Breaking News

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 3:31pm

Boehner says presidential campaigns 'get off message'

Boehner says presidential campaigns 'get off message'

POSTED: Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 4:24pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 21, 2012 - 1:07pm

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House Speaker John Boehner acknowledged Thursday that presidential campaigns get "off message," but sidestepped questions about GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's controversial comments that have put congressional Republicans in the awkward position of defending their nominee.

"Everybody is going to try to make this election about everything other than what it is. The American people are asking the question, where are the jobs? And so the focus is on jobs," Boehner insisted at a news conference.

Romney's remarks, leaked on a video from a May fund-raiser in Florida, showed the Republican candidate dismissing 47% of Americans "who are dependent on government" and will vote for President Barack Obama "no matter what."

Instead of answering questions about those comments, Boehner repeatedly pivoted back to the issue he has been pounding on for months -- jobs.

The Ohio Republican said Romney has a plan to get people back to work and cited his own personal experience, noting two of his brothers and two of his brothers-in-law have recently lost their jobs in the economic downturn.

And Boehner signaled he was pushing for his party to zero-in the on the economy.

"You're going to have candidates -- both campaigns, on both sides -- say things that get off the message. The message is: Let's stay focused on jobs because that's what the American people want us to stay focused on."

The speaker also criticized recent talk among political pundits questioning Romney's chances, dismissing it as "political hand-wringing by these Washington insiders."

Boehner emphasized that he believed in a Gallup poll that showed Romney within a point of Obama and said, "this race is far from over."

In a nod to the battle that remains until the November election, Boehner quipped: "I'm looking forward to the next 46 days. I just hope I survive."

Comments News Comments

Well, you know, if big-foot-in-mouth willard would just stop saying such stupid and incdendiary garbage...but wait...that is all he can say to those mega-wealthy donors and mega-dumb teavangelical repubs, so I guess there is no way for this slick-haired elitist to get back on point, is there!

John Boehner says Obama engaged in a spending binge that rang up a $16-trillion debt
If you include all growth in the national debt under the Obama administration, it’s roughly $5.4 trillion, not $16 trillion. The administration inherited a national debt of more than $10 trillion when it came into office. But Boehner’s claim saddles the administration with responsibility for all of the $16 trillion. Statement is False

Obama says Romney talks tough on China but puts his money there
The Romney campaign confirms this statement. In particular, news reports show as recently as this year, Romney had money invested in funds that owned shares in two Chinese firms.
We rate the statement Mostly True.

Mitt Romney says “redistribution” has “never been a characteristic of America”
Reasonable people can disagree about the wisdom of it, but redistribution has been a basic principle of the U.S. tax system and many federal programs, including some such as veterans benefits that have long attracted support from Republicans. Pants on Fire!

House Speaker John Boehner has had a one word message from the begining of his term as Speaker and that message is and has been "NO" TO EVERYTHING GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA BECAUSE HE AND THE GOP 'S PLAN TO TRY AND MAKE PRESIDENT OBAMA A ONE TERM PRESIDENT.

Post new Comment