Boehner: ‘We don’t have a tea party caucus to speak of in the House’


By: Alexis Levinson

Posted Nov. 9th, 2012

There is no tea party caucus independent of the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives, Speaker of the House John Boehner said Thursday in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer.

“We’ve got members from all different types — all walks of life, if you will,” Boehner said.

“But do they come back changed by this election?” Sawyer asked.

“Well, listen, I think this has been the most misreported story of my two years’ tenure,” Boehner replied. “We don’t have a tea party caucus to speak of in the House. All of us who were elected in 2010 were supported by the tea party.”

“These are ordinary Americans who’ve taken a more active role in our government. They want solutions. But we’ve all come a long way over the past two years. We all understand each other a lot better,” Boehner added.

“So you don’t foresee any problem as you head into this negotiation?” Sawyer asked, according to a transcript provided by Boehner’s office.

“There’re gonna be problems,” Boehner replied, according to the transcript. “There will be problems — dealin’ with what the president’ll want. Problems dealin’ with what my members want. Take it one day at a time, and do your best.”

Only the first two questions and answers from the interview were posted online by ABC at publication time.