November 4th, 2012
04:50 PM ET
1 year 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. Roy

    Dream on, Mr Boehner

    November 5, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  2. angelosdaughter

    For me, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell should be in jail for treason for their confessed agenda to make Mr. Obama a one-term president, obstructing him every way they could and the h_ _ll with doing the job they were elected to do for the good of the country.
    I can't believe any rational person would want to put an inexperienced waffler who is already a joke on the international scene in the White House in such volatile times. We need experience and a President who has earned international respect. That is NOT Mitt Romney.
    If God hates us and Romney is elected, I will spend the next 4 years doing my best to ignore him as I did George W. Bush after he started the war in Iraq, Idiots such as these two characters just make me see red. It's not good for my blood pressure.
    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

    November 5, 2012 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  3. BCaseyC

    Yea... what does he know anyway? He's only been working in politics for 40 years...

    November 5, 2012 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  4. BCaseyC

    Yea... what does he know? He's only been working in politics for 40 years...

    November 5, 2012 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  5. BCaseyC

    Yea... what does he know anyway? He's only been working in elections for 40 years...

    November 5, 2012 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  6. BCaseyC

    Comment deleted

    November 5, 2012 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  7. guest

    Any Undecideds- PLEASE take a moment to think about this from a new angle– in the event of a R/R administration Paul Ryan is a heart beat away from being the leader of the free world. That thought is as frightening and insulting to America as was the the thought of having Sarah Plain "on deck " in 2008. The enormity of his inexperience and close mindedness is mind boggling.

    November 5, 2012 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  8. MJ

    A REPUBLICAN congressman predicts that HIS candidate will win HIS state. This is a CNN Exclusive?

    November 5, 2012 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  9. polycarp pio

    Romney will win and will be the 45th President of the United States of America. PP

    November 5, 2012 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  10. Heath Milo

    He looks like either he doesn't believe the words coming out of his mouth, or he's desperately trying to hold in a fart.

    November 5, 2012 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  11. Anayo

    The Republicans wants to win this election by words of mouth only. Mit Romney got a plan to create twelve million jobs and he is keeping it a secret till he wins the election. where is the plan? Were are the specifics? You don't creat jobs simply by saying you will create jobs. Show us the plan. By the way, Boehner your prediction is wrong

    November 5, 2012 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  12. Steve Smith

    Boehner also predicted that with a GOP hosue, jobs wold be created. Instad, approval of congress cold hardly be lower. I wld not believe this guy if he told me the time using my own watch.

    November 5, 2012 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  13. S Arand

    Southwestern Ohio will carry Ohio and Election for Romney!

    November 5, 2012 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  14. daniel

    It's looks like that Democrats are not onlygoing to win the White House but also both houses. We all know that the Tea party leaders had been working hard not to help the President in nation building.

    November 5, 2012 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  15. John

    Because the electronic voting machines obey their owners not the voters......

    November 5, 2012 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  16. ultimately

    Boehner has been awful quiet during this last year........does he get it that people are tired of his lack of leadership as well?

    November 5, 2012 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  17. No one

    Is the leatherman still talking?

    November 5, 2012 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  18. cj

    What are the bills you want to take up after the election? What kind job legislation specifically? How will that be affected by who wins? Can we expect bipartesinship?

    November 5, 2012 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  19. Brian

    A politician forecasting his party's win. Mesmerizing.

    November 5, 2012 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  20. Joseph

    This liar won't even pronounce his name the way its really pronounced.Obama has 51% polling in Ohio.No legal way to beat that.Try stealing this one Repukes and you're going to find yourselves piked around the Capital.

    November 5, 2012 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  21. Sheryl of Salem

    Of course they caught up with Boehner in a sports bar....The fact that anyone would vote for a flip-flopper like Romney and a fascist like Ryan astounds me! And even worse, many people are voting against their own self-interest. Wake up people! Before it's too late. Romney is more of Bush. If you want to blame anyone for the fact that we didn't grow as much as we should have for the past 4 years, then blame the do-nothing Republican congress- of which John Boehner is the head of. They chose to put politics before the good of this country, before the good of American people! How could you possibly reward them with the White House? They're trying to trick you! Give Obama 4 more years and you're going to see a man who is going to go all-out for the middle class. Vote for Romney and he's just going to be a puppet for the wealthy who contributed to his election and got him elected. He owes too many wealthy people... they didn't contribute to his campaign for the middle class. They did it for their class, the rich and powerful corporations. They are NOT the job creators. If they were then where are the jobs? No one is holding them back. Do you think Romney has even one origional thought in his head? He's bought and paid for. It's DIRTY MONEY folks. Think about it. Please don't be fooled. Vote Obama/Biden. The democratic party is the party that really cares for the middle class.

    November 5, 2012 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  22. Marry

    "Do nothing Boehner" wants our vote? Party of "NO" wants our vote? They've got NERVE!
    Please, OHIO, vote FOR all of US! Go and vote against trickle down! VOTE against the GOP "harvesting" the country again!
    Do not get cheated by the GOP! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR THE COUNTRY!!!

    November 5, 2012 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  23. Travis Bruno-Erck

    It's not over until the fat lady sings Boehner. And were coming for you and your corrupted numskulls next. Your gone buddy were sick of the corruption and destruction your party has caused.

    November 5, 2012 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  24. Honestly

    "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."

    "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."
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    OK, so Boehner first states Mitt is doing well. Then that polls don't matter. Then that Obama is doing well. Then that polls do matter.

    This whole flip-flopping disease must be contagious. Best to quarantine Mitt and stop the spread.

    November 5, 2012 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  25. MOCaseA

    Of course he is going to say Romney/Ryan! He's a supporter, and what sort of supporter would he be if he said "While Romney/Ryan gave it a good go, I think Obama/Biden will win in the end."

    November 5, 2012 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
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