Boehner's Speaker Re-election Closer Than Expected

The Ohio Republican enters his third term as House Speaker, despite stronger-than-expected opposition from his party's conservative wing.
Posted at 4:55 PM, Jan 06, 2015

Re-elected to a third term, the Speaker of the House took the gavel once again Tuesday.

"The honorable John Boehner. Mr. Speaker," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said via C-SPAN.

But he faced a tougher vote than expected, picking up only 216 of the 408 votes cast. Twenty-five hardline conservatives broke with Boehner instead voting Reps. Daniel Webster, Louie Gohmert and a few others.

But Boehner's opposition didn't have a single candidate to rally around, instead spreading out support to several lawmakers. 

He might not be conservative enough for some, but Boehner is certainly of the "those that govern least govern best" school: 

"We should not be judged on how many laws we create. We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal," Boehner told CBS.

And Tuesday, his message touched on a lot of conservative economic themes.

"We can build an economy that furthers better-paying jobs, more growth and more opportunity for the nation's middle class. This is our vital task," Boehner said.

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