John Boehner is officially resigning after serving 24 years in the House and the last five years as its speaker.

Boehner sat down with Bill Hemmer for an emotional exit interview.

"I played a role in a fight that's been going on for over 200 years, over the appropriate size, scope and cost of government," Boehner said. "I came here to fight for a smaller, less costly, more accountable government."

He said that he realized over the years that there is no winning that "constant struggle."

Boehner said that despite his many disagreements with President Obama, they had a good relationship.

"The president called me the day I announced my retirement, and we were having a nice conversation. At one point, he said, 'Boehner, man, I'm going to miss you.' I said, 'Yes, you are, Mr. President. Yes, you are.'"

Watch the full interview above.


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