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Boehner: I’m Not Giving Up Wine, Cigarettes To Be President

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Congressional Republicans swiftly and sharply rejected President Barack Obama's vow to act on his own if lawmakers won't help him create jobs and narrow the nation's yawning income gap, insisting he'll accomplish little in a divided government without them. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Congressional Republicans swiftly and sharply rejected President Barack Obama’s vow to act on his own if lawmakers won’t help him create jobs and narrow the nation’s yawning income gap, insisting he’ll accomplish little in a divided government without them. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he likes his life too much to run for president.

Making his first appearance Thursday night on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” Boehner was asked by the host whether he’d ever consider seeking the nation’s highest office.

“No,” Boehner said immediately. “No?” Leno said. “No,” Boehner repeated.

“Listen, I like to play golf,” Boehner said by way of explanation. “I like to cut my own grass. You know, I do drink red wine. I smoke cigarettes. And I’m not giving that up to be the President of the United States.”

The line got a round of applause from the Burbank, Calif. audience.

Boehner also got a laugh when he was asked if GOP infighting in Washington is the worst that he’s seen.

“Oh, no, it’s, well, maybe it is,” Boehner said. “Probably. Yeah, probably.”

But he went on to downplay the conflict.

“The funny thing about the so called infighting is that we agree on all the goals,” the speaker said. “We think Obamacare is bad for the country. We think we shouldn’t spend more than what we bring in. We think the President is ignoring the law. It’s all a fight over tactics. It’s not over what our goals are.”

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