Boehner endorses Romney
April 17th, 2012
11:54 AM ET
6 years ago

Boehner endorses Romney

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president on Tuesday, after repeatedly evading questions on the Republican presidential race for months.

Citing his role as chairman of the GOP national convention Boehner has refused to comment on the Republican contest, but Boehner acknowledged for the first time on Tuesday "it's clear now that Mitt Romney is going to our nominee."

Boehner said Romney's economic policies "contrast sharply with the failed economic policies of President Obama."

"I will be proud to support Mitt Romney and do everything I can to help him win," Boehner told reporters after he met with House Republicans to discuss the November elections.

Although Romney has not locked up the delegates he needs to officially take the mantle as the GOP nominee, talks between his campaign and top Congressional Republicans have started.

According to a senior GOP leadership staffer, policy aides to Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have had two conference calls recently with a member of the Romney campaign to discuss items coming up on the Congressional calendar. This aide stressed these discussions have been confined to items coming up on the legislative agenda.

"There have been conversations between some Congressional Republican leadership offices and the Romney campaign's policy staff about Congressional scheduling," this aide told CNN.

Cantor endorsed Romney right before his home state of Virginia held its primary last month, but the two top Congressional GOP leaders – Boehner and McConnell – avoided commenting on the lengthy battle for the nomination, until Tuesday.

McConnell also formally endorsed Romney on Tuesday, telling reporters on Capitol Hill the Republican Party is "behind him."

During an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" earlier this month, the Kentucky senator predicted Romney would be the party's nominee and said "he's going to be an excellent candidate."

Filed under: 2012 • John Boehner • Mitt Romney
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. AJS

    Talk about "thick as thieves". Makes you want to move to Canada.

    April 17, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |

    The news just keeps getting worse for Willard. The President will not just be running against Willard come the fall, but he's running agaiinst this do nothing Congress as well. Seeing Boehner, McConnell and Cantor lined up behind Willard is just adding fuel to the fire. The republican party has been nothing but obstructionists for the last 3 years. We voters know this and will make them pay dearly this November. R.I.P.G.O.P.

    April 17, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Harry Wreckdom

    Well this endorsement certainly cements the fact that I won't be voting for Rmoney.....
    Real pair of aces there!!

    April 17, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    "We voters know this and will make them pay dearly this November. R.I.P.G.O.P."
    Haven't read such a lame comment since Dutch from Bad Newz used to post here.

    April 17, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Lucky

    I will be voting for Obama in November. The republicans are bad news. The Bush tax cuts must end.

    April 17, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. mk1

    Another reason NOT to vote for Romney.

    April 17, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Beverly - NYC

    We isn't that special, Bohner put down his adult beverage to give Mitt a luke warm endorsement. BTW Mr. B where are all the jobs, jobs jobs your party promised in 2010, shouldn't unemployment be 5% by now, or did your party lie to the American people once again?

    April 17, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. App

    Dang I thought Boehner was gonna come out for Obama this go around...

    April 17, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    Beverly – NYC - BTW Mr. B where are all the jobs, jobs jobs your party promised in 2010,
    Do you live under a rock??? Ther eha sbeen positive job growth EVERY MONTH since the Republicans took control of the House and put a stop to the Democrats drunken spending spree.

    >shouldn't unemployment be 5% by now, or did your party lie to the American people once again?

    Republicans didn't promise this. It was Obama's incompetent economic advisors when they passed the failed stimulus plan. A trillion dollar waste of money that was supposed to keep unemployment under 8% and it hasn't been there since. So you need to ask Obama and the Democrats why they failed even when given a trillion dollars.

    April 17, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    What about the Mr. Young Gun, Paul Ryan? When is he endorsing Romney? Romney has already thrown his support behind the revamped Ryan Budget. I am surprised Ryan's remark about his own budget has not gotten more attention.

    "We are not cutting revenues. We are cutting rates."

    That's like taking food away from a starving man and saying, "We are not cutting his meals. We are cutting his calories."

    April 17, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    @Beverly – NYC: "BTW Mr. B where are all the jobs, jobs jobs your party promised in 2010"

    They are over in China, China, China! And the GOP doesn't want to lift a finger to help bring any of those jobs back.

    April 17, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |

    Mr. Boehner, why couldn't you get the $4trillion dollar deal that you and the President negotiated on passed? Oh, I forgot. You have no power in your party. Your fascists House will come crumbling down on you in November.

    April 17, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. ST

    I wish Boehner could have remained quiet as he has been. His cold endorsement clicks in my mind that Romney will say anything on creating jobs, changing the economy and once he is in the WH (if at all this happens), he will do nothing the same like Boehner.

    April 17, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Cry me a river !

    April 17, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    I knew it.. I knew it! It is Dutch!!! How many freekin names you post under?

    April 17, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. JOHN

    What going be sweet is when both Boehner and Mitt lost!!!!! AKA the floater

    April 17, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Mikey

    @Truth – And what exactly did they do to create jobs? Did they pass any bills except the couple of the President's bills they didn't block, but instead begrudgingly passed? All they are doing is riding on the coattails of the impact of the stimulus and other steps they weren't able to filabuster successfully that were passed when the Dems had control of the House and a stronger majority in the Senate.

    BTW, I think Boehner's endorsement went something like this; "Romney's running for President. I'll drink to that." Then he began to cry. He is the worst speaker since Gingrich – can't even control his own caucus.

    April 17, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. FlotsamJetsam

    Two points about this:

    1. Does anybody care? I think even more President Obama , Congress is truly despised by the public. Boehner represents partisan politics at the worst. Even when ideas originally come from the Republicans they are instantly denounced by Boehner upon arrival.

    2. As others have mentioned to make this endorsement so late in the process and with so little enthusiasm it says to the public, " well i guess we have no other candidates coming forward!" This after a long string of one and down challengers. Add this to the list of resounding endorsements of McCain, Ryan, Christie and Jeb Bush. The only one that has stayed away is GW Bush knowing that his endorsement would be the kiss of death for Romney.

    Now we will see who decides to be Romney's VP choice. Sorry but i see a lot of the big names backing away afraid that they will be "damaged goods" for running with someone who is sure to lose.

    April 17, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    BTW, the drunken GSA spending spree in Las Vegas was funded by the Obama's "stimulus plan", money that our grandchildren will be stuck paying back, with interest. Yes, sure makes me want to send that money in with my return today.

    Obama/2012 - Because $5 TRILLION of new debt is just the beginning

    April 17, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. sassysticks53

    LOL! Bonehead has no choice but to endorse The Etch-A-Sketch, Flip Flopping, Tax Cheating, Mr. One Percent!

    April 17, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Biggge

    not sure that helped the cause much, where has this guy been anyway....This guy has not been working for the people for months...He has been hiding from the Tea Party...

    April 17, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Nobodies Pon

    The Republicans threw this one away 2016 new start

    April 17, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |

    @ Fair.....I go by my many names. But I don't have as many names as Willard has flip flops.

    April 17, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. sassysticks53

    LOL! Bonehead and all the GOP clowns have no choice but to endorse Mr. Etch-A-Sketch, Flip Flopping, Tax Cheating, One Percent! No Choice! LOL!

    April 17, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Evangenital

    Did he cry?

    April 17, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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