House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) refused to commit to serving another full term in Congress if he is reelected in the fall and retains his position as Speaker.
Speaking to The Texas Tribune‘s Evan Smith at a San Antonio luncheon sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Boehner was asked about “talk on the street” that he would “entertain winning reelection this November and not serving out a full term the next time.” Smith asked Boehner to “disabuse” some of the cynicism among the press.
“I fully expect to be Speaker,” Boehner replied.
Smith then asked, “Do you fully expect to serve out your full term, Mr. Speaker?”
“I can’t predict what’s going to happen. I’m going to be 65-years-old in November,” Boehner replied. “I never thought I’d live to be 60. So I’m living on borrowed time.”
Breitbart News has reported on a condo Boehner purchased in Florida. That purchase, combined with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and other conservative representatives jostling behind the scenes to potentially replace Boehner as Speaker, fueled retirement rumors.
On Monday, Boehner’s press secretary left “Boehnerworld” to accept a position with a health insurance lobbying group.