This is a partial transcript from "Your World with Neil Cavuto," October 17, 2006, that was edited for clarity.
NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: President Bush signing that terror detainee bill into law today, the law, he says, crucial to keeping America safe.
But not everybody voted for it. And with elections three weeks away, the president was quick to remind Americans who did not.
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GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Some voted to support this bill, even when the majority of their party voted the other way. I thank the legislators who brought this bill to my desk for their conviction, for their vision, and for their resolve.
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CAVUTO: The party he was talking about, the Democrats, so, why are they getting the edge on terror? The latest USA Today poll putting them ahead of the Republican Party on this issue.
Reaction now from House Majority leader John Boehner of Ohio.
Mr. Majority Leader, good to have you.
REP. JOHN BOEHNER, R-OHIO, HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER: Neil, good to be here.
CAVUTO: Usually, I’m seeing you remote. This is nice.
BOEHNER: I know. It really is nice, after about 10 years of seeing each other through a box.
CAVUTO: That’s right.
BOEHNER: It’s nice to be here.
CAVUTO: Let me ask you, sir, about this whole notion that, on terror, and dealing with detainee legislation today, like you did, oddly enough, your party is on the defensive on that issue.
BOEHNER: Well, I think that is mostly driven by people’s concerns about Iraq and where Iraq is going. And, frankly, it’s discoloring all of the numbers.
But if you look at the — the terrorist tribunal bill that the president signed today, if you look at the NSA terrorist surveillance program, the Patriot Act, the creation of the Homeland Security Department, all these tools, we have given the president to help fight terrorism and — and protect the American people before we are attacked.
And, by and large, Republicans supported all of those. And a majority of Democrats, on all — every one of those, voted no. And, so, elections are about choices. And I think we want to make it clear that, when it comes to being willing to take on the terrorists and to fight them, Republicans are there to support the president and to protect Americans before we’re attacked.
CAVUTO: You say support the president, or these days, given the polls, run away from him?
BOEHNER: No. We ought to be very happy that George Bush is our president.
You think about what he has dealt with over the last five-and-a-half years, a recession he inherited the day he took office, the attacks of 9/11, and what it did to America’s psyche, what it did to our economy, our need for more intelligence, homeland security, a war in Afghanistan, a war in Iraq, and, on top of all of that, the largest natural disaster to ever hit our country, and, through all of this, the president remained tall, strong, and positive.
I have known George Bush a long time. I have watched him in some of the most difficult circumstances, always doing what he thought was in the best interests of our country...
CAVUTO: Well, you — you — you say that.
BOEHNER: ... regardless of the political consequences.
CAVUTO: But — no, no, no, no. Well, you say that. And — and there are a lot of your colleagues who love to get his money, get the fund- raising, but not like to be seen with him.
BOEHNER: Neil, that’s really — I have not found one of those members.
BOEHNER: Now, I’m sure there’s a member...
CAVUTO: Not a one?
BOEHNER: There might be a member or two out there.
But I have got to tell you, I have — I work closely with all of our members, frankly in the House and Senate.
BOEHNER: I have not seen members run away from the president. They like the president. They trust the president. And they know that he will do what he thinks is in the nation’s best interests.
CAVUTO: Let me ask you about the Foley scandal, Majority Leader, that this is just getting bigger and bigger. That’s the impression out there. Is it?
BOEHNER: The ethics committee is doing an investigation of how the House dealt with it. The FBI is doing an investigation to see if any laws were broken. I think it is being investigated, and everything that can be said at this point in time has been said.
But the real issue in this election are the issues that the American people care about: keeping the economy prosperous, making sure that we have a sensible immigration policy that begins with enforcing our border, and, then, thirdly, supporting the president, giving him the tools that he needs to take on the terrorists, and to defeat them.
CAVUTO: There appeared to be — your knee-jerk reaction, when you heard about the Foley scandal, sir, was not exactly overwhelming support for the speaker.
BOEHNER: Listen, the speaker is a wonderful guy. I was not trying to distance myself from him in any way, shape, or form.
CAVUTO: You still support him?
BOEHNER: What I — absolutely. What I was trying to do was to clarify what I knew and when I knew it.