While holding a solidly conservative record over more than two decades in Congress, Boehner has backed must-pass compromise legislation as speaker to keep the government running and avoid an economically crippling default on U.S. obligations. Opposition from some conservative groups to those compromises has forced Boehner on several occasions to seek help from Democrats to pass them.
"I'm as conservative as anybody around this place," Boehner said Thursday. "All of the things that we've done over the three years that I've been speaker have not violated any conservative principles. Not once."