Asked by Leno whether he ever thought of running for
president, Boehner replied, "No.
"I like to play golf. I like to cut my own grass," said Boehner,
the top Republican in Congress. "I do drink red wine. I smoke
cigarettes. And I'm not giving that up to be president of the
Boehner also told Leno he and Democratic President Barack Obama
"get along fine" despite their political differences.
"But the country's gotten more partisan. So as a result the
Congress has gotten more divided and there's less common
ground," Boehner said.
Asked by Leno if the infighting in his own party was as bad as
he had ever seen it, Boehner said, "Oh, no," before adding with
a smile, "Well, maybe it is. It's bad."
Since early 2011, Boehner has fought with conservative Tea Party
Republicans in the House, mainly over deficit-reduction tactics.
The government shutdown in October further frayed relations with
"The funny thing about the so-called infighting is we agree on
all the goals," said Boehner. "We think Obamacare is bad for the
country. We think we shouldn't spend more than what we bring in.
We think the president is ignoring the laws. It's all a fight
over tactics. It's not over what our goals are."
(Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing
by Eric Walsh)
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