Here is what Speaker John Boehner just said … (and he is sick with a cold!)

Fiscal Cliff

Notes below from FNC’s Chad Pergram…include comments from other Republican leaders:

Urgent: Boehner: “I am the most optimistic man in this town. But there are some serious differences.”

Per Pergram-Capitol Hill


On-cam with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and other GOP leaders.

Interesting comments where I asked Boehner if a negative market reaction by the Dow or the bond market could force a deal (ala TARP in 2008). He said he wasn’t going to comment on outside factors. Also, Boehner characterized his call with the president as “deliberate.”


Boehner on his cold:

I feel fine. I just sound a little froggy.



As of today, the president’s plan does not meet the two standards I laid out the day after the election.



The longer the White House slow walks this, the closer the economy gets to the fiscal cliff and more jobs will be placed in jeopardy.


House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA):

We are going to stay here right up through Christmas Eve and up through the New Year.


House GOP Conference Vice Chairman Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA):

We need the president to get serious and work with us. The sooner the better. The clock is ticking.


Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS):

As the mom of two teenagers, we didn’t always speak the same language. They would say they were chilling and I would throw them a blanket.



It’s similar here in Washington these days.


Boehner on whether a negative market reaction could force a deal:

I’m not going to talk about outside factors.


Boehner on call with Obama last night:

The president and I had a deliberate call. We spoke honestly and openly about differences we face.


Boehner on how hopeful he is now:

I am the most optimistic man in this town. But there are some serious differences.


Boehner on call:

The president and I had a frank conversation about how far apart we are.







Chad Pergram

Senior Producer for Capitol Hill

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