Rep. John Boehner: "I'm still trying to find the first American to talk to who's in favor of the public option." Do you want a public option. Invite John Boehner to meet you!
VIDEO: See Boehner's statement and a response from his constituent Scott Butler:
For some odd reason, Boehner hasn't met you yet...
Politico, Oct. 1, 2009:
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has just more or less dared proponents of a public option to bombard his office with their expressions of support of the plan.
Boehner claimed, with a semi-straight face, that he has yet to meet a regular "American" who favors the option -- despite polls showing that a majority of voters support to the idea of having the choice of a government plan.
"I'm still trying to find the first American to talk to who's in favor of the public option, other than a member of Congress or the administration" said Boehner, whose sole recent foray into a public discussion of health care reform was a tea-party-style event in Ohio a few weeks back.
Washington Times, Sept. 3, 2009:
House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, the face of Republican opposition to Democrats' health care reform plans, has yet to face voters in a traditional town-hall meeting this summer...
Ohio Poll -- Sept. 16, 2009: 57% of Ohio voters want the public option (Quinnipiac).
National Poll -- Sept. 25, 2009: 65% of Americans, and 47% of Republicans, want a public option (CBS/New York Times).