Q: The business community's relations with the White House:
A: "There are more quiet gatherings and pulse-taking.... We are in better shape than we were."
The need to deal with entitlements like Social Security:
"Unsustainable entitlements are the root cause of our deficits and debts – and please note that is no administration's fault. It is a demographic reality."
Whether the Chamber will try to oust tea party incumbents in 2014 primaries and elect more business-friendly candidates:
"We have no idea what we are going to have on the table. We still have to see who is running."
"I ... think about him as a tennis player.... If you are going to rush the net all the time, you better have a lot of motion to the left and the right. He hasn't proved that to me yet."
His response to businesspeople who say Senator Cruz should 'sit down and shut up':
"Well, that might be one thing we could work on."
Why in 2014 the Chamber will focus on holding the House for the GOP:
"I would not like to see this administration with the White House, the Senate, and the House ... it would be a long two years."