House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) sits down for a conversation about the Republican Party's efforts to win back House majority in the upcoming midterm election during a lunch hosted by The Christian Science Monitor.
Boehner says a Republican takeover is going to be "an uphill climb," but is a definite possibility. He says the current leadership has lacked transparency and has caused unprecedented deficits, which Republicans will try to fix if they win majority in the fall.
John Andrew Boehner is a Republican American politician who is currently serving as the House Minority Leader in the 111th Congress. He serves as a U.S. Representative from Ohio's 8th congressional district, which includes several rural and suburban areas near Cincinnati and Dayton and a small portion of Dayton itself.
David Cook is Senior Editor and Washington bureau chief of The Christian Science Monitor. He oversees the Monitor's 9-person bureau in the nation's capital, hosts the Monitor's newsmaker breakfasts, and writes for csmonitor.com.
For over 40 years, Monitor breakfasts have brought journalists together with key public officials to talk about the issues of the day in a candid, in-depth fashion. Since their start in 1966, four US presidents, five vice presidents, and countless cabinet and congressional officials have been guests at the 3,600 breakfasts the Monitor has hosted.
When Monitor correspondent Jill Carroll was held captive in Iraq for 82 days in 2006, Cook served as the Monitor's spokesperson and appeared on numerous national broadcasts including "Today," "Nightline," "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer," and "ABC World News Tonight."
From August 1994 through July 2001, Cook served as editor of The Christian Science Monitor. During his term, the Monitor's print edition was redesigned, csmonitor.com was launched, and the paper won numerous awards including the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.
Previously Cook was editor of Monitor Broadcasting which produced daily radio news programs heard on 200 public radio stations. He also served as managing editor of the Monitor's Emmy award-winning nightly television news program "World Monitor."
His current assignment is Cook's third tour in Washington. During two previous postings in the nation's capital he covered economic policy. He also has been a Detroit-based correspondent for Business Week.
Cook was awarded a Bagehot Fellowship in Business and Economic Journalism by Columbia University. He is a graduate of Principia College, attended the Advanced Management Program at Michigan State University, and served in the U.S. Army. He is a member of the Gridiron Club, Washington's oldest journalistic organization, and the father of three grown sons.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) responds to the Washington Post's "Top Secret America" series on the massive security buildup in the U.S. after 9/11. "I don't know that there's anything in those articles ... that have surprised me," says Boehner. "There needs to be better coordination."
Responding to a question about Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-MN) Tea Party Caucus, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) says although he declined to join the caucus, the political movement "should not be dismissed."
"These folks are the tip of the iceberg," says Boehner. "They represent the same values, concerns, frustration, anger and fear that you see from tens of millions of other Americas who aren't on the streets yet."
House Minority Leader John Boehner says the case of Shirley Sherrod, an Agriculture Department employee who was fired for remarks about race, underscores the danger of making decisions on incomplete information.
"The one thing it does point to is when you only put a little piece of the story out there and people make judgments," says Boehner, "they make rash decisions."