Boehner on averting fiscal cliff: 'God only knows'

House Speaker John Boehner says he

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, leaves after a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, following the GOP caucus. Boehner and the other House Republican leaders are calling for Obama to come up with plan they can accept for spending cuts and tax revenue to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax hikes and budget reductions. From left are, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va. and Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he's still open to talks with President Barack Obama on avoiding the double economic hit of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts but he needs Obama to compromise more.

Boehner spoke to reporters Friday morning, hours after his rank-and-file Republicans handed him a bitter defeat. Boehner was forced to pull his bill to raise taxes on millionaires because he didn't have the votes for passage.

He said he didn't know how the so-called "fiscal cliff" would be avoided. Said Boehner: "How we get there, God only knows."

Boehner expressed no concern about his standing as speaker.
Associated Press
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