November 4th, 2012
04:50 PM ET
2 years ago

FIRST ON CNN: Boehner says Romney will win Ohio, despite auto bailout issue

Wadsworth, Ohio (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday said he was "very confident" that Mitt Romney will win his home state of Ohio on Tuesday, but acknowledged that the auto bailout has helped the president with some voters here.

"Romney is doing well in Ohio. You know, polls don't decide elections, voters do," the speaker said, though he later added "the auto bailout may help the president in Ohio a little."

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"But when you look at polling, it wouldn't indicate that that's had much of a factor at all," he continued. "Enthusiasm is on our side."

Boehner made his comments while sitting in a sports bar in Wadsworth, as customers watched the Cincinnati Bengals (Boehner's favorite team) battle the Denver Broncos. The Cleveland Browns also played Sunday, losing to the Baltimore Ravens.

Donning a red Romney campaign pullover, Boehner said it's possible for the GOP nominee to win the election without carrying the Buckeye State, but said "it gets complicated."

"The easiest path for victory for Mitt Romney is to win here in Ohio. And you know when you start to see Romney's campaign being competitive in places like Pennsylvania and Michigan and Wisconsin, it tells me - it reinforces I'll say, reinforces with me that he's doing well here," he said.

Boehner took a lunch break after a morning stop on his three-day bus tour and talked to CNN exclusively. After spending Saturday rallying supporters in Republican strongholds on the western edge of the state, he traveled to an area outside Cleveland, where he held a rally with GOP freshman Congressman Jim Renacci. Renacci is in a neck-and-neck battle in a newly drawn congressional district with Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton, and the race has drawn the most outside money of any House seat in the country.

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Hoping to win over some undecided voters in a more left-leaning part of the state, Boehner was heading to Niles, a city in the northeastern part of the state and home to many working class voters. While Boehner was campaigning here, Romney held a rally up the highway in Cleveland.

President Barack Obama, meanwhile, holds a rally in Cincinnati Sunday and Vice President Joe Biden makes three stops in the state.

Despite public polls showing Obama with a slight edge in this mother of all battleground states, Boehner insisted Romney has the momentum here. He also thinks that he is within striking distance in Pennsylvania, which up until recently Democrats said was solidly blue.

"I've been around Ohio, I've done this trip around Ohio for a lot of presidential races in the past, and I think Ohioans vote with their wallets. That's why I think Romney's going to win on Tuesday," he said.

Boehner said it's always a closely contested race in Ohio, but added he had never seen anything on the level of the intensity both sides are putting into the state in 2012.

Before returning to his home state for the weekend get-out-the-vote effort for the GOP presidential ticket, Boehner traveled across the country for House GOP candidates. He dismissed projections from congressional analysts that the GOP could lose some seats on election night, saying he was confident there would be at least as many Republicans in the House as there are now.

Pressed on whether his party could build on the record gains they made in the 2010 midterm, Boehner told CNN it "might."

"Listen it's too early to tell, we've got a lot of races and a margin of error, it's just going to be a matter of what the turnout looks like and how these races close," he said. "But I feel good about where our team is."


Filed under: John Boehner • Mitt Romney • Ohio
soundoff (414 Responses)
  1. mitch

    Nancy, your Kool-Aid is getting warm, dear. You should go watch Phox Gnews and finish it.

    November 5, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. bisoncookie

    7 BIG REASONS TO GET OBAMA OUT: * Benghazi * Lack of Jobs * National Deficit * Fast and Furious * Our Children's Future * Socialized Medicine * American Exceptionalism

    November 5, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. bonnie

    Get your facts straight people!! Wages have been stagnant and dropping since Reagan!! Poverty has been increasing rapidly since the 1980's. We can thank Mr.Reagan's lovely trickle down affect. Uh huh. Love how the wealth has trickled up. Union busting so everyone can work for low wages. Romney...plan on even lower wages and lower standard of living.

    November 5, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Jon

    So many political guru's on CNN.com these days

    November 5, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. RegRepub

    Americans, do a search on all PACS and SuperPac money backers to determine if your being fed BS with the millions being pumped into this political campaign. The slogan this year should be, " Billions to subvert the election but not one dime to American workers."

    November 5, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. The Orangeman Lieth

    I predict Boehner will eventually perish from whatever is turning him orange. These guys are all full of it. We'll know Tuesday or Wednesday who won. President Obama – 4 more years!

    November 5, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. brucew29

    I feel very uneasy about the upcoming election for the president of the United States. I can NOT, for the life of me, understand how the Republican Party can get away with so many blatant lies, and obstruct voters' rights throughout our country. I strongly believe that the rest of the world, based upon what they are seeing from the Republican Party, would never trust a U.S. Republican administration again! First there was Bush and the WMD lies, and now the blatant lies from a president want-a-be Mitt Romney! The United States has lost its credibility throughout the world because of the Republican Party's highly visible lies and wrong-doings! If Mitt Romney ever becomes president it will be the final chapter on the United States and we will fade into oblivion and become another third world country!

    November 5, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. bonnie

    70 percent of all wealth is held by the top 1 percent. 30.years ago it was 40 percent. Gee, wonder why poverty has increased so much!!doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out. Wages are crap, I am a truck driver not by choice. Horrid, underpaid, no life job. Talk about slave wages!! What a joke. One of the most dangerous jobs. What a joke. Public has no respect for drivers. Yeah, let them do this horrid job. For that matter people can haul the goods on their back. I could care less!!

    November 5, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Mark of Tennessee

    When the GOP mouths are moving they are lying!! OBAMA 2012

    November 5, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Dadster

    I told you to quit watching fox news John! But then again, you always were a leg man and fox news shows plenty of that!

    November 5, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. John

    @Kr-"Yes this has been the worst recovery in modern history, more people below the poverty level, more people on foodstamps then ever. Wages have gone down over the past few years."

    It's called the transfer of wealty, and FYI, the statistics are abundant that that transfer has been flowing in only one direction.

    November 5, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Stopthemadness

    HE's been drinking again. Can anyone else tell those delusions of granduer are pretty awesome if you think about it.

    November 5, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Gigi

    I hope he wins and see you cried. This guy is going to work for the rich people not for you. Just cheat yourself he will be president for you. He is clueless.

    November 5, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. Paul

    Please tell me Boehnner will start crying when Romney loses Ohio

    November 5, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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