Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he believes the primary goal of President Obamaâ€™s second term is to â€œannihilate the Republican Party.â€
â€œGiven what we heard yesterday about the presidentâ€™s vision for his second term, itâ€™s pretty clear to me that he knows he canâ€™t do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans,â€ Boehner said in a speech Tuesday to The Ripon Society. â€œSo weâ€™re expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party.
â€œAnd let me just tell you, I do believe that is their goal â€” to just shove us into the dustbin of history.â€
Boehnerâ€™s remarks referred to Obamaâ€™s inaugural address. Republicans were hopeful the president would use that speech to lay the groundwork for a partnership over the next four years, but he instead made it a rallying cry for an active federal government â€” including on such politically charged issues as climate change, gun control, gay marriage and immigration.
The Republican leader ripped the president for not taking the countryâ€™s deficits seriously, and said the failure of the “fiscal cliff” talks last year reflected the president’s refusal to face facts on the budget.
â€œIn our meetings before Christmas, the president was so tired of me talking about when we were going to deal with an entitlement crisis that he looked at me and said: â€˜Boehner, we donâ€™t have a spending problem. We have a healthcare problem.â€™ It gives you some idea of the challenge that weâ€™re facing,â€ Boehner said.
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