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House Speaker John Boehner Revs Up Missouri GOP Delegates

Republican leader blasts Obama at Republican convention, saying the president has "never done anything."

TAMPA, Florida — Every four years, Democrats and Republicans alike tell their supporters that the presidential election on the ballot that particular year is the most important in their lifetime.

But U.S. House Speaker John Boehner had a message Tuesday morning for Missouri delegates gathered in Tampa for the Republican National Convention.

With 23 million people either unemployed or underemployed, with regulations making it hard for small businesses to hire, and with the federal government getting too involved in health care, Boehner said: "The most important election ever is going to be this November — and I think you all understand that."

Speaking to a packed room of about 50 delegates and other Missouri GOP leaders — including former governor and U.S. senator Christopher "Kit" Bond — Boehmer delivered a scathing attack on President Barack Obama.

The theme of the first full day of the convention Tuesday is "We Built It," a reference to Obama's comments at a campaign event in Viriginia last month. And Boehner, as have other Republicans here, hammered the president for that comment, which the GOP says is a slam at small business owners.

"He says the private sector is doing fine. He says his plan works. He's also the one who said, 'You didn't build that,'" the Ohio congressman said. "It took me weeks and weeks to get over the comment that 'You didn't build it.' And anyone here who has owned a small business knows what I'm talking about."

Referring to his time as a business owner, Boehner said: "I remember lying awake at night some nights worrying about whether the accounts receivable the next day was going to be large enough to cover the payroll I had that I had to do the next week

"I don't remember Barack Obama laying next to me and holding my hand," Boehner joked. "I don't remember the government sitting there waiting to offer me some interest-free loan."

"This says a lot about the president because he's never had a real job. He's never done anything," Boehner added. "He really does believe that government is the answer to virtually everything."

Romney and running mate Paul Ryan, on the other hand, will be able to solve the issues facing the country, he said.

"We've got big challenges and we've met them before — and guess what? — we can meet those challenges again," Boehner said. "But it's going to take a president who has the courage of his own convictions and the courage to lead, and the courage to do the right thing. (Romney) knows how to create jobs, he knows what the government does in terms of interfering with the private market."

Polls show the presidential race is tight both in Missouri and nationwide, and Boehner acknowledged that Republicans have a tough battle on their hands. But he believes the party will come out on top in November.

"I'm optimistic about our ticket," he said. "We've got real leadership that can put America back on track...This is the moment and this is the time.

Jim Aspen September 01, 2012 at 07:36 PM
“The American Dream is our story. It is a story of human struggle, standing up and striving for more. It’s been told for over 200 years with small steps and giant leaps; from a woman on a bus to a man with a dream; and the bravery of the greatest generation, to the entrepreneurs of today. This is our story. This is the America we know because we built it.” — African American Republican Mayor,Mia Love
Sarah Mitchell September 01, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Jim Aspen your point is taken, and yes I did watch the RNC convention acceptance speech, by Mitt Romney, the convention was like none I have ever seen in my life, it was very disrespectful of those who were guest speakers, to come up to that podium & Lecture and make slanderous statement, based on Lies. I will start with the VPEE nominee Paul Ryan, who made Accusation's that were blatant lies. The first is the closing of the GM Plant Wis. This plant did not close on the watchful eye President Obama. But on while G.W. Bush was in office. Dec 2008. Paul Ryan gave a feisty anti-Obama speech that will have fact-checkers working for days. His most brazen lie accused President Obama of “raiding” Medicare by taking the exact same $716 billion that Ryan and the House GOP notoriously voted to slash. It was stunning.But that’s not all. He attacked Obama for failing to keep open a Janesville GM plant that closed under Bush in 2008. He hit him for a credit-rating downgrade that S&P essentially blamed on GOP intransigence. He claimed that all taxpayers got from the 2009 stimulus was “more debt,” when most got a tax cut (and the stimulus is known to have saved between 1.4 and 3.3 million jobs). He derided the president for walking away from the Simpson Bowles commission deficit-cutting recommendations when Ryan himself, a commission member, voted against those recommendations.He blamed Obama for a deficit mostly created by programs he himself voted for – from two wars,tax cut.
D September 02, 2012 at 12:52 PM
The RNC is a mess, and it started with the ridiculous T-Partiers (supposed conservative Republicans) who almost pushed us off the fiscal cliff last year, and collectively voted down the measures to address the deficit. I'm actually feeling sorry for Boehner these days- trying to lead dumb, fat cats... Obama's had a coordinated, consistent and strategic focus- which is not typically found among most CEOs- including those at Bain Capital.
Jim Aspen September 02, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Democrats are run by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid but 72 YEARS Old. Way out of touch with 2012.
Sarah Mitchell September 02, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are two of the finest politicians you can meet, and there age makes no difference,her are some of the greatest minds of those over 50 George Washington Carver. Albert Einstein. Nikola Tesla. Sir Isaac Newton. Thomas Jefferson. Benjamin Franklin. Johann Sebastian Bach. Galileo Galilei. Socrates is regarded as one of the best ancient greek philosophers of all time. As teacher of Plato, he has been associated with highly advanced thinking during his time. His work continues to form much of the foundation for the study of philosophy today.>>>>> To indicate that Nancy Polosi and Harry Reid are not capable of success, in their 70s is incorrect, the greatest success has been achieved by men and women, in their 50's 60's 70's 80's 90's and even 100. You need to do your home work before making statements, that are just not correct.

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