Boehner 'Not Surprised' if Biden Takes Clinton's Spot

Ex-speaker also disses Bernie, Elizabeth Warren, and Ted Cruz
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2016 8:42 AM CDT
Boehner 'Not Surprised' if Biden Takes Clinton's Spot
In this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo, then-House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

For a retired speaker of the House, John Boehner has had a lot to say lately. Over the past couple of weeks, he's likened Ted Cruz to Lucifer and bragged about the House GOP's victory against ObamaCare, and now he's moved on to his next target: Hillary Clinton. Speaking Thursday at the SALT investment conference in Las Vegas, Boehner touched on the FBI's probe into Clinton's private email server and made mention of a possible alternative for the Democrats if Clinton has to drop out of the presidential race, the Hill reports. "Boehner says he 'would not be surprised at all' if Clinton 'has to withdraw' and [Joe] Biden 'parachutes in,'" tweeted CNN correspondent Phil Mattingly, whose Twitter timeline was filled with plenty of other juicy Boehner quotes from the SALT speech.

Boehner was on a rip-roaring roll, dissing Bernie Sanders ("he's an old curmudgeon"), Elizabeth Warren ("I don't need a nightmare while I'm awake"), and, naturally, Ted Cruz ("Thank God the guy from Texas didn't win"). He also begrudgingly threw his support behind Donald Trump, noting Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee "whether people like [it] or not," even though he conceded he doesn't agree with Trump on much policy-wise. "Anybody who doesn't think Donald Trump can win, just watch," he warned, shortly after he took a long, awkward pause when asked why current Speaker Paul Ryan would want Trump as the nominee. But despite his loquaciousness, Boehner is still glad he's out of the fray. "Every day I read the news, I'm [reminded] of how happy I am that I'm not in the chaos," he said. (More Hillary Clinton 2016 stories.)

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