Boehner: White House stimulus claims were 'nonsense'

The Obama administration's promises of the effects of the stimulus package it pushed for were "nonsense," House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday.

"They're promoting policies that destroy jobs, not create jobs," Boehner said in a conference call organized by the Republican National Committee (RNC).

The call came after Democrats took aim at the House Republican leader by sending Vice President Biden to his district, and launching a web video and conference call targeting Boehner for, Democrats say, a misguided stance on the stimulus.

"Ohio families and small businesses in our state are concerned," Boehner said. "And they're wondering, Mr. Vice President, 'Where are the jobs?'"

The Ohio lawmaker said the administration's promises about the stimulus haven't been met, in terms of a stagnant unemployment rate and other poor economic indicators.

"It was all nonsense, because none of that's happened," he said.

Boehner also said he "guaranteed" that Republicans wouldn't pass initiatives like healthcare reform and climate change, which the leader referred to as a "government takeover of healthcare" and a "national energy tax," respectively.

Boehner wouldn't say, though, whether Republicans would try to repeal those priorities if the GOP takes over the House -- if the proposals, in their current form -- become law.

"We would not pass a national energy tax or a government takeover of healthcare," he said. "In the meantime we're going to do everything we can to prevent them from doing so."

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