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John Boehner admits he never believed in government shutdown, calls it a 'predictable disaster'

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House Speaker John Boehner admitted during an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" that last year's government shutdown wasn't the right thing to do, but he agreed to go along with his Republican colleagues anyway.

"When I looked up, I saw my colleagues going this way. You learn that a leader without followers is simply a man taking a walk. So I said, 'If you want to go fight this fight, I'll go fight the fight with you,'" Boehner said. "But it was a very predictable disaster. So the sooner we got it over with the better. We were fighting for the right thing, but I just thought tactically it wasn't the right thing to do."

Leno asked Boehner what he thought of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas.

"Ted Cruz used to be my attorney a long time ago. A good guy," Boehner said. "I don't always agree with him, but he's a good guy."

Leno also asked Boehner if he would ever run for president.

"No," he said. "Listen, I like to play golf. I like to cut my own grass. You know, I do drink red wine, I smoke cigarettes and I'm not giving that up to be president of the United States."

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