Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner, who has repeatedly declined to weigh in on the 2012 Republican presidential field, on Tuesday praised Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota), who officially joined the race during Monday night's GOP debate in New Hampshire.
"I think she did a really good job last night," Boehner said when asked about Bachmann's performance in the CNN debate. "I think she is a bright member of our caucus. It's one of the reasons why I appointed her to the intelligence committee."
Boehner also said he believes the other Republican House members competing for the nomination, including Texas Rep. Ron Paul, stack up well against the other Republican candidates.
"I think my colleagues in the House that are in this race have as good a shot as anybody else," Boehner said. "I think we saw a bright field of candidates"
"It is going to be a long process," Boehner added, declining to endorse a candidate.