House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday denied he‚Äôs gotten ‚Äútougher‚ÄĚ on President Barack Obama ‚ÄĒ saying instead his strong words are a way to ‚Äúhelp‚ÄĚ him.
‚ÄúThe president‚Äôs getting some very bad advice from his campaign team,‚ÄĚ Boehner (R-Ohio) said on CNN‚Äôs ‚ÄúState of the Union.‚Äú ‚ÄĚHe‚Äôs diminishing the presidency by picking fake fights, going after straw men every day.‚ÄĚ
As evidence, Boehner cited the so-called Buffett Rule ‚ÄĒ where ‚Äúeven the president admitted it was a gimmick‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ and new talk of student loan interest rates, saying Obama‚Äôs ‚Äúpicked the student loan fight where there is no fight.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe president‚Äôs bigger than this,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThe presidency is important. America has big challenges, big fiscal challenges, and we‚Äôve got big challenges for our economy, and the president ought to be working with Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill to address the big issues that affect the American people.‚ÄĚ
Boehner later added, ‚ÄúThe president‚Äôs getting some bad advice. Somebody‚Äôs got to help him out, so I thought I would.‚ÄĚ
Watch below, via CNN: