Chain-smoking Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) struck a morbid note Monday as he refused to commit to another full two-year term atop the House.
“Listen, I can’t predict what’s going to happen. I’m going to be 65 years old in November,” Boehner said in response to a question from moderator Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune at a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce forum in San Antonio. “I never thought I’d live to be 60, so I’m living on borrowed time.”
Earlier, he voiced confidence that he would be reelected to his post by his colleagues, some of whom doubt he can overcome opposition from a group of arch conservatives.
“I’m running for reelection. I expect to be Speaker,” Boehner said.