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Boehner on Jobs Speech: ‘Where’s the Common Ground?’


With President Obama set to deliver a major jobs speech before Congress this evening, House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) refrained from making any prejudgments.

“I think it’s important to wait and listen to what the president has to outline,” Boehner told reporters following a GOP conference meeting, the first since members returned from the August recess. “In my case, I’m going to be looking for where’s the common ground, what is it that we can agree on? We know that the two parties don’t usually agree on everything. But the American people want us to find common ground and I’ll be looking for it.”

In response to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D., Calif.) complaint that Republicans did not plan to offer a formal response to the president’s speech — she said it “spoke volumes” about their seriousness on jobs — Boehner dismissed the notion. “This is not a State of the Union address,” he said. “The American people shouldn’t be forced to watch some politician they don’t want to listen to, and frankly most of them would rather watch the football game.” (The Green Bay Packers open the NFL season against the New Orleans Saints tonight.) The speaker said it was appropriate to allow each member to respond individually to the speech.


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