(CNSNews.com) -- House Speaker John Boehner held a press briefing at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon where he congratulated Barack Obama and indicated Republicans in Congress were ready to be led by him.
“Mr President, this is your moment. We’re ready to be led," said Boehner. "Not as Democrats or Republicans but as Americans. We want you to lead not as a liberal or a conservative but as president of the United States of America.
“We want you to succeed,” said Boehner. “Let’s challenge ourselves to find the common ground that has eluded us. Let’s rise above the dysfunction and do the right thing together for our country.”
Shortly after Obama won re-election, Boehner released a statement emphasizing the importance of both parties finding common ground.
"If there is a mandate, it is a mandate for both parties to find common ground and take steps together to help our economy grow and create jobs, which is critical to solving our debt," Boehner said in a written statement.