From NBC's Kelly Paice
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) was introduced at today's CPAC gathering with a slideshow highlighting his leadership in the House, along with fitting background music of "Someone Like You." He said there has been, if anything, a "rebirth" of the Republican Party. He said the Republicans have started listening to the American people and are offering better solutions, noting that although "Democrats have tried every trick in the book"-- from attempting to buy off Republicans with pork or intimidate them with polls or call them the "Party of No"-- he reiterated, "None of it worked."
Boehner outlined three lessons he has learned -- lessons he said all successful leaders have, lessons he said he would institute in Congress if Republicans were the majority and he became speaker. First, "Be open, be transparent, and be willing to listen." He criticized President Obama for being more of a lecturer than a listener -- something Boehner suggests the American people want the opposite of.
His second lesson: "If you do the right things for the right reasons, good things will happen." He pointed to Republicans uniting against the stimulus bill and against the Democrats' take on health care reform.
Boehner's third lesson: "Real leaders work harder than their opponents," essentially the team that works the hardest is the team that usually wins. He said if Republicans win back Congress and he were to become speaker, "I pledge to you right here right now that we're going to run the house differently," and made clear it would be run differently than to the way it was run by both Democrats and Republicans in the past.
Boehner also talked about a hometown Tea Party event he attended last September, saying that the Republican Party should not attempt to co-opt the Tea Parties.
"What we will do is respect them, listen to them and walk amongst them," he said. "The other party will never ever do that."