Fox Host Grills Gohmert Over Boehner Challenge: ‘Why Are You Doing This?’ [VIDEO]

Alex Griswold Media Reporter
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Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert appeared on Fox’s “America’s Newsroom” Monday morning, during which he was grilled by host Martha MacCallum over the feasibility of his run against John Boehner for the House speakership. (RELATED: Sean Hannity Backs Louie Gohmert’s House Speakership Run)

“What we do in the next two years is going to likely help determine whether we get a Republican or not in 2016,” Gohmert said. “We saw how bad it was in 2012 when we didn’t fight like we promised we would. We didn’t keep our word about reading the bill in 2010.”

“But the speaker has a totally different situation now than he had before,” MacCallum pushed back. “I mean, and he would argue I would imagine, that he had to deal with the circumstances that he had in front of him, in terms of getting things done. But now, I think most people on your side of the political fence would expect a very different posture and the ability to get stuff done.”

“For the speaker to run in and pass the ‘Cromnibus’ that totally funds Obamacare for all next year, we took the hostage of Homeland Security, that was a huge mistake,” Gohmert replied. (VIDEO: Gohmert Likens Obama To Alcoholic: ‘Finally Admitted They’ve Been Lying’)

“There is a lot of different strategies and reasons for that happening,” MacCallam pressed again, “And not wanting to shut down the government, people have very different viewpoints whether or not that was good idea.”

“How realistic … why are you doing this?” she asked. “Why do you say that you’re putting yourself forward for speaker? What do you hope to accomplish with it, if the numbers look like they’re not going to bear out for you?” (RELATED: Louie Gohmert Declares Candidacy For Speaker Of The House)

“The numbers are 25 to 33 percent are ready to abandon the Republican Party,” he said. “They’re so fed up that we’re not fighting for what we said, and if we don’t show them that, it is going to devastate this country. We could have another Democratic president in 2016. We have got to show the American people that they don’t need to abandon the Republican Party.”

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