House Republican leader John Boehner says President Barack Obama should fire members of his economic team and work with the GOP to change the "ongoing economic uncertainty" in the U.S.
In a speech to the City Club of Cleveland, Boehner said more than a year of "government as community organizer" has failed to revive the economy. He then urged the president to seek the resignations of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers, the head of the White House Economic Council.
"It hasn't worked," Boehner said, referring to the current handling of the economy. "Never before has the need for a fresh start in Washington been more pressing."
The White House quickly rejected the call and shot back, saying Republicans led the country to financial disaster and would wind up hurting taxpayers even more.
"We've seen this movie before, Mr. Boehner," Vice President Joe Biden said. "We've seen it before and we know how it ends. The American people deserve something different and something better."
Boehner promised that he would run things differently if Republicans capture control of the House in the fall and he is elected speaker of the House.
Biden said it's clear that Boehner's comments were rooted in political strategy.
"It's merely a list of the things that they think the president should not do," Vice President Joe Biden said. "So after all this build-up and hype, all we know is what John Boehner and his Republican colleagues are against. I know what they're against. What I don't know.... I don't know what they're for that's going to change our economic circumstance."
Boehner also wants President Obama to work with the GOP to renew the tax cuts created by former President George W. Bush.