Boehner on Trust of Obama: 'Absolutely'
There are just some pretty big divides to bridge, says speaker
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2013 9:04 AM CDT
In this March 13, 2013 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner gestures as he speaks to reporters, on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – Harry Reid might inspire John Boehner to some colorful language, but that's not the case with the speaker's relationship with President Obama, he tells ABC this morning, saying that he "absolutely" trusts the president. "The president and I, as I have made very clear, have a very good relationship," he said. "We're open with each other. We're honest with each other. But we're trying to bridge some big differences." But before things got too touchy-feely, Boehner said Obama needs to get on board with balancing the budget over the next decade, saying that if he doesn't, "not sure we're gonna get very far." Other highlights, as per Politico:

  • On gay marriage, in light of Rob Portman's about-face: "Rob's a great friend and a long-time ally. And I appreciate that he's decided to change his views on this. Listen, I believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. It's what I grew up with. It's what I believe. It's what my church teaches me. And I can't imagine that position would ever change."
  • On the GOP getting its message across: "There's nothing wrong with the principles of our party. But Republicans have not done as an effective job as we should in terms of talking about our principles in terms that average people can appreciate. Why balancing the budget, as an example, would be good for American families. We've gotta do a better job of helping people understand what our principles are in terms that they deal with every day."

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Mar 18, 2013 4:16 AM CDT
The Rep's say no new taxes and cut federal spending, the Dem's have said close tax loop-holes and raise some taxes along with more federal spending. The Dem's have also said they want to increase the deficit by another 4.6 trillion over the next ten years for a total deficit of about 21.2 trillion by 2023. The President has stated the debt is substainable for the next ten years. So who do I trust? I trust all of them about as far as I could throw them.
Mar 17, 2013 9:42 PM CDT
I hope Obama doesnt feel the same way about Boner, if so, he is in for a big surprise.
Mar 17, 2013 4:48 PM CDT
Currently...Repubs say pay down the national debt. We are on a unsustainable path due to spending. We have a spending problem. Dems. say oh no don't pay down the national debt now in a time of austerity. We have to put more stimulus into the economy to boost employment first. Then more jobs will take care of the debt, Flashback to around 2001 Repubs say (Cheney) deficits don't matter. The debt will be taken care of itself. Dems say we have to get spending under control. No more wars off the books First time we are a nation at war and we don't raise tax but cut them. Bottom line...It's all a game to keep the party in power from spending on their priorities until they can get in power.