In search of…Republican moderates

House Republican leader John Boehner says the GOP wants moderates in the party and calls the special election for a New York congressional seat an unusual situation.

The Republican nominee in an upstate New York district dropped out of the race Saturday, just days ahead of the Tuesday election. Moderate GOP candidate Dierdre Scozzafava (skoh-zuh-FAH’-vuh) had been losing support to the Conservative Party candidate, Doug Hoffman, a former Republican.

Hoffman drew endorsements from former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and other prominent Republicans.

John Boehner says the GOP needs a broad group of people who share conservative values.

Boehner spoke Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”