Reactions to Boehner Resignation (Video)
Speaker John A. Boehner announced Friday he’ll resign from Congress at the end of October. Here’s a roundup of reaction from across Washington.
“John Boehner is a good man.” — President Barack Obama “It takes profound humility to step down from a position of power, and John’s depth of character is unmatched.” — Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
“It’s not about him or anyone else, and I’m not here to bash anyone, but it is time to turn the page.” — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (Read more about Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz’s statements on leadership at from the Values Voters summit. )
“Speaker Boehner has served honorably during a difficult time for Republicans.” — Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.
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“He’s always put the institution ahead of himself. And I think at this time it’s hard to do find people that do that, that tap down on their personal ambition.” — Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa.
“The honor of John Boehner this morning stands in sharp contrast to the self-serving idiocy of those in our party who seek to continually divide us. ” — Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla.
“”I never expected the pope would have this much power.” — Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y.
“What better way to go out as speaker than in the aftermath of the visit by the pope.” — Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark.
“Even a very conservative speaker like John Boehner is unable to control the extreme right-wing … of Republicans in the House.” — Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt.
“This was an act of pure selflessness.” — Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis.
“After Speaker Boehner fulfilled his dream of the pope speaking, he is just plain tired of dealing with the right wing extremists.” — Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.
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