Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama may put a dent into new numbers that indicate more than half of all Americans aren't familiar with the top Republican in the House.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday morning, 55 percent of the public doesn't know enough about House Minority Leader John Boehner to form an opinion.
But that high number may go down, thanks to Obama. A few hours after the release of the survey, the president mentioned Boehner's name eight times in a speech on the economy that he delivered in Ohio and was widely covered by the news media.
Boehner, who's been a very vocal critic of Obama, is expected to become speaker of the House if the GOP wins back control of the chamber in November's midterm elections. The Ohio Republican recently gave a high profile speech in his home state slamming White House economic policies.
Obama responded Wednesday, using one of his eight references to Boehner to say that "a few weeks ago, the Republican leader of the House came here to Cleveland and offered his party's answer to our economic challenges. Now, it would be one thing if he admitted his party's mistakes during the eight years they were in power, and was offering a credible new approach to solving our country's problems. but that's not what happened. there were no new policies from Mr. Boehner. There were no new ideas."
Boehner immediately lashed back at Obama, declaring in a written statement that if the president "is serious about finally focusing on jobs, a good start would be taking the advice of his recently departed budget director and freezing all tax rates, coupled with cutting federal spending to where it was before all the bailouts, government takeovers, and 'stimulus' spending sprees."