Top House Republican defends Boehner from Tea Party criticism
March 3rd, 2011
01:41 PM ET
11 years ago

Top House Republican defends Boehner from Tea Party criticism

Washington (CNN) - The number three House Republican defended Speaker John Boehner Thursday after a Tea Party group accused Boehner of not doing enough to cut spending and said he should be replaced.

California Republican Kevin McCarthy told CNN, "I think one – you should see what Speaker Boehner has done."

Tea Party Nation Founder Judson Phillips said Wednesday that Boehner "looks like a fool" in budget negotiations and needs to push for deeper spending cuts. Phillips told CNN if Boehner didn't get "serious on spending cuts" he would push to defeat Boehner in the next election by recruiting a primary challenger.

McCarthy argued that Boehner already got concessions from Democrats. "The President said he was going to freeze spending. He's already got the Democrats to agree that there had to be cuts. Look how far we're going to go. You haven't seen our budget yet."

Pressed about this Tea Party group insisting that the current GOP cuts weren't enough, McCarthy replied, "we're just starting. I understand the frustration that they are having. We have frustrations the same about where government was going. That's why we ran for office. That's why we fought so hard to get the majority, to get the gavel."

McCarthy noted that Republicans only control one chamber of Congress and just recently took control of the House, and he urged patience. "We didn't get in this place overnight and we're turning it around every step every day so I would say judge us as we go forward, but each step is a great improvement."

soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. fayse

    The weeper of the House will soon realize that the GOP/Tea Party will eat their own.

    March 3, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Joshua Ludd

    He came in saying JOBS JOBS JOBS... and then proceeded to do anything BUT work towards creating jobs.

    March 3, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. EBC

    John Boehner's TRUE COLORS are starting to show through. He's now where near qualified to be Majority Leader, he's a fumbling idiot who consistently contradicts himself!! Who does that? Nancy Pelosi was definitely MORE qualified that the ORANGE TIN MAN!!! Clearly Boehner should stick to the tanning salons and men's hair weave clubs, he couldn't lead my dog if I paid him.

    March 3, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. aldo laghi

    i think that Bohener represents the GOP that produced presidential candidates such as Bush 1 and 2 Bob Dole and John McCain.

    I think that he is a good man with good morals and good intentions but i think that he lacks the leadership characteristics, the drive and the vision necessary to pull the US out of the hole it is in.

    The hole we are in is not just a mess of finances, is also a mess of ethical values, of educational institutions, of legislative corruption, of judicial politicization to name a few.

    if George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and john Adams were here, now, may rather have to fight another war of independence than fixing this mess.

    i am sorry but Bohener is no George Washington.

    March 3, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. nate

    Serious about deficit ? raise revenue stream (Taxes) with spending cuts. If your not serious keep cutting both and watch the country stop functioning.

    March 3, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. gt

    thats a good thing ...boehner needs to be in the 60 / 40 range ... thats where america is ..not to far left like nancy was....

    March 3, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. anonymous

    How does it feel Mr. Boehner, to get kicked like your party has been doing to Obama since day one?

    March 3, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. fayse

    If the Government really wants to get serious about cutting the deficit they need to close 90% of those Military bases all over the World. Leave Iraq and Afganistan. Bring the soldiers home and build bases along our borders. Just think of the money that would bring into our communities instead of foreign countries. Tunisa and Egypt didn't need our help, they overturned their dictators with sticks and rocks. Lybia is a different story and those people may need our help.

    March 3, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. commonsense

    The whole Republican Party, Tea Party and some Democrats looks like fools too.

    March 3, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Why hasn't the Number Two House Republican defended John Boehner yet?

    Or is little Eric Cantor going to do to Big John what Boehner tried to do to Newt Gingrich way back when?

    March 3, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. JV

    I guess you didn't think they were all was a psychos when you were courting them, huh?

    This is too funny. I love it!!

    March 3, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Jay Kay, Minneapolis

    Boehner is a fool who knows all there is to know about the crying game.

    March 3, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. beowulf2

    Its not right for any one to call any one a fool.

    March 3, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. streetsmart

    Why was voting the party(with Dubya of course) that caused the financial meltdown of our economy during 2000-2008 back into the majority in the House 2010 the smart thing to do again?

    March 3, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    The Tea Party vs Boehner, a.k.a. Idiot vs Idiot.

    March 3, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Bob Dog

    Can there be any more delightful and wholesome entertainment, than to see one cheap, self-serving, phony, hypocritical republican cutting down another one in public?

    This is absolutely fabulous. Hopefully they will continue to focus their attention on destroying the other one, and the enjoyment will last a very, very long time.

    March 3, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. kayla

    and you all will be out again soon.

    March 3, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. TEA Bagger

    did boehner cut congressional salaries and their taxpayer-paid healthcare benefits? we want government waste CUT CUT CUT boehner! starting with your salary and healthcare! why should you be paid to do nothing!? why should the taxpayers pay for your healthcare?! these phony conservatives (boehner, mccarthy, and cantor) need to be shown the door.

    March 3, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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