Boehner: GOP working to earn Tea Partiers' votes

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that the GOP is proving to members of the Tea Party movement why Republicans deserve their vote.

Boehner said on Thursday, when House Republicans seized on the Tax Day occasion to blast Democrats on the economy, that the GOP's opposition to many of those policies could fuel momentum for Republicans ahead of the midterm elections.

"I think, by and large, we're proving to the Tea Party movement that we're earning their vote," Boehner said during a press conference at the Capitol.

Boehner said he attended a Tea Party in Florida on Monday, where the leader said he received an "enthusiastic welcome."

The Ohio Republican argued, though, that the movement, which is known for its highly engaged, largely conservative posture, was indicative of a larger shift among the electorate.

"These people are just the tip of the iceberg," he said, adding that once more voters become energized as have Tea Partiers, political momentum would shift solidly behind Republicans.

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