06/01/2011 10:55 pm ET | Updated Aug 01, 2011

John Boehner: Medicare Not Defining Issue In New York Special Election

Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday downplayed the significance of the Medicare debate in a recent New York special election, saying that it played a minor role in the GOP's loss of a historically strong Republican district.

"Was Medicare a defining issue? I don't think so," the Ohio Republican told a small group of reporters in his office.

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