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Boehner: Tea party, GOP not that different

Is there a divide between the GOP and tea party members? No, says House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

On Tuesday, as voters head to cast ballots in several states that have contested GOP primaries, Boehner said the tea party has had a positive impact by bringing “great energy to our political process,” The Washington Post reports.

And he also said the two have a lot in common.

“There’s not that big a difference between what you call the tea party and your average conservative Republican,” he said. “We’re against Obamacare, we think taxes are too high, we think government is too big. I wouldn’t continue to sing that same song.”

Earlier this month, Boehner beat handily defeated two tea party candidates in his Ohio district.

Via The Washington Post