Where incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) struck what was almost a conciliatory tone after his party's sweeping victories on Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) appeared ready for battle while issuing stern warnings to President Barack Obama not to overstep his bounds.
McConnell pledged to fix the Senate and acknowledged that there were "significant areas for potential agreement" with the White House. But Boehner was feisty and confrontational at his Thursday press conference.
Republicans picked up 14 seats in the House, expanding their majority to a historic 246-seat majority, their largest majority in more than half a century. The incoming freshman class includes substantial additions to the party's right wing, including David Brat of Virginia, a tea party candidate who knocked off Boehner's majority leader, Eric Cantor, in the GOP primary.
With that as the backdrop, Boehner sounded like he was in no mood to compromise.
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