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Boehner turns down invitation for Vatican visit

By Nedra Pickler

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:32 p.m. HST, Mar 14, 2013

WASHINGTON » House Speaker John Boehner says he's turning down President Barack Obama's invitation to be in the U.S. delegation to the installation of Pope Francis.

The Ohio Republican says in a statement that he'd like to go, but it's impossible with his duties including the budget debate and hosting the Irish prime minister at the Capitol.

Vice President Joe Biden, the first Roman Catholic to be elected vice president, is leading the delegation. Boehner's office said that after Obama spoke to House Republicans Wednesday, the president invited Boehner, who is Catholic, to accompany Biden.

Boehner says he is grateful for the invitation. He wished the vice president well and said he hopes Biden will send prayers and warm regards from all Americans, especially Catholics, to the first pope from the Americas.

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cojef wrote:
Wondering whether Boehner cannot stomach Biden or play second fiddle. Easy choice since either makes sense as both got big egos.
on March 14,2013 | 07:20AM
serious wrote:
Why doesn't the President go?
on March 14,2013 | 07:23AM
entrkn wrote:
You don't think he is afraid that he would e struck by lightnening if he came anywhere near the vatican do you...?
on March 14,2013 | 07:24AM
Beaglebagels wrote:
You think Zeus would do something that spiteful?
on March 14,2013 | 07:27AM
Slow wrote:
I hope this is not another example of the intransigence of partisan politics.
on March 14,2013 | 07:32AM
bnc_connection wrote:
None of them should go. I'm getting furloughed next month and the VP gets to go to the Vatican. Something is wrong with that logic. His trip would cost more than furloughing me for 22 days. Wassup with that? I applaud Boehner for doing the right thing. Would it be nice to represent the U.S.? Of course. Is this the right time to go? Definitely not.
on March 14,2013 | 08:00AM
Skyler wrote:
I agree with you - it's not a good time to spend the money. Btw, good luck, bnc...
on March 14,2013 | 11:02AM
MolokaiChuck wrote:
He should be forced to go....with no pay....
on March 14,2013 | 12:10PM
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