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July 22, 2013

Boehner Admits He Can't Lead His Caucus

Speaker John Boehner insisted to CBS News that he had no position on immigration reform: "It's not about me. It's not about what I want. What I've committed to, when I became speaker was to a more open and fair process. And as difficult as this issue is, me taking a hard position for or against some of these issues will make it harder for us to get a bill... If I come out and say I'm for this and I'm for that, all I'm doing is making my job harder."

First Read: "It's striking that the man who's second in line to the presidency -- House Speaker John Boehner -- said yesterday that he won't take a personal position on immigration, especially over whether there should be a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants... These are Boehner's most explicit comments yet that he sees his job not to shape his GOP caucus but rather let his GOP caucus shape him. It's a stunning admission from the man who, like it or not, is the current leader of the Republican Party."


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