January 23rd, 2014
11:45 PM ET
9 years ago

Boehner on why he won't run for president

Updated 11:45 p.m. ET, 1/23/2014

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner laid out why he won't be running for president, telling "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno it just isn't worth what he'd have to give up.

"I like to play golf. I like to cut my own grass. I do drink red wine. I smoke cigarettes, and I'm not giving that up to be President of the United States," Boehner said Thursday.

Asked by Leno about the infighting in the Republican Party, Boehner hemmed and hawed but admitted it probably was the worst he's seen in his over two-decades in Washington.

"The funny thing about the so-called infighting, we agree on all the goals," he said, insisting the two factions of his party disagree on the tactics of achieving those common objectives.

Despite their starkly different political ideologies, Boehner said he and President Barack Obama have a good relationship.

And while Boehner may be the most powerful man in Congress, the House Speaker got second billing as he made his first ever appearance on the NBC show.

Promos for the broadcast highlighted actor Matt LeBlanc, best known for his character Joey from "Friends," before listing Boehner, the top ranking Republican in Congress.

This is Leno's second to last week as the Tonight Show host, wrapping up a two-decade long run.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: Jay Leno • John Boehner
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    Lame and lamer. And again Bonehead gets second billing.

    January 23, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Anton

    Boenher really...

    What a disgrace.

    January 23, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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