Obama: Boehner 'can't control his caucus'
October 15th, 2013
07:32 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama: Boehner 'can't control his caucus'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama says negotiations to end the partial government shutdown and extend the nation's debt limit have been made tougher because House Speaker John Boehner "can't control his caucus."

In an interview Tuesday with CNN affiliate WABC-TV, the President said "him negotiating with me isn't necessarily good for the extreme faction in his caucus. It weakens him, so there have been repeated situations where we have agreements. Then he goes back and it turns out that he can't control his caucus."

Obama made his comments hours before Boehner and his top lieutenants canceled a vote on their plan to end the political impasse as they struggled to find the necessary support with conservative pushback continuing, CNN's Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh reported.

House Republicans initially proposed their plan and then amended it, stripping two key provisions aimed at Obamacare. The haggling continued, however, throughout the day and into the night.

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, told CNN's "The Situation Room" that he would have voted against the measure had it come up.

"There no structural reform. There's no cost savings," he said. "It's just, kick the can down the road another six weeks or two months."

With the deadline to raise the nation's debt ceiling on Thursday, the President also called for House Republicans to "do what's right" by reopening government and ensuring the United States can pay its bills, telling WABC that "we don't have a lot of time" to avoid a possible default.

–CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Tom Cohen contributed to this report.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Hooper

    Hopefully next election will take care of his problem.

    October 15, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. the hippies were right

    You idiots need to kick the dam can down the road, for the sake of the innocent affected by your games. Then take two months to try to come up with better lies.

    October 15, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. d gearhart

    Lets not forget who's [supposed to be] the leader, here, Mr Obama. This is all on your watch and stems from your lack of concern about anything but your own agenda and your constant refusal to interact and lead this nation. Of approx. 150 million voters, only about 54 million voted for you. The other 96 million of us should also have a president.

    October 15, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    How is waiting for the clueless to come up with a plan ever a good idea? We can't reasonably expect the Republicans to come up with anything when their only position since the election was to say "No". If that was all the American people want, trained parrots could have done a better job.

    BRING the clean CR to a vote!!

    October 15, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. d gearhart

    Of the 150 million votres in the US, only about 54 million voted for this president. The othe 96 million should have a president as well. when does the leadership [without party bias] begin in the White House?

    October 15, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. Darlene

    Impeach Obama and stop; check to the congress and senate so they can feel the effect.


    October 15, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. Bud

    If ocare is funded, we will need a lower credit rating to stop a hemorrhage of money for nothing but throwing down the govt hole. HHS budget will no less than triple – just for administration costs. I Dems don't bring down spending we need the protection of a lower credit rating. There is a reason for lower ratings and we have met that goal already

    October 15, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. heartbroken

    Hang in there Republicans.......Barack Husain Obama in the worst president I have ever seen in my 76 years. We need to kick him down the road, instead of the can.

    October 15, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. Thomas

    House Speaker John Boehner "can't control his caucus.

    This isn't news , we've known the Speaker is not in control after he told Harry Reid he had a deal , then the next day flip flopped on the deal.

    Boehner , put a clean spending bill on the floor for a vote , you have the votes !

    October 15, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. Lisa P.

    House Speaker John Boehner "can't control his caucus."

    Too true. There's no point in negotiating with Boehner because he can't deliver anything that he agrees to. As a Speaker he's useless.

    October 15, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  11. Hector Slagg

    Lat time i checked this is a democracy. You don't dictate to the congress. They vote according to what is right or used to.

    October 15, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. Mike Texoma

    Well, there you have it. This is not about government spending. This is not about the national debt. This is about privatizing the federal government, spinning off governmental functions to private enterprise, in the pursuit of profit. No wonder the Koch Brothers are such avid Tea Partiers. They would do this by in the way of Grover Norquist, by "starving the beast" of tax revenue. They would do this by forcing the government to default on its debt. They would do this by crippling budget cuts and, per Paul Ryan, staving off a fiscal balance for thirty years. These people cannot win a national election. Yet here they are trying to dictate quantum changes in American governance on the basis of procedural rules.

    October 15, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. Boggles The Mind

    Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, told CNN's "The Situation Room" that he would have voted against the measure had it come up.
    "There no structural reform. There's no cost savings," he said. "It's just, kick the can down the road another six weeks or two months."
    I'm sorry but the whole idea was to get government open again so that these negotiations for a budget could begin. Doesn't this idiot read the memo's or has he been asleep during conference..?! I'm not a Republican but I feel sorry for Boehner who is in charge of a caucus that cannot even grasp the reality of the situation that they have put this country in. WAKE UP!!!!!

    October 15, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  14. Gary

    Maybe if Bohener takes one for the team. Americans. He knows his political career is pretty much done. With the President, all the Dem's and 2/3rds of the Republicans maybe they can stomp out this takeover by the tea party

    October 15, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  15. jerrylax

    hey obama, how about leading in lieu of fanning the fire....you are no longer a community organizer or second rate lawyer lecturer...act like it!

    October 15, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. Crystal

    Well, if you wanted substantive changes, the house should have gone to conference when the senate was ready to go to conference. You do not procrastinate.

    October 15, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. Bubba

    Boehner is toast, made crispy brown by his own party. The GOP are backstabbing Patriots.

    October 15, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. S. B. Stein

    It seems that Boehner can't control his caucus. They are controlling him. He can't do anything without their support. He needs to do what is best for the country and risk the speakership.

    October 15, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  19. ED1

    And you on the other hand continues to hold the middle class to slaughter and divide this Country with your lies about how great Obamacare is if it's so great why doesn't Congress and your branch of Government have it. I will tell you why it sucks and would cost you to much money like it does the rest of us.

    October 15, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  20. M Gonzales

    My 11 year old asked whats going on and I had to explain it as Imagine we are making 29k a year but are spending 39k a year and have to borrow 10k a year and pay interest on that. So far we have borrowed around 170k and I want to borrow another 10k a year. Well mommy and daddy are fighting, one wants to cut something from the 10k we over spend a year and the other one says no lets keep borrowing. Well one of them says fine I wont pay any bills or get another card untill you agree to cut the cable or something, and the other one screams you'll ruin us all if you dont let me spend 39k a year ..but we owe 170k a year and round and round we go.

    October 16, 2013 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  21. Jack

    The President is right on all levels. Boehner's doesn't have support of his caucus. You negotiate under threat!

    Boehner best bet is submit the bill to the floor of the house. Any executive order and the group of radical (tea party terrorist) will start impeachment procedurings!

    I listened Sean Hannity try and spin that the President was to blame last night, Oh, what a croak! It was the most sicking disgusting piece of mudracking journalism that I have heard or seen in 66 years! DISGUSTING!

    October 16, 2013 07:32 am at 7:32 am |