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Boehner Stoked About 2010

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"We're not campaigning," he said. Boehner claimed that House Republicans are focusing on Pelosi's legislative agenda in mailings, press releases, speeches and press conferences in order to "put pressure on Democrats to stand up to" the "liberals" Boehner said had pushed mainstream Democrats too far to the left in the House.

Boehner said his party will highlight the House votes on cap-and-trade, health care and spending bills as evidence that the Democrats under Pelosi have "put politics ahead of the American people" since they regained the majority in 2006. He said his party will put forward their own legislative program to offer their "solutions" on the campaign trail as well.

Boehner said he looked forward to watching Pelosi try to laud the bills her caucus has passed this year.

"I hope she does a great job trying to market the garbage they passed this year," he said, with a grin.

All in all, Boehner said, 2009 has left Republicans fired up about their chances next year.

"I'm really looking forward to a very exciting 2010," he said.