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Boehner blames GOP for government shutdown on Leno: ‘It was a very predictable disaster’

Boehner also discussed his relationship with President Obama, his view of Ted Cruz, the 2016 presidential race and Edward Snowden, among other topics. Check out some of the highlights below:

On Obama 

“He and I get along fine. We get along fine. But we come at our jobs from a very different perspective. You know, I’m right of the center. I think he is way left of the center. What’s happened in Washington here over the course of the 20 years, 24 years that I’ve been there, is that there is not as much common ground as there used to be. Yes, Republicans believed in X and Democrats believed Y. But there was enough common ground to come to some understanding. But the country has gotten more partisan. As a result, the Congress has gotten more divided and there’s less common ground. But the president and I have a very good relationship.”

On Ted Cruz

“He’d be on the conservative side, tea party side. But listen, Ted Cruz used to be my attorney a long time ago. … He’s a good guy. Not that I always agree with him, but he’s a good guy.”

On 2016 presidential race

“Well, listen, I’m not endorsing anybody, but Jeb Bush is my friend and I frankly think he would make a great president.”

On Snowden

“All I can say is that I think Snowden is a traitor to the country.”

On running for president:

“Listen, I like to play golf. I like to cut my own grass. You know, I do drink red wine. I smoke cigarettes. And I’m not giving that up to be President of the United States.”

WATCH: Part II of the Leno interview 

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