“Mr. Speaker”-in-waiting John Boehner. We take a closer look at the Ohio Congressman, now lined up for power – and how he’ll use it.
John Boehner is the next speaker of the House, where Republicans will be the majority party. Most Americans know little of this Congressman from southwestern Ohio – even if we do know he’s prone to weeping.
Boehner grew up poor and spent his life chasing the American dream. After two decades in Congress, he’s a political insider, and now the leader of a party strengthened by Tea Party outsiders demanding change.
Can he deliver for the GOP? And can he work with Democrats?
Michael Grunwald, senior national correspondent for Time magazine. His new cover story is “Tanned, Tested, Ready: New Speaker John Boehner.”
Carl Weiser, government and politics editor for the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Rep. Anthony Weiner, Democratic Congressman since 1999 representing New York’s 9th district, which includes Brooklyn and Queens.