House Minority Leader John Boehner took the stage at a small business in his Congressional district on Friday to once again deride the economic policies of the Democratic Congress and ask voters to give Republicans the chance to turn the economy around.
In what was billed as a campaign speech, the Ohio Republican urged voters to use the midterm elections to express their displeasure with the way Democrats — particularly Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — are running the country, and to vote them out of office.
“It starts with putting a new majority in charge of congress on November 2nd,” Boehner said.
Boehner, wearing a checked shirt and no tie on his home turf, told a friendly crowd gathered inside the Cincinnati headquarters of United Group Services the Republican “Pledge to America” would help turn around the ailing economy by implementing policies that would create jobs.
He then called on Pelosi to bring the House back in session to hold votes the GOP initiatives.
“Americans have been crystal clear about what they want: more jobs, less spending and a more open Congress that respects and abides by the Constitution,” he said. “If those things are going to happen, then we need a new majority in Congress that will stand up to President Barack Obama and insist that he start listening to the people.”
Democratic leadership aides rejected Boehner’s arguments and said the Republican policies would only worsen the country’s economic outlook.
“The last thing we can afford is Boehner’s partisan leadership, which would resurrect the same agenda that crippled the American economy, left millions of people out of work and sent American jobs overseas,” said Doug Thornell, a spokesman for Assistant to the Speaker Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).
One Democratic aide suggested Boehner might have trouble getting full support for the Pledge among his own Republican colleagues.
“Has he done a whip count on enacting the pledge?” the aide said. “It doesn’t seem to have the support of rank-and-file and candidates, let alone the public.”
The Minority Leader again took aim at Obama’s economic policies and called for the president to fire his economic advisers.
“The pink slips shouldn’t be going to workers in Ohio, they should be going to members of the president’s economic team,” Boehner said.
The speech, which was in the style of a pep rally, was a departure from the series of policy addresses Boehner has given over the past month.
At one point, Boehner briefly reprised part of the speech he gave during the health care debate in March. After asking those in attendance whether they had to “accept” that their “government was out of control,” Boehner responded, “Hell no you don’t!”