Top Democrats have frequently characterized the Tea Party wing of the Republican party, including many of the 89 freshmen members of Congress that helped the GOP take the majority in 2010, of refusing to compromise and holding the party “hostage” to far-right views.
Boehner dismissed Axelrod’s charge as “just outrageous talk.” Boehner accused President Obama’s campaign of looking “for every boogeyman known to man” rather than focusing on the economy.
“Now the president’s going to try to make the election about everything other than his economic policies but the American people vote with their wallets,” he said. “The election is going to be a referendum on the President’s economic policies, pure and simple.”
He also praised Republicans in Congress as “the most committed team of Republicans that we’ve had in the twenty-one years that I’ve been there trying to be responsible stewards for the American people.”
Boehner, who predicted “a two in three chance” that Republicans retain control of the House in November, said one challenge ahead of them is rebuilding trust between Congress and the American people.
“You know our positions in government are ones of trust and rebuilding that trust between the American people and their elected representatives is an important component in our system of government. If we’re going to succeed we’ve got to rebuild that trust and show to the American people that we’re worthy of that trust and that we do the right thing every day,” he said. “Listen what I on my team would try to do every day was do the right thing. My parents taught me and I taught my kids the same lesson, if you do the right things everyday for the right reasons the right things will happen. I am proud of our team."