John Boehner and Barack Obama were known for working together on a number of issues, despite the difference in party affiliation.
Obama has publicly said that Boehner is more moderate than the Tea Party on major issues.
Obama addressed Boehner’s leadership during a press conference with Chinese President Xi Jin Ping. He said that Boehner was a leader who understood that in governance, “you don’t get 100% of what you want.”
Boehner reached a debt deal with Obama back in 2011, although they did not reach a “grand bargain” during the negotiations. Boehner also helped Obama fast-track trade promotion legislation, despite the objections of many Democrats.
A whopping 72% of Republican primary voters said that they are dissatisfied with the ability of Boehner and Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to achieve party goals, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz harshly criticized Boehner: “If it is correct that the speaker, before he resigns, has cut a deal with Nancy Pelosi to fund the Obama administration for the rest of this year, to fund Obamacare, to fund executive amnesty, to fund Planned Parenthood, to fund implementation of this Iran deal, and then presumably to land a cushy K Street job after joining with the Democrats to implement all of President Obama’s priorities, that is not the behavior one would expect from a Republican speaker of the House.”
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy would naturally be in line next to become speaker. Although he is currently favored by the odds, it is uncertain if he will ascend to the position.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., was asked who would now run for speaker. He responded: “Everybody! But the establishment lost today.”
Huelskamp said that he and other Tea Party Republicans were happy to hear of Boehner’s resignation and thought Tea Party conservatives would be able to agree on a speaker.
Huelskamp stated: “He read the writing on the wall. We need new leadership. Every time we go home we hear, ‘Fire Boehner.’ We need a new speaker who can standup (sic) to the president.”