John Boehner (R-Ohio) will run for reelection as House speaker after the November mid-term elections, saying Monday that he has more support from the GOP caucus than in 2012.
In an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Boehner said he intends to continue as speaker of the House despite ongoing rumors in Washington about his possible retirement several weeks after he bought a home in Florida.
But Boehner, 64, who has already declared his intention to run for reelection to his House seat, confirmed to the daily that he wants to remain speaker for two more years, if the Republicans, as he hopes, keep their majority in that body.
"I think I'm in better shape with my own caucus than I have ever been in the last three years," he told the newspaper.
Some Republican lawmakers have confirmed that Boehner managed to bolster his position within the Republican Party during the confrontation with the ultraconversative Tea Party over the partial government shutdown last October.
Boehner has had to fight against criticism and pressure from the Tea Party, which opposes the policies promoted by the Democrats and the agenda of President Barack Obama, a situation that has resulted in extreme polarization in Congress and the stagnation of bipartisan dialogue on important legislative issues.
Polls indicate that the Republicans will retain their majority in the House of Representatives and the Democrats will do the same in the Senate, but by smaller margins than at present. EFE