Social conservatives who gathered at the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. made no secret their feelings about the news that House Speaker John Boehner is resigning. The news came via the main stage of the event, where presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio was addressing the crowd Friday morning. Rubio listed some of the reasons conservatives are frustrated with the Republican leadership in Washington. “How can it be that we sent a Republican majority to Congress, and yet they’re still not able to stop our country from sliding in the wrong direction?” he said. “We’ll see how things progress,” Rubio added. “Just a few minutes ago, Speaker Boehner announced that he will be resigning.” The ballroom immediately erupted in loud and sustained applause, with perhaps half the crowd rising in a standing ovation. Rubio seemed a little surprised by how exuberantly the crowd reacted to the news. After pausing he said, “I’m not here to bash anyone, but the time has come to turn the page and allow a new generation of leadership in this country,” adding, “and that extends to the White House and the presidency, as well,” drawing further applause from the audience.