VIDEO: Boehner resigning, but says he wasn’t pushed out
In announcing his resignation as House Speaker Friday, John Boehner told reporters he wasn’t pushed out — but that “prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution.
“Listen, I feel good about what I’ve done. I know that I’ve, every day, tried to do the right things for the right reason, and tried to do the right thing for the country,” he said, as seen in the CNBC video above.
Boehner, who plans to stay in the role until the end of October, said he didn’t plan to “stay around here and do nothing,” as Congress faces a potential government shutdown over disputes with President Obama over Planned Parenthood funding in government spending bill.
He said he wouldn’t describe his attitude as “having had enough.” Other conservative leaders have reportedly been considering whether to oust the House Speaker — who has often found himself at odds with the more dogmatic members of his own party.
“When you’re the speaker of the House your number one responsibility is to the institution,” he said. “And having a vote like this in the institution I don’t think is very healthy.”