Battleground Blog: Boehner rallies for 'real recovery'
November 3rd, 2012
02:16 PM ET
1 year ago

Battleground Blog: Boehner rallies for 'real recovery'

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. The following dispatch is from CNN's Deirdre Walsh who is traveling with House Speaker John Boehner on an Ohio bus tour over this pre-election weekend.

Lebanon, Ohio (CNN)
- When House Speaker John Boehner took the small stage at the first event on his three day statewide bus tour his mission was clear - rally the GOP faithful to get to the polls and make sure this solidly red county turns out in big numbers for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

"Three more days!" Boehner chanted along with the small crowd of GOP supporters in a parking lot outside the Warren county victory center.

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Sporting a red "Real Recovery Road Rally" fleece, the House speaker told supporters it was day 43 of a 45 day trip across the country for the GOP ticket and House Republican candidates.

Boehner's was a much smaller crowd than the almost 30,000 Republican supporters who attended a rally with Romney in Boehner's hometown of West Chester on Friday night.

The speaker stuck to his economic message – saying of the President, "He promised change, he promised post-partisan politics, and you know the fact is he hasn't done what he said he would do."

Voters in Warren County overwhelmingly backed Sen. John McCain four years ago, and Boehner stood in the parking lot just behind GOP Senator Rob Portman's family's hotel the GoldenLamb.

"Have fun – now go work," Boehner told the crowd.


Filed under: 2012 • John Boehner • Ohio
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. roro

    Boehner had plenty of opportunities to help set this country on the right path, but he chose to wimp out and let the right wing tea party obstructionists take over the party. He and Obama had made the grand deal, and Boehner once again was cowed by the bullies in the Republican Party – even by Grover Norquist who has no government position, but who is forcing the Reps to do what he says. They're all like little tin soldiers. They should all be ashamed of themselves for keeping this country from moving forward, and letting the middle class pay for their obstructionism. Bad boys!! Go to your room!!

    November 3, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Larry in Houston

    I'd rather see Pelosi as speaker than Boehner – at least she got things done – and worked w/ the president – He should go back to his brothers bar business, and work there.

    May the Best Man Win – 2012

    November 3, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Indy

    Boehner has heeded the Mitch McConnell orders to block all progress for Americans and The President so you can see why he thinks the people will be fooled by all the Romney and Ryan lies and thus he thinks three more days for Obama. The only way there will be a "Real Recovery Road Rally" is when we get rid of the Boehners,McConnell's,Cantor's and Paul Ryans and it starts with Obamas second term

    November 3, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Ken

    Love the size of the crowd!!!! Boy – Boehner REALLY pulls them in!!!!!

    November 3, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. becky

    Where has he been for four years? Where are the jobs he brought to Ohio? When did he lead his Party in the House? When did he attempt to bring a bipartisan feeling to Congress and to work on getting things done instead of stonewalling?

    Note the color of the bus. It is the green of the Army uniform. The Republicans would like to increase the size of the military. Are those the jobs and if so won't the taxpayers be funding that so-called recovery.

    The money approved at the end of the Bush administration was well spent by some states. Infrastructure work was done on roads, schools, public buildings, etc. People were given jobs. Had Congress helped to continue that forward movement we just might not be in this predicament. Instead, Congress bickered and acted like petulant children. WE are the losers. Now Mr. Boehner would have us believe that he will work for us. He shed his tears but he did not help us at all.

    November 3, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. Donkey Party

    This man, as well as all the GOP, should be shot for treason. They have obstructed progress from day one, and have done everything they can to ruin the country. They are nothing but domestic terrorists, and anyone who casts a vote for any of them is guilty of giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

    November 3, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. malcolm in St Louis

    He will be embarrassed by his inability to deliver his own state to Romney. A little humiliation will be good for him.

    November 3, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  8. hankers

    ""Three more days!" Boehner chanted along with the small crowd of GOP supporters in a parking lot outside the Warren county victory center." ... must be a big disappointment giving a speach in front of 20 people. I think I saw a tear come to his eyes.

    November 3, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Bomb threats at voter stations in FL, power outages at voting sites in Ohio. Sure sounds like republican shenanigans again to me. Oh, and there is also this:

    Mitt and Ann Romney were notified today that they have been charged of ethics violations.

    Remember... this is not a criminal (jail) or civil (probably settlement) charge. It is ethical, which at minimum would discredit his corporations (he'd then dissolve them) and probably end in a fine or settlement which would only be a fraction of the actual profit. Depending on how this shook out, criminal charges of fraud (based on the viability of the company vs the 12.9b payout) might follow. That would mean jail. If he were president, he would prob be impeached and removed from office giving us President Ryan.

    November 3, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. Bill from GA

    Is this the same Boehner who blocked every jobs bill Our President has tried to pass?

    November 4, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  11. bb

    The logo on the side of the bus in the photo above reads "MORE JOBS, more freedom". Now where have I heard that before? Oh yeah...back in 2010 when Boehner was promising JOBS, JOBS, JOBS.

    November 4, 2012 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I hope that the Speaker understands that his party in control of the House didn't exactly help pace of the recovery. There was a grand bargin that he was to push through and couldn't muster the balls to do it. Part of the lack of recovery points to him and the uncontrolled teapublicans who can't see what must be done for the future.

    I think that all these Republicans who whine about government control and want "more freedom" don't seem to understand that most people do take responsiblity for themselve already. It seems that many that want "more freedom" are ones that either don't know what to do with what they have or are looking to use this so called freedom that they want to not to have to take responsiblity for the mistakes that they have made already.

    November 4, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
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