Morning After: Summing Up Election 2010
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
So that's advice for Republicans, including from a former speaker of the House. And now we're going to hear the next speaker of the House, John Boehner, who addressed his supporters and the nation last night.
Representative JOHN BOEHNER (Republican, Ohio, Minority Leader): We hope President Obama will now respect the will of the people, change course, and to commit to making changes that they are demanding. And to the extent that he's willing to do that, we're ready to work with him. But make no mistake, the president will find in our new majority the voice of the American people, as they've expressed it tonight - standing on principle, checking Washington's power, and leading the drive to a smaller, less costly and more accountable government here in Washington, D.C.
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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
And this morning, Congressman Boehner made clear that he heard a message from voters, yesterday, on health care and the legislation passed under the Democratic Congress.
Rep. BOEHNER: The American people are concerned about the government takeover of health care. I think it's important for us to lay the groundwork before we begin to repeal this monstrosity and replace it with common sense reforms that will bring down the cost of health insurance in America. That's the next House speaker, John Boehner of Ohio.
INSKEEP: The outgoing speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi has not made an appearance.
She issued a statement, instead, saying: Over the last four years, the Democratic majority in the House took courageous action on behalf of America's middle class - these are Pelosi's words here. She said they created jobs and saved the country from the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression.
The speaker went on to say, the outcome of the election does not diminish the work we have done for the American people.
The words of Nancy Pelosi.