September 26th, 2010
11:23 AM ET
12 years ago

Boehner: 'I believe I have the support of my colleagues'

Washington (CNN) - Republican Minority Leader John Boehner expressed confidence Sunday he would become House speaker if conservatives prevail in November.

"I believe I have the support of my colleagues, current and future," Boehner told FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace.

If elected, he would likely preside over an unwieldy group of moderate, conservative and Tea Party Republicans.

Boehner has recently become the target of high-level attacks from Democrats, including President Obama. Some believe the minority leader, who has been criticized for his ties with lobbyists, will not be popular with many Republicans once he becomes more widely known.

Boehner told Wallace a Republican takeover of Congress would mean no more "business as usual in Washington, DC."

But he would not go into specifics about how his party would balance the budget or handle pricey entitlement programs like Social Security or Medicare.

"When you start down that path, you just invite all kinds of problems," Boehner said.

"Let's not get to the potential solutions," Boehner said about the deficit. "Let's make sure Americans understand how big the problem is. Then we can begin to talk about possible solutions."

His counterpart, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), said "clearly the deficit is a terrific problem that we've got to face" but called a set of new Republican initiatives unveiled Thursday "more spin than substance."

Hoyer also said Democrats were likely to reconvene after the November elections to vote on extending tax cuts, even if Republicans have gained a majority in the House.

He defended the probability of a lame duck session and told Wallace "I don't think we're going to make any decisions against the will of the American public."

"I think it is absolutely correct and under both parties' leadership we have done that," Hoyer said. "Members of Congress are elected for 24 months. Not for 21 months, not for 22 months. For 24 months. And they will continue their responsibility until the end of their term."

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  1. Peace

    Oh gosh! where is the country set to be heading to if he happens to be the Speaker! From the wrong track to the worst track, I reckon.

    September 26, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. D0 not reply to this

    I stated it once, now, I will say it again...Yes. Boehner wants smaller government...just HIM and his "colleagues". NO one else. They want to be KINGS! SORRY! This is America NOT Britain! If you want to rule, go there!

    September 26, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Anna

    Oh !! the Mission Bush never completed will now be completed and that is :
    Bankrupt America
    Blood for oil on the streets and may be 3rd world war.
    Middle class total wipe off, no more poverty in America, only RICH !!
    Black will be converted to slaves again
    And Much More....

    September 26, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. sam

    GOP pledeges are exired medicine in a new bottle which won`t work . can any one tell me how much money has been wasted in iraq & afghanitan war by bush admistration? where this money coming from??

    September 26, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |

    If Boehner does become the Speaker of the House, I think that I will seriously think about giving up my American Citizenship!
    He is a very self-centered individual who doesn't have a clue about turning the mess that his Party created araound.

    September 26, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Kim

    The real face of Terrorist , 9-11 Planner , Oil lover & sucker, BP friend, Rich lover, War monger and much more......

    September 26, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. bill

    mr boner and the republicans are blocking any good idea that the dems want to do ,
    and i didn't spell boner wrong

    September 26, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Is this guy for real? He expects Americans to vote for someone who states "let's not talk about solutions yet" and "Americans need to understand how big this problem is". My message to bohner; Americans are well aware on how big the problem is, who got us here and are far more intelligent to put someone from the Republican party back in office who is afraid to tell the middle class what his plan is. we know bohner, we know. don't insult our intelligence.

    September 26, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Tripp

    Please, God, no.

    September 26, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. zachdmw

    "Boehner told Wallace a Republican takeover of Congress would mean no more "business as usual in Washington, DC." This coming from a man who passed out checks from the Tobacco industry while on the floor of Congress and said "I don't beleive this violates any rules" What has America come to? They should be put up against a wall and shot.

    September 26, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. America Lover

    New face of Bush to Bankrupt America & bring Slavery back

    September 26, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Jeffery

    How about waiting for someone to NOMINATE you, instead of proclaiming yourself as Speaker. This nazi is dangerous.

    September 26, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. TonyC

    if the american voter thinks that by giving congress back to the republicans,that this financial mess will be over with,then they are SADLY MISTAKEN by all the propaganda that republicans are spewing!!!!

    September 26, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. TonyC

    what a SAD day it would be to go backwards and vote these idiots and their fearmongering lies back in power!!!

    September 26, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. dbrad32

    Is this the Dailey Kos or a legite news organization? Look at you lemings following each other off the cliff Obama created with lies and empty promises... My health insurance just went up 15%, is that the change you all were hoping for. Stop taking handouts and being protected from the dinosour unions, get educated create dont take!!!

    September 26, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    John Boehner has been a consistent and clear voice of reason in government, especially against the backdrop of Democrats foaming at the mouth for 18 months while spending our country into the dirt with no thing but lousy results.

    September 26, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. dbrad32

    Oh and PS the financial melt down started 7 years ago... Who had control of both houses? Let see was it the green party, NO! Was it the libertarians, NO! WAS IT THE REPUBLICANS, NOOOOO!!!! Was it the DEmocrates, YES!!!!! Do you all forget that the US has something called check and balances??? You give Busg to much credit, he wasn't that powerful of a president and frankley not that smart... HE DID NOT create the securites market collapse, Democratic leadership in the houses crafted it and suckered the genious Bush into their plan to let "poor" and worthless idiots own a home – hence the subprime burst....

    September 26, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |

    Just remember that when you cast your vote in Nov that these are the same people that voted down the SENIOR CITIZEN COLA for two years; however they all voted themselves a raise. oh yea they will be senior citizens some day, perhaps they also can live on "our fixed income" We senior's arent fools–vote them out.

    September 26, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. (Judge) John R. Stewart

    I am not to confident that the heir apparent to be speaker is very bright. I often wonder if many members of both the House or Senate are the best and brighest. Judge John R. Stewart

    September 26, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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