Boehner not picking sides in GOP primary
October 28th, 2011
01:29 PM ET
11 years ago

Boehner not picking sides in GOP primary

(CNN) - GOP presidential hopefuls looking for an endorsement from House Speaker John Boehner are out of luck.

The Ohio Republican told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on her radio show Friday he was waiting until his party chooses a nominee to get involved in the presidential race.

"No I don't see that happening," Boehner said when asked if he was planning to endorse. "I think we have a lot of good candidates, they are out there presenting their ideas. I think it's important to allow those who show up to vote in the Republican primary to choose the candidate of their choice."

When Ingraham asked Boehner if he thought the most conservative candidate should win the primary election, the speaker said he was leaving those kinds of decisions to GOP voters.

"I think I'll let Republican voters around the country choose who they think the best candidate is," Boehner said. "I'm focused on getting my House team re-elected. Whoever the nominee is, I'm going to be there to support them, and to move the country in a direction that we can our economy going again, and fix broken tax code, and fix our debt problem."

When confronted with polls showing Obama beating his Republican rivals in Boehner's home state of Ohio, Boehner said he wasn't concerned.

"Well see, the election is a year away, plenty of time to get our answer out there," Boehner said.

Filed under: 2012 • John Boehner
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. texan

    Anyone surprised ??????

    October 28, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. westward

    Boehner is a cancer on American process.

    October 28, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Malory Archer

    He's a chicken butt!

    October 28, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. GonzoinHouston

    Boehner's grip on the Speaker's gavel is so tenuous that he can't risk alienating anyone who has even a Bachman's chance of becoming president. He's so scared of the Tea Party it's pathetic.

    October 28, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Sandy

    "I think I'll let Republican voters around the country choose who they think the best candidate is," Boehner said.

    Isn't Boehner eligible to voter too?

    October 28, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. a in austin

    He'll be lucky to get re-elected. Time to leave....

    October 28, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. normajean @ verizon ,com

    This man is about as inept a human being as one would find anywhere, surprisingly as "speaker "!!!... When he isn't parroting someone elses thinking, he is crying. When he makes a speech you can almost hear Eric Cantor, always behind him , whispering the words to him.... If this is the best the Republicans can do they are in for a big surprise when 2012 comes around. As if they weren't having problems with their candidates, their speaker is a dud !!

    October 28, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    Why don't you ask him which liquor he endores? You might get a better answer.

    A welfare congress man is what he is. Living it up on the peoples dime while he does NOTHING for the people.

    October 28, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. MTATL67

    What a spineless chicken. No wonder his stewardship of the House as speaker has been such a huge failure. I don't care if you support the President, Democrats, Republicans or even that extremist group the Tea party. Grow a set and pick a side.

    October 28, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    Correction: I meant which liquor he endorses?

    October 28, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Bill

    With the collection of losers, buffoons and weirdos the GOP has put up for 2012, can you blame him?

    October 28, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Recovering Republican

    Boehner not picking sides in GOP primary is proof he is achicken shiz. Tough talk, but lacking any intention other than self preservation. Where does the GOP find these loosers???

    October 28, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. hondabear

    he's waiting for the teabaggers to make up their mind, then they will TELL him who to endorse.

    October 28, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. bipar08

    bohnr can't make decisions

    October 28, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. We Can't Wait 2012

    They're all on the "2012 Boot List". Buh Bye!!!

    October 28, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    You have to admit, that the king of class warfare, at this point, is reluctant to support anyone. He does not have a 'team' in the house, and a wrong choice for a candidate may force the teabaggers to vote him out as speaker.

    October 28, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Robert

    Oh, I dunno John-boy.. you seem pretty involved in the presidential race now: Blocking votes, bring mainly GOP resolutions to the floor, getting your party to agree not to take any form of increased revenue... all to make our current POTUS look like crap. Fact is, you've been involved since Jan. 23rd, 2010...

    October 28, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Aaron

    Who can blame Bohner? He's stuck dealing with that loon Cantor on a daily basis, then would be forced to pick one of the candidates from the GOP insane freak show of presidential candidates.

    October 28, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Victoria AvgAm54

    wow! I cant stand boehner but I gotta give him credit this time as it seems he realizes there is NO republican candidate to pick... they all suck ha ha ha ha

    October 28, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Patriot Awesome

    Ha. I wouldn't endorse anyone from that group of crazy clowns either.

    October 28, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. lioness777

    The Crying Speaker will not take sides because he knows no one in the line up is weak and useless.

    October 28, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Woman In California

    Correction: I meant which liquor he endorses?
    Oh, I see. I had thought you had initially meant to write "endures."

    October 28, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. vic , nashville ,tn

    Boehenr couldn’t pick any GOP candidate because they are not qualified for president

    Boehenr ,Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell dream is Obama one term president its falling part

    October 28, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. thomas

    Joseph Martin, Bruce Barton, and Hamilton Fish.


    Boehner, Cantor, and McConnell. Let the ridicule begin.

    Corporate owned Obstructionists !

    October 28, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    He needs to beef up the House work schedule, or face the wrath of the public. Taxpayers are sick of paying Congress persons to go on vacation!

    It is time to mount a nation wide election to place term limits on Congress, force them to actually work and earn their pay, by setting minimum work year standards, and to not permit them to raise their own salaries. The public should have to VOTE on whether they deserve an increase in salary!

    October 28, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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