Job losses are the result of the GOP conservatives and Wall Street. Yet they now pretend to be the saviors of our economy when in reality they wanna protect their greed and their Wlla Street friends.

    June 30, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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