September 9th, 2010
09:14 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama may help lower Boehner's unknown factor

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, 55 percent of the public doesn’t know enough about House Minority Leader John Boehner to form an opinion."]Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama may put a dent into new numbers that indicate more than half of all Americans aren't familiar with the top Republican in the House.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday morning, 55 percent of the public doesn't know enough about House Minority Leader John Boehner to form an opinion.

But that high number may go down, thanks to Obama. A few hours after the release of the survey, the president mentioned Boehner's name eight times in a speech on the economy that he delivered in Ohio and was widely covered by the news media.

Boehner, who's been a very vocal critic of Obama, is expected to become speaker of the House if the GOP wins back control of the chamber in November's midterm elections. The Ohio Republican recently gave a high profile speech in his home state slamming White House economic policies.

Obama responded Wednesday, using one of his eight references to Boehner to say that "a few weeks ago, the Republican leader of the House came here to Cleveland and offered his party's answer to our economic challenges. Now, it would be one thing if he admitted his party's mistakes during the eight years they were in power, and was offering a credible new approach to solving our country's problems. but that's not what happened. there were no new policies from Mr. Boehner. There were no new ideas."

Boehner immediately lashed back at Obama, declaring in a written statement that if the president "is serious about finally focusing on jobs, a good start would be taking the advice of his recently departed budget director and freezing all tax rates, coupled with cutting federal spending to where it was before all the bailouts, government takeovers, and 'stimulus' spending sprees."

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Rob

    Who cares about an orange guy?

    September 9, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Dixon

    What is there to know about Boehner. Just another loud Republican with nothing to offer, but a big mouth and hate.

    September 9, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. WakeUpAmerica

    Maybe one day, Americans will realize that the demogogues are destroying this country for personal gain.

    September 9, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Diane

    The way Boehner has talked about President Obama since day one, you can't tell me 55% of the people doesn't know who he is. I bet 100% of republicans knows who he is! The man that would love to see Obama fail ratter then help the american people. Who doesn't know him. Still, a poller never call me!

    September 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Willa-PA

    Way to go Mr. President. Show him for what he and his party stand for and what will be our future under their leadership. They are not for the middle class and we would go back to what brought this country down.

    September 9, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Eric

    Obama is at his lowest poll numbers ever! Negative 24!

    Rasmussen shows today's poll numbers with Obama's lowest ever "strongly approve" numbers and his highest ever "strongly disapprove" numbers!



    September 9, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Dan, TX

    Good, because once people understand what a scary and dangerous person Boehner is, they'll think twice about making this Wall St. lapdog the speaker of the house.

    September 9, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Illinois 2

    this guy is not for the american people, he is a do it my way or else guy that has not helped the majority in this country with any kind of honest policy changes in all his time when the GOP was in the majority. If you believe things will change for the middle class, you and in a dream world.

    If the republicans gain control of both the senate and the congress the middle class will be turned back to post world war II. Vote your wallet , the rich do that every time and we know what they want, higher tax cuts and more deductions.

    September 9, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    The best thing to do with the "Tan" is to hold him up to the light, let people see who he really is.

    September 9, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Clwyd

    But Boehner isn't just an unknown he is a lower life form!

    September 9, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Michael

    John Boehner and Mitch McConnels:
    When will you ever say anything smart?
    You come across as completely stupid and ignorant

    September 9, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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