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."


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soundoff (414 Responses)
  1. Socrates

    Boehner you are tanning too much.

    November 4, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  2. JW

    If Romney wins Ohio, then then I guess they really want the auto industry to fail over there.

    November 4, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  3. Eve Long

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Romney Paid Zero Taxes From 1996 To 2009!!!

    Now we understand why Romney was unwilling to make public his tax returns from year 2009 and earlier...

    Using a tax shelter called a CRUT (charitable remainder unitrust) that was held by the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), Mitt Romney was able to pay zero taxes (legally) every single year from 1996 to 2009. Why did he stop in 2009? Because he would make public his 2010 tax return, that is why.

    This tax loophole was killed by Congress in 1997. However those including Romney that were already using it were allowed to continue it. The way it works, is that Romney makes a "charitable" contribution to the Church of Latter Day Saints and it goes into a trust. Since the trust is held by the church, the money is tax deferred. Any capital gains, are non taxed because of the charities status. Like an annuity, the donor gets a charitable tax deduction and an stream of cash payments. When Romney dies, the church accepts full ownership.

    November 4, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  4. Eve Long

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Romney Paid Zero Taxes From 1996 To 2009!!!

    Now we understand why Romney was unwilling to make public his tax returns from year 2009 and earlier...

    Using a tax shelter called a CRUT (charitable remainder unitrust) that was held by the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), Mitt Romney was able to pay zero taxes (legally) every single year from 1996 to 2009. Why did he stop in 2009? Because he would make public his 2010 tax return, that is why.

    This tax loophole was killed by Congress in 1997. However those including Romney that were already using it were allowed to continue it. The way it works, is that Romney makes a "charitable" contribution to the Church of Latter Day Saints and it goes into a trust. Since the trust is held by the church, the money is tax deferred. Any capital gains, are non taxed because of the charities status. Like an annuity, the donor gets a charitable tax deduction and an stream of cash payments. When Romney dies, the church accepts full ownership.

    November 4, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  5. thade76

    Lol what a funny old drunk Boener is.

    November 4, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  6. DCBill

    I hope Romney does as well in Ohio on Tuesday as Ohio's two professional NFL teams did, meaning both lost!!

    Speaker Boehner was a jinx for the Bengals and Browns and may that "JB hex" last two more days.

    Of course, what Boehner can't say–but might believe–is, "My guy Romney screwed up with his opposition to the Detroit support package and now he's due to get chopped!"

    November 4, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. eyeRollz

    Boehner would have worked with President Obama on issues if it wasn't for the Tea Party screaming No Compromise. When did running the country become the version of spoiled children whining either they get their way or they take their ball and go home?

    November 4, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  8. MakesSense

    The day before the 2008 election, McCain campaign representative Mitt Romney went on Fox News and said the McCain campaign was extremely confident that they were going to win all eight swing states. They lost all eight. Nuff said.

    November 4, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  9. RandyKC

    I don't put much faith in the Speaker's word.

    November 5, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  10. ronjayaz

    If this is what democracy is abt, I"ll take fascism. I feel like that little kid in You Tube who cried abt Bronco Bama.

    November 5, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  11. CA Liberal

    Obama's got it Boehner.

    November 5, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  12. skarphace

    There is only bad news and worse news for Romney.

    The bad news: of the five toss-up states that matter (Florida (29), Ohio (18), Virginia (13), Wisconsin (10), Colorado (9)), Romney needs 3 of the 5 to win unless he loses Florida or Ohio, and in that case he needs all 4 of the others.

    The worse news: Obama is now polling ahead of Romney in all these states except Florida, and in Florida it is close. In fact, Obama has a better chance to win Ohio then Romney does to win Florida.

    In other words, if Obama wins the states he is polling up in, he wins handily. Romney not only needs to win the states where he is polling up in, but also needs to steal two or three states from Obama.

    The verdict: Obama still has a much easier path to victory than Romney does. My prediction: Obama by 24.

    November 5, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  13. bob gondwe

    get real rina you know its over romnry/ryan 2012

    November 5, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  14. Truth

    "According to the survey, Romney leads Obama 57%-40% among white voters."
    Without the majority White vote, obama is done for. Landslide for Romney.

    November 5, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  15. Brucew29

    The lying, thieving, crooked Republicans are one of the worse group of people in the free world on the face of the planet!!! They are denying voters their right to vote. The Republicans are changing the early voters days and cutting them down by any hook or crook way possible and even against the court rulings. They lie worse than the worse crooks... they flip-flop, send out conflicting messages and say "SO WHAT" it is politics. The Republicans will stop at nothing, legal or illegal to steal the election! I can NOT see how any SANE, HONEST, FORTH-RIGHT person could ever vote for a Republican! This new group of "Tea Partiers" have corrupted the Republican party beyond belief!!! This Romney guy if elected will bring on the beginning of the end to our way of life in the United States and possibly to the entire planet!!! Beware of FALSE PROPHETS that come in disguises in the form of a Republican!

    November 5, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  16. LeeAT

    I can't wait until this mud bath is over.

    November 5, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  17. Dennis

    Romney has NO chance to win Ohio after all the blunders they made, and all the things they said. Good night Boehner. Looks like you need some sleep...

    November 5, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  18. Brucew29

    Mitt Romney is the poorest excuse of a man to have ever run for the presidency in the history of the United States! Mr Romney is the DEVIL in disguise... just watch him closely and look at that grimace of a smile and the way that he holds his glance... he is the most clearly deceptive person that I have ever seen... of course there are those that see the King fully clothed when in fact he is stark naked!!!

    November 5, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  19. Vadim Pluiko

    Mister Bonner, I could tell you what you should do with your prediction, but I am afraid the moderator would remove my post.

    November 5, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  20. Tom

    Did you get your comments cleared by the Tea Party?

    November 5, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  21. Brucew29

    If Mr Romney is elected president it will be the beginning of the end for the United States! You think that Nixon and Bush were bad... if Romney gets the presidency you ain't seen anything yet! Romney won't fix what is wrong with this country.... Romney is one of those guys that tries to fix something but ends up fixing it so no one else can fix it... yes he will screw everything up!

    November 5, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  22. IM4BO

    Geez, these GOP losers are now spreading false hope their party. Sob sob you no B[r]oehner.

    November 5, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  23. Babe

    Why is this an "exclusive" and why is this "news"? CNN, you are digging yourself deeper and deeper into the entertainment world, and may soon forget what a real piece of news is. This is not Hollywood out here, and we, the real people, do not see an exclamatory "Prediction" by the Speaker of the House as something that could even remotely be referred to as news. Have you become his Publicity Director recently? Are you now part of the Romney campaign that you begin to "predict" his wins where none was yesterday? I think you should tread more cautiously. Such a step is aiding and abetting the murder of the middle class of America.

    November 5, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  24. earl34

    My sisters will vote for Republicans and my brothers will vote for Democrats. They live in Ohio. Based on the comment the voters will vote with their wallets, Ohio will go Democrat. Snap/FSP participants and people in poverty have been on the rise since the Bush "tax cuts". Why anyone would vote for the party of "no health care forever" is beyond me.

    November 5, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  25. DK

    Boehner you helped lead the charge on an obstructionist Congress. You could of stood up and got the Grand Compromise done for the nation, but withered to the Tea Party like the coward that you are...

    November 5, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
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