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. Ames IA

    "Ohioans vote with their wallets" – I think Boehner has been to too many $5000 chicken dinners on Indian Hill and doesn't understand how America is supposed to work.

    November 5, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  2. luke,az

    Not gonna happen. Rep. Boehner,the lead obstructionist, doesn't have a clue. Gov. Romney's statement saying "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" will swing Ohio to President Obama. My wife and I just bought a Chevy Cruze for our daughter, who attends NAU. GM IS BACK.

    November 5, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  3. reginaldb6

    The only way Romney will win Ohio is steal it.

    November 5, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    Translation: We will cheat if necessary to win Ohio. I hope the people of Ohio show them and also get rid of Boehner so he can become a full time drunk. He's absolutely USELESS.

    OBAMA 2012!

    November 5, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  5. Howie

    Hopefully intelligent people will out number the Liberals in Ohio and across this great nation. Romney will be able to work with a dem or repub congress to stop the borrowing from foreign countries to run this USA. And stop energy dependence. Romney Ryan 2012!!

    November 5, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  6. janer52

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    November 5, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  7. Embarrased by Cheap Romney Tactics

    if Romney wins, he'll put Karl "Adolph Eichmann" Rove in charge of the 47%. "Are there no workhouses, no prisons?"

    November 5, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  8. UBS, WILLARD & 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    Boehner must have taken a few shots too many if he thinks Willard is going to win Ohio. I can't wait until Nancy Pelosi is Speaker again. Send the crybaby back to Ohio.

    November 5, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  9. LegalizeReason

    Lrt's just hope the GOP loses the House so this clown can go back to playing golf and taking money from lobbyists.

    November 5, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  10. dsangiovanni

    Big prediction is you and GOP out of Congress !!

    November 5, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  11. curious

    How soon we forget. In 2000 and 2004, the republicans ethusiastically voted for George W Bush. In 2010, every republican candiate for the House and Senate promised jobs. Now they bring us the disaster in waiting, Willard Romney. God save America from these fools.

    November 5, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  12. Kate

    The people of Ohio aren't that stupid!

    November 5, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  13. iconperson

    The "Tan Man" is looking a tad bit scared as he should. But what I really love is Karl Rove starting to cover his ass by saying hurricaine Sandy could cost Romney the race. Really Karl????

    November 5, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  14. TrueIndependent

    I agree! There is NO way that Americans want 4 more years of this..................

    November 5, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  15. Steve

    How many states does Mitt hail from?

    November 5, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  16. Donkey Party

    The GOP grand old lie about "momentum" continues, as does the delusion that Romney will win Ohio. They're counting on the most ignorant voters to carry them, and that's just not going to happen.

    November 5, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  17. Ludwig

    Boehner must have had an extra large helping of Skyline Chili to produce that much BS.

    November 5, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  18. HankLion

    And Romney says he 'might lose' to Obama tomorrow....
    I know where that is going.

    In other news: Romney avoids paying 80 mln euro's in divident tax by having a Dutch shell company own stocks for an Irish company he owns and by selling stock to a non-profit owed by one of his sons.

    November 5, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  19. Pat in IL

    Wen it comes down to it, Romney doesn't stand a chance. I know too many people who say they are going to vote republican just because they are republicans. Whe they get in the voting booth, though, I am pretty sure their intelligence will kick in and they will vote for someone who wants better lives for all Americans and doesn't just want to 'be president'. Obama is a shoe-in to win this election.

    November 5, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  20. melpa

    I get all the real reasons, but part of me, the part that's been to Ohio several times, wonders why this place is the deciding factor of anything. They still haven't figured out that blinkers exist!

    November 5, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  21. Marty, FL

    Romney wanted to let GM go bankrupt.

    After Pres. Obama successfully saved our American industry, Mitt 'pants-on-fire' Romney desperately lied about Jeep.

    The choice is clear–Obama/Biden 2012

    November 5, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  22. My big prediction...

    Mr. Boehner will cry when he loses his job.

    November 5, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  23. liz

    So Boehner is basically saying the Voters in Ohio are so stupid the will vote against their best interest. I think not I would not be surprised to see Barack Obama holding up a news paper with the headline "Romney Wins" as he is being declared the winner.

    November 5, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  24. Karl Meyer

    It might help Mitt that his son owns the voting machines in Ohio...i can't think of a bigger conflict of interest in an election. We already know Mitt will lie about anything and everything. The rotten fruit doesn't fall far from the rotten tree. I'm sure cheating and lying isn't something Mitt's kid isn't willing to do for his own personal gain.

    November 5, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  25. PushingBack

    I wonder what Ann Coulter's Boehner is predicting these days?

    November 5, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
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