Boehner on retiring as speaker: ‘I’m far from done’

March 11, 2013

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) suggested in an interview published Sunday that he might stay on as speaker longer than people think.


Boehner has acknowledged in recent months that being speaker is an often thankless job ("I need this job like I need a hole in the head"), and many have speculated that he may not stay in it much longer.

Asked by Roll Call's David M. Drucker whether he would hang it up soon, though, Boehner said he's got the long view.

"I’m in a fight to cut spending, create jobs, and — frankly — save the American dream," Boehner said. "I intend to lead that fight as speaker of the House. And I’m far from done."

Boehner did not specifically address the question of whether he would stay on until after the 2014 election or even until after Republicans have a chance to elect a new president in 2016.

Boehner is dealing with an unruly caucus filled with new members -- many of them elected with tea party backing -- that often proves to be a leadership challenge.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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