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Democrats have largely embraced the Occupy demonstrations, while some Republicans were quick initially to dismiss it as a movement of "mobs." John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate 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 McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea 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 YarmuthKentucky Dem jabs at Mnuchin over eclipse comments Democrats see ObamaCare leverage in spending fights CBO survives two House amendments targeting funding 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."