Democrats have largely embraced the Occupy demonstrations, while some Republicans were quick initially to dismiss it as a movement of "mobs." BoehnerJohn BoehnerRank-and-file Republicans fear lame-duck vote on pricey funding bill New Trump campaign boss took shots at Ryan on radio show Election reveals Paul Ryan to be worst speaker in U.S. history MORE has been more cautious to address the subject, although a demonstration by Orange County protesters interrupted a fundraising golf tournament Boehner participated in there about two weeks ago.
Boehner, who was introduced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellJuan Williams: Trump's race politics will destroy GOP Rank-and-file Republicans fear lame-duck vote on pricey funding bill Clinton, Trump sharpen attacks MORE (R-Ky.), used his speech on Monday to address Congress’s high disapproval numbers in recent polls.
"My message today is simple: Faith in government has never been high, but it doesn't have to be this low,” he said. “The American people need to see that despite our differences, we can get things done. We can start by recognizing that common ground and compromise are not the same thing.”
Rep. John YarmuthJohn YarmuthOvernight Regulation: Obama unveils new Arctic drilling rules | GOP pushes regulatory budget Republican claims 'universal consensus' for regulatory budget Cameras go dark during House Democrats' sit-in MORE (D-Ky.), present in the audience, told WDRB: "When [Boehner] talked about common ground, what he should have talked about was where through the entire last 10 months, his membership in Congress has given up one inch."