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."
I hope Obama gets reelected. So in two years we can impeach the traitor.
ohio will not elect a president who will make abortion illegal, forcing thousands of women to risk their lives getting illegal abortions. they won't vote for a president who took over US companies, fired workers and hired chinese workers. ohio will not elect a president who has surround himself with advisors from the GW Bush white house...why go back to that? Ohio will not elect a president who has lied straight to americans about so many issues from tax cuts to the auto industry. Now, ohio needs to get you out of office, boehner.
Boehner is scu m, just like most of what is left of the GOP. They can't get along and progress forward within their own failed party, how will they get along with anyone else? It isn't working, is it.
Boehner = loser, like them all.
Obama knows it is over. He would have booked Grant park for his victory speech if he was going to win. Instead he booked an indoor venue in a non public transport accessible venue that is like a fort. if he was confident he would have booked grant park.
The way the Repubs keep claiming they have the momentum and enthusiasm, its as if they don't even believe it's true themselves. It's thier new talking point I guess, but I dont see how a slip in the polls can be seen as momentum. And MItt Romney and the word enthusiasm should never be used in the same thought.
Have you ever checked out Bickers and Berry election model? This model's track record has been proven since 1980. The current prediction indicates Romney will win. The model makes its prediction purely bases on the economic data. It will be very interested to see this election will make an exception for the model.
First, it's polls don't' win elections, voters do. Then B goes on the reference some polling to support his case. Oh boy.
The Light will always Triumph over the Darkness of the highjacked Republican Party with people like Boehner and McConnell who vowed to make President Obama a one term President. They put Party over the Struggles of the Majority of the American people at the collapse of the economy the largest since the Crash of 1929.
OBAMA BIDEN 2012!!
Ho exactly did he measure enthusiasm? Did he poll it and if he did poll it, does he believe the polls on enthusiasm or did he actually go and talk to each ohioan and validate the same? Amazing.
Somebody should hand second in command, (Grover Norquist is House Speaker) Boehner a box of kleenex he will need the whole box on Wednesday.
If Ohioans vote with our wallets, then it should be a landslide victory for President Obama. My fully invested pension plan is up 60% since he took office, after losing 40% during the Bush administration. Friends who were bankrupt then are now solvent again, own homes and have jobs. Boehner is the problem, not the solution.
I cannot WAIT to fire Obama on Tuesday. SOOO pumped!!!
Liberals are going to be so surprised when Romney wins in a LANDSLIDE. This will happen, 100%.
If there is one item everyone should consider it's this...Mr. Obama has not displayed the ability to UNITE this country! He had the majority when elected, it was diverse. Instead of unifying it...he DIVIDED it! If you believe he can continue to divide this country and be successful, we are doomed to four more years of HOPELESS CHANGE!
Name, you sure about that?
OMG, now all the tea-tards are coming out of the woodwork, predicting Romney will win, despite common sense saying the contrary. God help us! I guess, they lie so much, they have to lie until the bitter end.
Is this really news? Seriously? At this point in the game it would be news to have a GOP candidate predicting an Obama win. But you have a better chance of seeing Rush Limbaugh getting a show on MSNBC than that happening. Of course he's going to stump for his guy.
its over for this 1 term fluke hope/change politician... a man who was a community organizer.
goodnight democrats. glad you decided to spend all your time on healthcare which will soon be repealed.
your most exceptional community organizer can attempt "revenge"...sad times of the 1 term president. the liberal agenda is clearly rejected.
nice try, can't wait for Tuesday.
The problem is after the voters decide Boehner will be saying the vote means nothing. His Tea Party masters will yank on his strings and he'll remain THE obstacle to compromise.
Get out and vote Ohio! Just remember Romney said "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt". President Obama is the WAY BETTER choice between the two candidates.
Boehner was an obstructionist. He has no credibility. Obama 2012.
"enthusiasm is on our side" is Boehner's explanation of why Ohio will go to Romney, cause everyone knows a vote cast enthusiastically is worth more than one cast reluctantly.
John Boehner is a non significant and irrelevant right wing nut politician helmet.
When two vowels go out walkin' the first one does the talkin'. So, how do you pronounce Boehner?
Bahahahaha! That's just funny!