Former House Speaker John Boehner joined David M. Kennedy, faculty director and history professor emeritus, in a talk yesterday hosted by Stanford in Government (SIG) and the Stanford Speakers Bureau.
The crowd asked him several questions about the 2016 Election, and he gave them some pretty straight answers for a politician.
According to the Stanford Daily, when asked what he thinks about GOP candidate Sen. [score]Ted Cruz[/score], Boehner squished his face, drawing laughter from the audience. He said of Cruz, he is:
“Lucifer in the flesh.
“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”
Of the other GOP candidates, Boehner said he has played golf with Donald Trump for years and they are “texting buddies.”
Ohio Governor John Kasich “requires more effort on my behalf than all my other friends … but he’s still my friend, and I love him.”
Boehner expressed that he was really surprised Trump made it as far as he did. He doesn’t agree with a lot of Trump’s political positions but said he would vote for Trump if he becomes the Republican nominee. Interestingly, he said he would not vote for Cruz.
At a rally in Indianapolis yesterday, Trump defended Senate Majority Leader [score]Mitch McConnell[/score], arguing Cruz was making the “top man” in the Senate “look bad.”
Stirewalt asks if Cruz “can still rally the party’s conservative base against the unexpected new partnership between Trump’s populist backers and the big business wing of the GOP” — and whether Trump supporters will “stay with him in this new Boehnerized coalition.”
Is Boehner’s perspective still relevant, however? Will his opinion sway voters or Trump and Cruz supporters?