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Boehner says candidates, not policies, led to November losses

House Speaker John A. Boehner suggested Thursday that candidates and personalities — not Republican proposals on Medicare and spending cuts — contributed to Republican losses in November, as he vowed to press forward with a House budget plan that renews the push to shrink the government.

In short, the Ohio Republican said in an interview that November’s election losses would not deter his party from pressing its vision of reducing the size of government and turning government health care programs largely over to the private sector.

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