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The strong backing of senior Republican John Boehner must be a relief to the president.

Mr Boehner, usually a fierce critic of the president, is the leader of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, where so many of Mr Obama's plans have met their death.

Another leading politician who often has harsh words for the president, Senator John McCain, appears to be on board too, although he says he needs more clarification before he puts himself in the "yes" camp.

They may persuade some of their colleagues, but the real importance of their change of heart is the indication of mainstream Republican thinking.

I'm up on Capitol Hill at the moment. Many are still listening to the arguments, keeping their council on how they will vote.

But it is more than possible that however much they dislike the president, they do not want to leave their country in a position where so many have already argued it would be weakened in the eyes of the world.

Mark Mardell, North America editor Article written by Mark Mardell Mark Mardell North America editor

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    Comment number 220.


    I suggest you read the unqualified Ashton's biography


    Says someone who claimed she was an mp. Chuckles

    You really need to get out and learn about the world, at that means not listening to BBC4 and reading the Guardian


    Ha Ha Ha! The desperate old chestnut argument appears :)

    213 & 217

    I believe you are correct.

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    Comment number 219.

    218 Magic

    "You really need to get out and learn about the world, at that means not listening to BBC4 and reading the Guardian"

    I shall follow your advice - It will be Fox news for me from now on

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    Comment number 218.

    ref #216

    I suggest you read the unqualified Ashton's biography, like Obama she earned nothing on merits.

    Evey criticsm including her nobody status in Britain is accurate

    You really need to get out and learn about the world, at that means not listening to BBC4 and reading the Guardian

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    Comment number 217.

    215 You are a warmonger who don't care about USA just Israel

    maybe you are not american and those US posters that disowned you 50 moons ago were bang on the money

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    Comment number 216.

    204 Magic

    "And the people in Europe need to admidt that GWB was a far wiser leader than Obama "

    Americans aren't normally known for their keen sense of humour...

    "Catherine Ashton besides being a clueless bimbo was a back benches in the Commons"

    You should follow that well known dictum:

    "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging."


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