Boehner endorses Romney
April 17th, 2012
11:54 AM ET
2 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. foxniose

    Looks like Boehner has been on another bender.

    April 17, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. MTATL67

    Endorse a candidate when it is down to 2 candidates....pathetic. No wonder his tenure as Speaker has been a monumental failure.

    April 17, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. WhereIsPalin

    Ah, yes. The endorsement we've all been waiting for.

    April 17, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. dave

    Let's all remember that the House of Representatives is up for election every 2 years. Boehner and Cantor both have an election to win in November. And Boehner is from Ohio. Ohioans are not really giving Republicans a warm fuzzy feeling after their attempts to stifle collective bargaining, and the other legislative attacks on voting rights, womens' reproductive rights, etc. Virginia passed an ultrasound bill, as have many other states. Hope you aren't counting on the womens' vote Eric. I feel thier futures are far from certain. We will see in November.

    April 17, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Polls have Romney over Obama by 2-3 points. A GREAT starting point for Romney!!"

    And other polls have him down by more. Do you guys just make sure to look only where you expect to find information that will confirm your bias? Seriously...Obama's up by +3.0 in the average and two of the polls putting Mittens on top have severe credibility issues due to methodology problems (Rasmussen) and blatant bias (Faux):

    Rasmussen Tracking 4/14 – 4/16 45 46 Romney +1
    Gallup Tracking 4/12 – 4/16 43 48 Romney +5
    CNN/Opinion Research 4/13 – 4/15 52 43 Obama +9
    Reuters/Ipsos 4/12 – 4/15 47 43 Obama +4
    FOX News 4/9 – 4/11 44 46 Romney +2
    ABC News/Wash Post 4/5 – 4/8 51 44 Obama +7
    IBD/CSM/TIPP 3/30 – 4/5 46 38 Obama +8
    AVERAGE: Obama +3

    April 17, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote on page 2:

    Democrats don't understand ANYTHING about the economy, except how to WRECK it.
    --------------------
    I guess that explains why it was in such great shape when Reagan took over. (growing)
    I guess that explains why it was in such great shape when George H. W. Bush took over. (stagnant)
    I guess that explains why it was in such great shape when Clinton took over. (stagnant)
    I guess that explains why it was in such great shape when George W. Bush took over. (booming)
    I guess that explains why it was in such great shape when Obama took over. (complete free fall)

    April 17, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. carlos

    The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth.......nothing but slime and complete ignorance from this below plant level IQ embarrasment of CONservative putrid ideas.

    April 17, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. carlos

    The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth says: BWAHAHAHHAHAHA......complete lack of cranial mass...

    April 17, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Looks like someone is attacking character instead of facts...
    -------------–
    What facts? "Democrats don't understand ANYTHING about the economy, except how to WRECK it."

    If you mean that fact, I agree with it. Cannot dispute it. Democrats do understand how to WRECK the economy. The trouble is that it has been the Republicans who are the ones who actually go out and do it.

    April 17, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. bill

    romney, the gop is going to kill any chance you have in 2012

    April 17, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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