(Note: Bloggers hold a conference call with John Boehner from Ohio's 8th. Boehner was first elected in 1990 and currently serves as House Majority Leader.)
Congressman Boehner: Let me just start by saying thank you for inviting me to talk with all of you today; I appreciate your time and willingness to from me about my plans for House Republicans. I think in the wake of last week’s defeat the Republicans have engaged in, and I think much needed, dialogue about our party and its future. I think it’s a healthy exercise, one from which Republicans will emerge stronger. I’m pleased with both Mike Pence and Joe Barton who have joined me in this race for Republican leader. Mike is a great guy, a rock solid conservative who has shown his commitment to conservative principles and to our party, and I’m happy to see Joe Barton enter the race as well. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a good sign that we’re basically all on the same page with brining our party back to the basics. In my letter when I announced my candidacy for Republican leader, I talked about my experiences in the early nineties. Instead of being content with staying in the minority, we set out to change things in a big way, whether it was helping to expose the House bank scandal, the House restaurant scandal, or the House post office scandal. In 1994 my involvement in developing the visions that led to The Contract of America, which has been a central theme of this race and my race for majority leader back in January. One of the secrets of the Contract’s success is that we recognized the things that unite Republicans across the spectrum, tax cuts, spending tax payers’ dollars wisely, ethics and accountability, or reforming government are also strongly supported by the American people.