Americans hate "losers," and won't vote for one, House Speaker John Boehner insisted today. That means Mitt Romney, whose wealth makes him a "winner," has a good shot at becoming president, Boehner explained on CNN's State of the Union. Americans "don't want to vote for someone that hasn't been successful," Boehner said. "I think Mitt Romney has an opportunity to show the American people that they, too, can succeed." As for Boehner's nasty comments lately about President Obama losing his courage and picking "fake fights" with "straw men," he says it's a case of tough love. "The president is getting some bad advice," Boehner said. "Somebody needed to help him out, so I thought I would."
In other Sunday talk show news, as per Politico:
Boehner on the GOP's plan to extend student loan interest rates: "This problem was created by a Democratic Congress in 2007. Democrats and Republicans have been working on this for months to figure out a way to resolve the problem."
Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan on drone attacks: "When we're doing this, we are doing it in full consent and cooperation with our partners internationally. ... In Yemen in particular, these groups, and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in particular, are determined to kill Americans."
Robert Gibbs on Osama bin Laden's killing: "Just a few years ago, President Obama—then a candidate—said in a speech that if we had actionable intelligence of a high-value target in Pakistan, we’d go in and get that high value target. Mitt Romney said that was foolish. ... President Obama believes that a President Romney," under the same conditions, "wouldn’t take that shot.”
Romney advisor Ed Gillespie on bin Laden's killing: Obama "took something that was a unifying event for all Americans—an event that Gov. Romney congratulated him and the military and the intelligence analysts in our government for completing the mission in terms of killing Osama bin Laden—and he’s managed to turn it into a divisive partisan political attack.” (Read more Mitt Romney stories.)