House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he believes that President Barack Obama wants to "annihilate the Republican Party."
Boehner made the remark in a speech Tuesday at the Ripon Society, a Washington D.C.-based Republican think tank, in response to the progressive policy goals laid out by Obama in his inaugural address.
"Given what we heard yesterday about the president's vision for his second term, it's pretty clear to me that he knows he can't do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans," Boehner said. "So we're expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party. And let me just tell you, I do believe that is their goal - to just shove us into the dustbin of history."
He urged his conservative colleagues to adopt a new strategy in this session of Congress. He advised them to choose their battles wisely.
"We're going to have to make some big decisions about how we as a party take on this challenge, Boehner said. "Where's the ground that we fight on? Where's the ground that we retreat on? Where are the smart fights? Where are the dumb fights that we have to stay away from? We've got a lot of big decisions to make."
Via The Hill