Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Checking Boehner's speech on the economy

House Republican leader John Boehner spoke about the economy in a speech in Cleveland.
House Republican leader John Boehner spoke about the economy in a speech in Cleveland.

Rep. John Boehner, as House minority leader, is not bashful when it comes to criticizing the Obama administration and arguing that his Republican party offers a better way. Boehner seized that opportunity again during an appearance at the City Club of Cleveland.

His targets were familiar ones: health care reform, the stimulus program, slow economic recovery and federal government running amok.

"Since February 2009, the private sector has lost millions of jobs while the federal government has grown by hundreds of thousands of workers," the Ohio Republican said.

That sounded familiar to us because other Republicans have used the same line. But here, as with the other claims, we found Boehner was stretching the truth because he was including temporary census workers. We rated his claim Half True.