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Once a critic, Raul Labrador lauds John Boehner in government shutdown

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Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, praised House Speaker John Boehner for his support of conservatives during the fight to defund or delay Obamacare during a conversation with reporters on Wednesday.

"I've been really proud of Speaker Boehner," Labrador said, when asked by reporters about Boehner's future as Speaker of the House. "I'm more upset with my Republican conference."

Labrador defended Boeher's attempt to build a compromise bill on the debt limit and the government shutdown, even though the proposal fell apart on Tuesday due to a rebellion among moderate House Republicans.

“If anybody should be kicked out it’s probably those Republicans — and not Speaker Boehner — who are unwilling to keep the promises they made,” Labrador said, referring to House Republican moderates.

“Those are the people who should be looking behind their back, I don’t think Speaker Boehner has anything to worry about right now.”

Labrador's support marks a big change from the 2012 debt limit fight, when he was one of Boehner's fiercest critics.

In January 2013, Labrador wouldn't vote for Boehner when it came time to pick a House Speaker. Instead, he remained silent when his name was called, which was eventually registered as "not voting."

“I decided to speak with my silence,” Labrador explained afterwards. “There was nobody at that moment I thought would be a good speaker.”

At the time, Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. voted for Labrador as speaker instead of Boehner, the only vote in favor of the Utah freshman.

"As I said at the time, Raul would defend liberty and work honestly with Democrats on debt reduction," Amash explained after his vote. "He would make a great Speaker."

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