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. Virginia Ph.D.

    I would like to see Boehner cry again.

    November 4, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. Vader

    Boehner.... what a waste of oxygen.

    November 4, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. Third Party

    If he wouldnt have cheated Ron Paul, i may have voted for his guy in Ohio. But sense he did cheat, I voted for gary johnson!

    November 4, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  4. Is america becoming a facist right wing state

    So the things current POTUS has done helped Ohio,they still want someone else? If you are not making any profits for the govt i.e the 90% then you will be fired into Mexico under president Romney.

    November 4, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. friedel

    Really did you expect him to say anything else come on now. That's like asking David Axlrod who he thinks is going to win.

    November 4, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. Patrick

    The Republican Speaker of the House thinks Romney will win in Ohio? This is news?

    November 4, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    whatever gobama!

    November 4, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. Terry

    Riri you are the one that need to get real. I hope you have your med's ready for Nov 6th you will need them.

    November 4, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. john

    self denile is what he's best at.

    November 4, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. Harry Pelham

    Nice to see that President Romney has Ohio pretty much all wrapped up now so to speak one could say in the BAG now with the help of our House Speaker Mr. John Boehner!!!!

    November 4, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. Tony

    Was he crying when he said this?

    November 4, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. Kathy Mills

    Oh please be still. OBAMA 2012

    November 4, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  13. shakeitup

    What a dope! See there, Ohioans....Boehner doesn't think much of your brain power. Sorry folks, presidents are not responsible for what is in, or not in, your wallets. If you don't know how the economy works, please educate yourself before casting a vote.

    Unfortunately, all of us have done a poor job in electing our officials because they have not WORKED FOR US in a very long time. Instead, we are working ourselves to death for them. They ALL sit on Capitol Hill and make outrageous decisions on behalf of the people, and what awful job they have done. Wake up, people! There are more parties than just the dems and repubs. They are barely qualified! Any one of us can do their jobs with very little effort and whole lot of pay. Oh, and amazing health benefits and pensions too! Yep, they have the best of the best while we sit back and complain about what we don’t have. Feeling lucky? They all talk the talk while the very few walk the walk.

    Nuff said!

    November 4, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. raja

    Obama will win.

    November 4, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. Bob

    This article says "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." I think anyone with eyes can tell that he is wearing a Romney-Ryan sticker on his shirt, it isnt a campaign pullover, lol

    November 4, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Carol Johnson

    If Boehner would stay out of the bar more and do the job he was elected to do instead of selling his vote to the lobbyist for drinks and dinner he might, just might be able to get something done constructively. The it is now he does not do his home work, but spends his time in the bars selling his influence to the lobbyist so he can fill his pockets and campaign with campaign contributions.

    November 4, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. tony

    Boehner? Isn't that the old time republican party speaker, the tea party stooges just treated like their puppet on a string? So what he says matters anymore?

    November 4, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  18. sqeptiq

    "You know, polls don't decide elections, voters do," the speaker said" Yeah, and that's what every losing candidate says going into election day.

    November 4, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. Living in America

    Wow and he is still tanned. I wonder does Obamacare covers that.

    November 4, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  20. Alex Santana

    CNN should have prefaced this story as : LIVE FROM THE TANNING PARLOR IN AKRON, OHIO!! What a dolt...no one pays attention to Bonehead or what he has to say...he is a non person!

    November 4, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  21. Richard

    All the media propaganda might not have worked. People can be told things are better, but aren't living it. TRUE unemployment isn't 7.9%, it's 18%. Those Obama supporters chanting, "Four more years!" can't possible expect people to welcome 4 more of the years like the last four, but that is what is in store for people if they don't get rid of Obama.

    November 4, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  22. ModernMan

    Riri, you are a complete and utter idiot. This election will be a landslide, Obama better pack his junk and get it out of MY WHITE HOUSE.

    November 4, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  23. Name Ian

    Does the Speaker think a scare tactic by Romney won't be punished? Or the Speaker refusing to bring the American Jobs Act for a vote? Costing almost 2 Million New Jobs and fixing our roads and bridges!

    November 4, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. Kudu

    Boehner is just as much of a fool ad Pelosi! So typical of politicians, they all suc"h"... oops should have been a K

    November 4, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  25. Kirk

    I hope the speaker is right.

    November 4, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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