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."
He fetched a bone to his dogs & didn't get it back. Can't get rid of these disobedient dogs, but still needs to keep feeding them. Stuck w/the hyjakers!!
Sure John. Keep saying that to yourself, and get ready for another four years of Cantor yelling in your ear about no compromises. If you do compromise and move the country forward, it will be all your fault. The GOP will actually gain ground, but don't worry about that. Just refuse to say yes to anything and Eric and the TP will still like you.
Guys, there is nothing bad in thinking that somebody is going to win even it does not look like. But the reality is. Who is the best person for this job for real. It's president Obama. Please guys, these things are about our nation. Republicans and democrats. All the citizens of the United states. Let's be united and vote for president Obama so that USA can regain it position of the best in the world. Peace,love and mercy be with you. Amen
Why because his son owns the company that they are voting with?
Mr. Boehner, after the election maybe coppertone or cigarette company will hire you. I bet you wish you were not just a puppet for the criminal GOP party. FOWARD 2012
Go cry in the corner, Boehner...Obama's won this thing!! Oh, and...time for more instant tanner, you're turning a little "light orange"...
Boehner is this countrys biggest problem ! Many times these past 4 years Obama has reached out to compromise, only to have Boehner turn him away !
The only way we get anything done is get someone in place of Boehner who cares about the country first, party affiliation 2nd !
Why are we always talking about this man's Boehner? Does he take a lot of performing enhancement meds?
Oh, I so hope he is wrong. I will be in prayer that President Obama is re-elected.
Wow. Boehners words of wisdom.
A lot of liberals are going to be shocked Wednesday morning when Romney easily wins. It will be nice to have a little competence back in the White House next year. Of course, Obama has created such a mess, it may take Romney more than a single term to clean it up. LOL - it will be great to be rid of the 'blame it on Bush' nonsense, once and for all!
Cryin' John and Lyin' Mitt make a nice team.
Why is he dressed like. A guantanamo detainee?
Obama is stuck at 48%, he will not pick up enough undecideds to break 50.1%
It's over : BO WILL GO !
I'm just glad we will not have a return to Speaker Pelosi an her "we won, we wrote the bill" revenge mindset if the democrat party.
Hey Boehner, tell us about the report you quashed that debunked the myth about the top 1% being "job creators".
This comes from a guy that blame Obama for the drought in the Midwest. this guy us a joke
Victor...Put away the pipe the 60's are calling you please go!! Romeny is the best person for the job. Obama is a subversive and an imposter . The biggest fraud ever to be put on the USA. Romney 2012 all the way to Washington!!!
@David – are you being serious with that post? "It will be great to be rid of the 'blame it on Bush' nonsense"... and yet you also go ahead and pre-blame Obama's "mess" to excuse Romney if he does nothing during his first four years.
So, it's okay to blame Obama for causing an unfixable mess... but blaming Bush for creating an unfixable mess... meh?
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. GDP running at dismil 1.5% when we should have come roaring back at 4-6 %GDP How intelligent people could vote for another 4 yrs of this anti buisness president is mind boggling. Remember you didn't bulid it, maybe you didn't even contribute to it. What a moron he is
that's because he knows which way the voting machines have been configured...
Despite the fact that Obama has a double the early votes in Ohio than Romney does, Romney will win!
Hillarious that a Romney suporter woould even use the workd fraud. Attack your enemy on your biggest weakness right? There is nothing legitimate or sincere about Romeny. He has been on both sides of every single issue. Now we find out he used his CHurch to not pay any taxes for 10 years afterall. THere has never been a poltical fraud as obvious and blatant as Mitt Romney.
And this from one of the biggest crooks in Wash DC..