November 4th, 2010
07:32 PM ET
12 years ago

Top GOPer picks merlot over Slurpee

(CNN) - Likely House Speaker Rep. John Boehner thinks the president is in "denial" over the recent Republican take-over of the House.

"There seems to be some denial on the part of the president and other Democrat leaders of the message that was sent by the American people," Boehner told ABC's Diane Sawyer. "You would think that the other party would understand that the American people have clearly repudiated the policies that they put forward the last 2 years."

Boehner also provided a preview of the Republican agenda in the next session of Congress and specifically over "Obamacare."

"We're going to do everything we can to stop this bill from being implemented, to make sure it never happens," Boehner told Fox News' Bret Baier. "If we're successful this will become the number one issue in the presidential election of 2012.

He made his line on tax cuts clear, saying "I'm for extending all the tax cuts for all Americans," and would not elaborate on a possible compromise with Democrats.

Despite the president recently joking that he would serve Slurpees at a meeting with GOP leaders, a meeting the press has coined the "Slurpee summit," Boehner said, "How about a glass of merlot."

Filed under: John Boehner • Republicans
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" economics has only left a dribbling wet spot on working Americans's shoes!

    Do you mean how the American voter "refudiated" what became the party of NO in 2008?

    Expect the same kind of cooperation you gave Dems over the past 2 years.

    November 4, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. NameCgroll

    I thought they were going to create jobs. Won't doing everything they can to take down healthcare just make the next 2 years about healthcare. The plan is still no plan.

    November 4, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    one day and back to the usual shots:
    Reality check- Reid won- retians leadership roll and 1 vote: Pelosi won by 80% retiains seat -not title but still has 1 vote. And The House may now be controlled by Repubicans but wihtout the Senate and The President, they've got nothing.
    Whose in denial?

    November 4, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. Mickey, NY

    Now that the GOTP (Grand ‘Ole Tea Party) has won the House, unemployment is STILL at 10 percent…WHERE ARE THE JOBS YOU PROMISED, Mr. Boehner??

    November 4, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. I Support President Obama

    Same old party of no. I don't think they have the guts to try and repeal HCR.

    November 4, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. Kevin

    Boehner is an idiot. He talks like he owns the US Government. There is absolutely NO WAY they will be able to repeal Health Care. We're going to get exactly what we deserve and that is NOTHING will get done over the next 2 years. Then hopefully, even the tea-partiers will see. The GOP and the likes of Boehner, Gingrich, Huckabee, Palin, et al, do not care about anyone besides themselves, and their billionaire friends. Who really can be against Health Care for everyone? My question is, who gets to decide who DOES NOT get Health Care? Who gets to tell the parent of a sick/dying child, sorry, you have no coverage? I'm glad I have coverage, because this whole thing just MAKES ME SICK!

    November 4, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Brook

    Hurray! The American People fell for Republicans lies AGAIN! They won't stop until everyone is poor, sick, ignorant & pimped their grandchildren out to China. Welcome to the Zombie Apocalypse! Hurray!

    November 4, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  8. Haren

    Well how about you forgot about 2008 election and American people have clearly repudiated your policy and what you guy did Said BIG HAIL NO.

    November 4, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. Alaskan Sourdough

    How about working toward ending the division that's tearing our country apart rather than working on trying to destroy it?!?!?!

    November 4, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  10. hobart

    More Boehner/McConnell BS. The voters didn't repudiate what the Administration did do. They repudiated what the Administration did not do, lower unemployment. They came together over jobs, jobs, jobs. Healthcare reform was way in tha background. If Boehner/McConnell put all their energy into repealing healthcare reform and undoing everything else the Democrats passed, and do nothing proactive and positive to create jobs, they too will be repudiated in 2 years.

    November 4, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. J-NW

    Boehner is a complete tool (of the rich that is). He's in power because of a flood of misinformation and a voting public that doesn't know the truth (the righwing Supreme Court recently ruled that lying in political adds is legal.. go figure). Wake up America, you're absolutely under the thumb of the ruling aristocracy.

    November 4, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  12. S. In California

    Make NO mistake people this is ALL about race. It wasn't our president's policies the people rejected it is his ethnicity. Sad day for America. We took two steps forward and 10 steps backward. When will people learn to get over it? They can't stand to see our smart, good looking president and his beautiful wife living in the WH, taking trips and reering two adorable children. This doesn't happen in their world. This image is KILLING them and they can't take it anymore. I'm sure orange man and his filthy kind think they have bought this "boy" down a notch when in fact you can't bring anyone down without bringing yourself down to. Wake up America before it is too late.

    November 4, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. 4merRepubCT

    Boehner needs to check his math. Yes, the Repugs had a major win. Yes, the Repugs will take control of the House in January. However, the numbers simply do not justify Boehner's assertion that "the people" have repudiated the progressive agenda.

    November 4, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. Jacob

    i can't stand this guy already! there isn't a genuine bone in his body.

    November 4, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  15. David

    So much for a positive attitude of cooperation! It is surprising that the republicans would claim a mandate again. They had a good night. Although, they lost seats too. It just happens that the democrats had a lot more of them to lose. Many, many races that they won were neck and neck all over the place. Hardly a mandate.

    November 4, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Batter up, Republicans next, so stop kicking and stirring up dust in the bull pen. We expect a home run before you talk about Merlot, besides that's my choice of drink.

    November 4, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  17. WhatUTalkin'BoutWillis

    I agree, President Obama is in denial. If he's not careful...Democrats will suffer an even bigger blow in 2 years and then we will have enough votes and a Republican president to repeal ObamaCare. Obama is not showing that he is in touch with reality...we are seeing just how great of a leader he is. He's so great that the only chills felt by any news journalists are the chills that we feel in a horror flick.

    November 4, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. seam

    Can you imagine the backlash Obama would be receiving if he wanted to have a Merlot summit? People would call him elitist and question his choice of expensive wine in the midst of a down economy. All the whiners would be in full force. I can hear them now.........."tax payers shouldn't have to flip the bill for Merlot at a political summit" – the cry babies.

    November 4, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |