Boehner Reelected Speaker as WH Looks to Replace Geithner

Current Speaker of the House narrowly edges out Nancy Pelosi to secure top spot in Congress.
1:43 | 01/04/13

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washington now and a close call for house speaker john boehner. He got re-elected yesterday. But not before some warning shots from his own party. After the close vote, boehner was emotional. You've come here to see your name up in the lights or to pass off a political victory as some accomplishment, you've come to the wrong place. The door's right behind you. And with that, let's bring in abc's jonathan karl. Jon, there was unusual tension on the house floor when they were counting those votes. Reporter: There really was, george. I was in the chamber. I can tell you, even as they started casting ballots, boehner's own team did not know if they had the votes to win an outright majority. In the end, he lost 12 republicans. That may not sound like a lot. But it would take just 17 to keep him from getting re-elected speaker. So, he emerges as a weakened speaker. Less able to make compromises with the president. As one republican put it, he was like a cemetery superintendent. He has a lot of people under him. But nobody listening. That's going to be tough for him as he faces the debt limit confrontation with the president at the end of february. And the president learning yesterday he's going to face that without his treasury secretary, tim geithner. We knew he was going to leave. But now, he's saying he's going to leave right after the inaugural and not be around for that confrontation. Reporter: That's right. Not a surprise he's going. But he was going to follow through the fiscal cliff debate. That's only part-over. The debt limit fight's a big one. He'll have a new treasury secretary. It will almost certainly be jack lew, his current chief of staff. A shuffling of chairs. But this is the last of the economic team left in the white Jon karl, thank you very much. Looking forward to you joining r powerhouse roundtable on "this week" this sunday. Senate republican leader, mitch McCONNELL. Now, to the growing backlash over the movie "zero dark

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