(CNN) - The new House speaker's tear ducts have been a national topic of conversation recently, but on Sunday John Boehner said it's a sign he's open with his emotions.
"We have big challenges in America, and I feel very strongly about addressing them. So, I get emotional," Boehner said on "Fox News Sunday." But he added, "I'm not going to apologize for being emotionally attached to the things I feel most strongly about in this town."
When asked about critics who think the crying makes him look weak, Boehner said he's just "one of the most transparent people in this town. And yes, I wear my emotions on my sleeve."
But don't expect the Ohio Republican to quit smoking.
"It's a bad habit, but I have it. And it's a legal product," Boehner said. "I choose to smoke. Leave me alone."