Boehner not nixing State of the Union, calls it chance for Obama to be more 'unpopular'

Looks like the State of the Union is on after all.

House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday rebuffed conservatives who had been urging him not to invite President Obama to deliver the State of the Union address, in protest over his executive actions on immigration.

Boehner reasoned that giving Obama the floor would hurt, not help, the president's cause.

"The more the president talks about his ideas, the more unpopular he becomes," Boehner said. "Why would I want to deprive him of that opportunity?"

The president last month announced a set of executive actions, including moves to give temporary legal status to up to 5 million illegal immigrants.