War of Words: Boehner, Biden Spar Over Economic Policies


Seventy-two percent of people polled said they were very worried about unemployment and 67 percent said they were very concerned about government spending, the Reuters/Ipsos poll found. Only 45 percent approved of the president's performance, according to the poll and his disapproval rating jumped to 52 percent. The president's approval rating was less than 50 percent in August.

Boehner vs. White House on Economy

Boehner, who hopes to become majority leader if Republicans gain back control in the House this November, spoke openly about his ambitions as Speaker of the House.

"I've said that if I were fortunate enough to be Speaker of the House, I would run the House differently," Boehner said. "And I don't just mean differently than the way Democrats are running it now. I mean differently than it's been run in the past under Democrats or Republicans. That means challenging the old ways in Washington, getting to the bottom of what drives people crazy, and then fixing it once and for all."

Amid a weak economy, uncertainty about job growth and a divided public opinion towards the two parties, both Republicans and Democrats face tough prospects in November's mid-term elections.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 46 percent of registered U.S. voters would likely vote for a Republican candidate, while 45 percent said they would vote for a Democrat.

Biden today confidently dismissed the idea that the GOP might regain majority in the House this fall.

"I tell you, they will not, they won't take control," the vice president said.

This is not the first time Boehner and the White House have sparred over economic issues. Most recently in June, Democrats and the White House seized on Boehner's comments to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the financial regulatory reform bill was akin to "killing an ant with a nuclear weapon."

Obama questioned whether Boehner was "out of touch" with Americans' economic situation.

"This is the same financial crisis that led to the loss of nearly eight million jobs; same crisis that cost people their homes, their life savings," the president said at an event in Racine, Wis. "He can't be that out of touch with the struggles of American families. And if he is, then he's got to come here to Racine and ask people what they think."

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