April 29th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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Boehner explains jabs at Obama as 'help'

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday described his amped-up rhetoric toward President Barack Obama in recent days as advice.

"The president is getting … some bad advice," Boehner said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Somebody needed to help him out, so I thought I would."

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In the past week the top Republican accused Obama of losing courage and decreasing the standing of the presidency.

Boehner reiterated the opinions to CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday, saying Obama is "diminishing the presidency by picking fake fights, going after straw men every day."

The Ohio Republican said political gimmicks recently employed by the White House include support for the so-called Buffett Rule, a plan to apply a minimum tax rate of 30% on higher income earners; the president's rhetoric surrounding manipulation of the oil markets; and the debate over the extension of low student loan rates.

Looking to the 2012 election, he made the case for Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, by pointing to his success in business and pushed back against the suggestion that Romney's privilege would be an obstacle in the November election.

"The American people don't want to vote for a loser. They don't want to vote for someone that hasn't been successful," Boehner said. "I think Mitt Romney has an opportunity to show the American people that they too can succeed."

Boehner also indicated he is optimistic Republicans will hold onto the majority in the House.

He recently said Democrats have a "one in three chance" of regaining control of the lower chamber, after previously saying it was "nearly impossible."

But Boehner said nothing has changed.

"Listen, if the election were held today, I'm very optimistic that we will hold onto the majority," Boehner said. "But my job is to make sure that even under the worst-case scenario, we're able to hold onto our majority."

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soundoff (292 Responses)
  1. DrPete

    I guess Boehner has run out of actual substance in his arguments.

    April 29, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. hamsta

    republicans dont want the country to fail,they want obama to fail at destroying the country.unemployment was never this high under bush.obama has tripled welfare spending.bush never bragged that he wanted energy prices to skyrocket.it took a hurricane to shut down the oil industry for the price of gas to be this high under bush and that was just a month not an entire 4 year term.

    April 29, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. Denise

    Does anyone seriously listen to Boehner any more? I mean, could he be less important to the landscape of politics at present? Can he get any facts straight? I just find his thoughts unimportant and his leadership frustrating. November elections will show us all a lot!

    April 29, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. Ron

    And he said this without crying? This guy is a joke. His party blocks Obama and the democrats at every turn, then complain when the light is shown on them. Looks like the tea party is wagging him once again.

    April 29, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. Dan

    I am not pro Boehner, but all you people saying the Republicans have done nothing since 2010 are overly simplistic. They have passed a budget or at least put a budget to vote in the House every year. The Democratic controlled Senate has not taken a vote on a budget (not even the Presidents) since they took control in 2008!! That is the most basic responsibility of Congress!!! Whether you like the GOP's budget or not atleast they did something, the Dem's have done absolutely nothing except grow the gov't and do nothing to control WASTEFUL spending.

    April 29, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. Liz the First

    If that's help, i'd hate to hear dissing from this loser. i guess since the rethugs have nothing to run on, they've sunk to pathetic name-calling. now they're badmouthing him for being cool and popular! isn't a president supposed to be popular??? Obama relates to the average person because he is one. he wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth, didn't get rich putting people out of work. he's not a ken doll with moving parts like his opponent. what are they going to attack him with next, that he's a good father???

    April 29, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. 4F

    Boner is much better at bawling than any sort of logical rhetoric.

    April 29, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  8. DanW

    "The American people don't want to vote for a loser. They don't want to vote for someone that hasn't been successful," Boehner said. Agreed, that's why more people voted for Gore in 2004.

    April 29, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. Rhea

    "pathetic". Boehner loves that word.

    April 29, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Tyler Durden

    "THe American people don't want to vote for a loser." Then why would they vote for someone that repeatedly failed to get the Republican nomination, someone that drove numerous companies into bankruptcy, someone that polls show is inherently unlikable...? We have to keep in mind they have to say SOMETHING. If this is their best... well...

    April 29, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  11. PTBarnumboy

    John, John, John, I told you not to stay in the tanning booth so long because it causes brain damage.

    April 29, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  12. Richard Miller

    Help? How about just doing your job instead of being a terrorist in Congress.

    April 29, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. Conrack

    Boehner could help by working with members of both parties to come up with a jobs bill, but of course that will never happen because the GOP puts party before country. They will have plenty of time after Election Day to figure out that American voters are not as stupid as the GOP believes they are.

    April 29, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  14. Benjamin

    Boehner is undoubtedly the worst House Speaker this nation has known. He's succumbed to the Tea Party after they threatened to remove their support, and now he's shares the same conservative fanaticism. The GOP have basically lost their dignity and self respect.

    April 29, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. tcaros

    The President doesn't need any help from you nor any of those republican nincompoops in congress.

    April 29, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  16. Get Real

    @Carly- "everything Obama tried to accomplish" like totally destroy the country. Thank God someone is trying to stop this anti-American Constitution hater.

    April 29, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. Helena Troy

    Why is Boehner speaking for the House Republicans? I thought Grover Norquist was their leader...

    April 29, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  18. normajean @ verizon ,com

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR.B BUT YOUR KIND OF HELP WE DON'T NEED!!!!!! [[{YOU'VE HELPED US ENOUGH ALREADY]]]] THE TRUTH IS you and your party have already helped us more than you ever dreamed of by just being so arrogant,nasty,uncooperative,greedy,insufferable,and totally useless to a country and president that needed you to be the second of a two party system of government!!!!! Sorry.....TOO little and TOO late!!!!! You'll hear from us in November......Bye now!!!!

    April 29, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  19. CatHerder

    This coming from the guy who is committed to seeing the President fail???? He should be tried for treason.

    April 29, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  20. xav8ter

    Boehner shines!!! we don't
    want to slip on that Banana again and elect that big Elephant eared Bozo!!!

    April 29, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. Essie

    Well Boehner...I can't wait til you pass the gavel to SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE....Nancy Pelosi!!! That will only tell the whole truth about who FAILED...YOU, Boehner!!

    April 29, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  22. mary

    You know what I want for Xmas? For John Boehner and his band of baggers to lose in November......I need a break from this man. Honestly.....he can open up a tanning business and give us (this country) a break from his HOT AIR. He should be LEADING the House of Representative by passing laws to provide needed jobs. How does he spend his time.......tanning, smoking, spewing hot air, blaming the president for everything. You should give back your paycheck to the treasury..........because you sure are NOT earning IT.

    April 29, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  23. ohreally

    The Tea Party elected a businessman to run the state here in Florida and that has turned out to be a huge mistake, so think long and hard about Mitt for President.

    April 29, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  24. Namegreta518

    Hello...the man was DRUNK when he shot off about the President. We have an alcoholic third in line to the presidency – is anyone concerned about thi? It's disgraceful!

    April 29, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  25. Gop

    Hey Mark we were better off under Bush. It was the democrats that caused this to happen. the sad thing is you on the left just do not care to know the truth because the lies your party tells you is so much better.

    April 29, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
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