(AP) Boehner says Obama ‘checked out’ last Labor Day
By LAURIE KELLMAN
House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that President Barack Obama “checked out” last Labor Day and has been running for reelection, rather than governing, ever since.
Boehner’s tough talk came a day after he and his Senate counterpart, Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, endorsed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and signaled to the GOP that the time had come to unite behind the former Massachusetts governor. But Boehner suggested Wednesday that any party unity remains fragile less than seven months before the Nov. 6 presidential and congressional elections.
Did he have any advice for Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul, who are still in the GOP presidential race?
Moving on has been the party’s theme ever since Romney’s primary rival, former Sen. Rick Santorum, formally ended his long-shot bid last week. Santorum since has declined several opportunities to endorse Romney and rally conservatives to the presumptive nominee’s campaign. In a telephone call with supporters on Monday, Santorum said he’ll make that decision in the next two weeks.
Republicans on Capitol Hill, meanwhile, were readying their message for a general election that all sides believe will turn on the economic recovery.
Boehner, who will chair the Republican National Convention in late August, complained that Obama’s White House issues veto threats without discussion on such matters as the Keystone XL pipeline and small business tax cuts. The House is voting on both this week in efforts, majority Republicans say, to kindle job creation.
A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.