The Washington Times - September 8, 2010, 03:22PM

The president, speaking in Cleveland today, took several verbal swipes at House Minority Leader John Boehner, mentioning the Ohio congressman by name at least three times.

“There were no new policies from Mr. Boehner,” Obama said. “There were no new ideas.”

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The president in recent days has taken a much more aggressive approach to defending his administration against critics, including Mr. Boehner.

The Ohio congressman is in line to become speaker if the Republicans retake the House in November.

A smiling Mr. Boehner, in an earlier appearance Wednesday on Good Morning America, was more conciliatory than the president, saying he was “open” to the administration’s new tax cut proposals.