Boehner Takes On Scarborough: I’m No Bar-Hopper

Jul 1, 2010 1:15pm

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe reports: House Minority Leader John Boehner today denied claims by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough that he was “not a hard worker” and “by five or six o’clock at night, you can see him at bars.”  “I’ve always believed you only tease the ones you love,” Boehner said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. “You can go back over the last 16 years and look at my schedule and you’ll see you’d be hard-pressed to find a night when I wasn’t doing events for my colleagues and candidates.” As he did yesterday, the Ohio Republican defended his controversial comments comparing the Wall Street reform bill to “killing an ant with a nuclear weapon.” “I was not referencing the financial crisis at all,” he reiterated. “I was referring to what it would take to fix the problem.” “This is not the kind of financial reform that most Americans want,” he continued. “We’re going to punish every banker in the country to solve and pay for the sins of a handful on Wall Street. This is not going to help the financial sector – it’s going to put the federal government in charge of the financial sector.” Boehner also reiterated that House Republicans would support a bill to fund the troops in Afghanistan in “five minutes” if House Democrats simply tried to pass a clean war funding measure. “I don’t believe it’s appropriate to ask our troops to carry a bunch of wasteful Washington spending on a bill to fund their needs in Afghanistan. That’s exactly what’s going on here,” Boehner said. “I made clear to the President months ago that Republicans would be there to support a clean emergency supplemental spending bill to fund our troops that are in harm’s way. We can do that today and it would take five minutes, but that’s not why this bill has languished for the last eight weeks. It’s languished because Democrats here on Capitol Hill are insisting on adding tens of billions of dollars of wasteful stimulus spending that didn’t work a year and a half ago and won’t work now.” -Matthew Jaffe

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