November 1st, 2010
11:20 AM ET
10 years ago

Boehner targets Obama on election eve

(CNN) – John Boehner, the House Republican leader, will take sharp aim at President Obama in a speech Monday night a day before the Ohio Republican will find out if he is likely to be the next House Speaker.

During an election-eve rally in his hometown of Cincinnati, Boehner will hit the president for his recent comments during a Univision radio interview in which he appeared to characterize those who disagree with Democratic policies as "enemies."

"Ladies and gentlemen, we have a president in the White House who referred to Americans who disagree with him as 'our enemies,'" Boehner will say, according to prepared remarks. "Think about that. He actually used that word."

"Mr. President, there's a word for people who have the audacity to speak up in defense of freedom, the Constitution, and the values of limited government that made our country great," Boehner will also say. "We don't call them 'enemies.' We call them patriots."

The comments from Obama came during the week-old interview during which he said, "If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, 'We're gonna punish our enemies, and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us' – if they don't see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election – then I think it's going to be harder. And that's why I think it's so important that people focus on voting on November 2nd."

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  1. thomas

    With a leader such as John Boehner , goodbye progress !

    November 1, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. vic nashville tn

    His comments only for 2days after that he has to face same critics

    November 1, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Voice of Reason

    Is that the Tea party bus in the picture behind him? It might as well be. Yay astroturf.

    November 1, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. bobden

    Maybe John Bonehead should learn to read. Then maybe he wouldn't be so upset about what he thinks the President said.

    As H.L. Menken once said, "The American voters know what they want, and deserve to get it, good and hard."

    November 1, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    Of course, Mr. President, if somebody disagrees with you, he is your enemy. That's right.
    Have you ever considered growing up?

    November 1, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Beverly - NYC

    If the thought of having Mr. No You Can't as Speaker doesn't get out Democrats, nothing will.

    November 1, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. GoBamaMan

    Obstructing the government from doing its job is NOT PATRIOTIC. Supporting big business who outsource our jobs is NOT PATRIOTIC. Supporting BP environmental disasters is NOT PATRIOTIC. Sacrificing our young men and women to control Iraqi oil is NOT PATRIOTIC. Repugs who literally want to sell out their mothers' Social Security and Medicare are NOT PATRIOTIC. WE MUST STOP THE BOEHNER/McCONNELL/PALIN BS OR FALL.

    November 1, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Peter E

    Does Boehner have a serious case of alzheimers? Has he not been listening to his own party for the past decade that characterized everyone who disagreed with them as Hitler, Stalin, terrorists, and traitors? Has he not been watching Fox News or seen any of the Tea Parties that are filled with nothing but hate speeches against all who don't subscribe to their fearmongering and xenophobia?

    November 1, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. effelbee

    Does this guy realize that the first "enemies list" was created by Dick Nixon? It is a very common term in politics now, but Boehner is hoping that his followers are too stupid to know that!

    November 1, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. William Jefferson

    boner is among the sleaziest political operatives the nation has ever produced. He is so far in the pocket of Wall Street and special interests it is a matter he can ever get the lint out of his orange nose. He is a man most people would not buy a car from, let alone entrust with running the house of Representatives. Yet here we are – about to have the worst of the worst in the history of the congress poised to take over. If ever there is a case for voteing Democrat his smirking orangey oompa loompa pork barrell spending flushed face is it.

    November 1, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. sharon

    Please, please.......keep making those type of statements....................boehner......... use your name each and every time, please.

    NEWS PRINT KEEPS FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. forwardgal

    This from probably one of the most despicable human beings on the planet! Wow...what a winner he is. So full of himself, it defies the imagination. Just what does this say about Ohioans who continue to keep him in his seat? Well, I won't print that here. This guy is unbelievable touting that the main cause for the next 2 years is to unseat Obama confirms for me and millions of others that he is never serious about making the country better. Rather, he is a spoiler and trouble-maker out to destroy it. It makes me want to vomit.

    November 1, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Boehner is a kook. Go ahead and vote for this jerk so he can sell-out the nation and outsource more jobs to Commie China and India

    November 1, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Eric in Manhattan

    Notice how in the past few weeks Boehner has made it a point not to look like an undertaker's model? However, no matter how casual he tries to make himself appear he doesn't fool those who can see past his mean-spirited deceptions and conceit.

    November 1, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Jacob

    that's right, Mr. Boehner, I AM your enemy! but not for the reasons you lay are vile! and after this midterm, you will actually be forced to participate!

    November 1, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Pat

    Exactly what scare tactics are Republicans using? The only scare tactics I see are coming from the left. Social Secuirty, Medicare, class warfare ect... It's the same liberal playbook year after year and people are sick of it.

    If you are talking about Republicans "scaring" American citizens because of Terrorism or Illegal Immigration. Take a look at the news. Another bomb plot over the weekend and more death and destuction on our border states. That's not a partisian issue, it is a serous problem that we need to deal with. Dems have been in control of congress for four years and the presidency for two. Please tell me what they have done other than spend trillions of dollars on worthless govt. programs and began the inevitable destuction of private health insurance as we know it. Soon our employers will drop coverage and we will all be forced into the bankrupt govt. program. Only then will the "rich" be able to afford quality healthcare because supplemental health care will pop up like in Europt because the govt. run healthcare is so poor. These are all facts, not scare tactics!

    November 1, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Dave

    Last time I checked, the GOP has been using this tactic against anyone who disagees with them. It seemes that they can dish it out very well, but they can't take it. Then again, it's been that way with the GOP for as long as anyone can remember.

    November 1, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Expat American

    The GOP never changes its Keep It Simple for the Red State Dollar Store Banjo and Moonshine crowd.

    'Yer either With Us or Against Us.....Freedom...2004 Values....Freedom.....Restoring Honor...Freedom...Tarurr (terror)..."

    November 1, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Wes B.

    I didn't realize Obama was running for any office this year. Seems like an unnecessary shot...or maybe just pandering–you make the call.

    Anyway, I can't wait for Speaker Boehner to fix all of our country's problems with his fresh ideas he'll bring to the table. Oh wait, he's been in the house for the past two decades...and he's promised to do the SAME THING the GOP has ALWAYS done. Those are HIS WORDS. He's not bringing anything new to the table at all. He's admitted it himself.

    I'm glad the GOP will gain some congressional control. Now that they have a say in it, we can once again see how lame their ideas really are.

    November 1, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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