House Speaker John Boehner held court with reporters in Tampa this afternoon at the Christian Science Monitor's lunch and weighed in on Paul Ryan, the conventions, the party platform and the public's dislike of Congress. Here's a look at what he said:
--Boehner jumped on the convention's-too-long bandwagon saying: "These are very expensive propositions to put on. I think that given as much news as people get today and the way they get their news, I'm not sure that having a four-day convention for the future makes a lot of sense.
--On Mitt Romney's pick of Paul Ryan as his running mate: "Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan really says more about Mitt Romney than it does about Paul Ryan. Because for Mitt Romney to take what I'll call a riskier choice -- he had safer places he could have gone -- I think he understood that he had to be on offense and that we had to be on offense through this election."
--On the party platform: "You ever met anybody who read the party platform? I've not ever met anybody. It ought to be on one sheet of paper."
--On Congress' unpopularity: "Congress has been America's favorite whipping boy for 200 years and I don't think that's going to change anytime soon. And secondly, with 435 members and on any given day some of them are out doing things they probably shouldn't be doing. It's a fact. But ... 99 percent of my colleagues are decent, honest people trying to do the right thing for the country."
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