Boehner in West Palm Beach: ‘Republicans learned their lesson’ after 2006 defeatby George Bennett | October 11th, 2010
House Minority Leader John Boehner, in line to become speaker if Republicans regain control of the House in the Nov. 2 midterm elections, says the GOP today is different than the model rejected by voters in congressional elections only four years ago.
“I think Republicans learned their lesson. They understood that we were spending too much, government was growing too much,” Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said this morning at a campaign appearance for Republican House candidate Allen West at the Gun Club Cafe in unincorporated West Palm Beach.
Boehner added: “I think if you’ve watched what we’ve done over the last 22 months you’ll see that Republicans all voted against the stimulus bill, all voted against their budget, almost all voted against cap and trade, and we all voted against health care, which demonstrates that we understand that people want a smaller, less costly and more accountable federal government.”
About 50 people were on hand for the breakfast meet-and-greet. Boehner’s visit emphasizes the national stakes in congressional District 22, where West is trying to unseat two-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Klein. President Obama is raising money for Klein this afternoon at former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning’s house in Coral Gables.
Klein so far hasn’t mentioned his own record in TV ads, but has slammed West over his personal financial history, which includes an $11,081 tax lien paid off in 2006 and a court order to pay a $5,541 American Express bill.
Other Klein ads have criticized West over his fiery rhetoric, including one ad that shows a clip of West saying, “You must be well-informed and well-armed because this government that we have right now is a tyrannical government.”
Boehner said Klein’s strategy is being used by Democrats across the country this year.
“You’ve got incumbent Democrats who can’t talk about their record of voting for the stimulus bill or voting for cap-and-trade or voting for the health care bill, which cut $550 billion out of Medicare. So all they can do is go attack the Republican challenger,” Boehner said.
If Republicans win control of the House, Boehner said, “You’ll see us every single week move bills that will cut spending.”
Boehner promised a House bill to repeal the new health care law, but conceded repeal would likely be vetoed by President Obama. Still, Boehner said, “They’re going to need money from us to hire those 22,000 federal employees we think it’s going to take to run this monstrosity. And I’ll just tell you, they’re not going to get a dime from us.”
He added: “Our job is to do everything we can to keep it from being implemented, to keep it from moving ahead. And if we’re successful this will become the number one issue in the presidential election of 2012, when the American people can decide more directly.”
Boehner said he’s upbeat about Republican prospects on Nov. 2, but not ready to measure the drapes in the speaker’s office.
“I’ve never seen the American people more engaged in an election in my lifetime. And it doesn’t matter what coast I go to, big cities, small city, the American people want action and they want it now,” Boehner said.
“Our goal is to take the majority so we can renew our effort to drive for a smaller, less costly, more accountable government, to ensure freedom for the American people. We’ve got a shot. But we’ve got to win these elections one at a time.”
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