'This Week' Transcript: Newt Gingrich, John Boehner

TAPPER: Last question, sir. Amidst many of President Obama's allies suggesting that food stamp president is using racial code, President Obama is suggesting that charge is, quote, "tapping into our worst instincts." How do you respond, sir?

GINGRICH: Well, for -- for a president who runs around the country attacking people and who runs around the country being divisive to describe worst instincts is to describe a large part of his own presidency. I described something which is factually true. His failed economic policies have forced more Americans to apply for food stamps than any president in history.

I worked twice, once with a Democrat, Bill Clinton, once with a Republican, Ronald Reagan. In those two cycles, 27 million jobs were created. I would like to campaign this fall as a paycheck president, offering the American people a program to create jobs.

He killed jobs as recently as last week with the Keystone pipeline decision. I think he doesn't want to defend his record of killing jobs. He doesn't want to defend his record of putting people on food stamps. But paychecks versus food stamps is a totally legitimate choice to offer the American people and one which I am determined to make a major part of the fall campaign.

TAPPER: Speaker Gingrich, thank you so much for your time, and good luck on Tuesday.

GINGRICH: Thank you. Thank you.


TAPPER: From the former speaker of the House to the current speaker of the House, we're joined now by House Speaker John Boehner. Thanks so much for joining us.

BOEHNER: Good to be here.

TAPPER: So I want to get to presidential politics in a second, but let's start with the State of the Union address. President Obama spoke this week. And you said that his message is, quote, "running on the politics of division and envy," and to you, it's almost un-American. What do you mean by that?

BOEHNER: Well, the president double down on the same failed policies that have not worked. As a matter of fact, they have made the economy worse, higher taxes, more spending, more regulation.

And what I'm talking about here is the politics of dividing America, the politics of envy. This is not the America way. And, you know, if the president won't work with us to help create jobs, I'm sure the American people will elect someone who will.

TAPPER: Let's talk about what can possibly be achieved in this very bitterly divided environment. Here's Vice President Biden talking to George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America" just a few days ago.


STEPHANOPOULOS: What's the one bill President Obama must have on his desk, must sign into law this year, and how will he work with Congress to get it done?

BIDEN: The extension of the middle-class tax cut, single most urgent thing to do, no excuse, should be done now, should be done immediately.


TAPPER: Can you commit to that legislation? And will it be a clean bill?

BOEHNER: Well, I don't know exactly what he's referring to, but extending the payroll tax credit that the president has called for, the House has already passed the -- the year-long extension. We are in a formal conference with the Senate. And I'm confident that we'll be able to resolve this fairly quickly.

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