Battleground Blog: 'Team Boehner' looks to get out the vote
November 3rd, 2012
06:03 PM ET
10 years ago

Battleground Blog: 'Team Boehner' looks to get out the vote

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. The following dispatch is from CNN's Deirdre Walsh who is traveling with House Speaker John Boehner on an Ohio bus tour over this pre-election weekend.

Findlay, Ohio - As the green "Team Boehner" bus snaked north up Interstate 75 along the Western edge of Ohio on Saturday the House speaker wasn't likely to find many undecided voters to talk to about supporting GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The early stops on House Speaker John Boehner's three day statewide bus tour were all squarely focused on reinforcing how important it is for Republicans to come out in big numbers for the GOP ticket.

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Boehner addressed sign waving GOP supporters in Lebanon, Beavercreek, and Lima, and as usual the Ohio Republican remained on message - criticizing President Obama for what he said were failed promises to boost the economy.

President Obama visited Lima a day earlier, and when Boehner spoke to volunteers at the local GOP office there on Saturday he slammed the president with a he repeated throughout the day asking - "Where are the jobs?"

Diane Maloney, who attended the Lima event with her husband, voted early already for Romney. Three days before the election she was surprised there were still some people on the fence.

"I can't believe there's people that don't feel one way or the other at this point."

At the speaker's fourth stop - here in Hancock County – Boehner said he was relying on long time Republicans in southwest Ohio to help deliver the state's 18 electoral votes for Romney.

"Most people don't believe much of what they see on TV or much of what they hear on the radio, and they really don't believe much of what they read in the newspapers," Boehner said, adding, "But they believe 95% of what they hear from their friends, their neighbors, and their relatives. That's why what you all of you are doing is so important."

Christian Pederson, a GOP supporter who attended the Findlay rally and saw Romney recently at another local event a week ago said he was proud that so much attention was focused on his home state. "People her are very grounded. We're a reserved people, but I think that when you look at where we are as a country we're the appropriate state to be deciding a lot of these issues."

Filed under: 2012 • Battleground Blog • John Boehner • Ohio
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    If you want nothing to get done in Washington vote for the gop,vote in the party of no that blocked all jobs bills with Ryan the seven term sponge of the taxpayers money and the gop bafoons party of no ,did you forget what they have done in the last four years ,let me remind you ,

    November 3, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. Paulcat

    Boehner need to get his people together to work with President Obama and show how much he really care about this country. Or will he continue to be the party of "NO"

    November 3, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. John

    I don't know how anybody would believe anything John Boehner would have to said. Just look at the unfavorable rating of his leadership In Congress,and look at what this congress has done under his leadership. He shouldn't even be reelected back to Congress at all.

    November 3, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Where are the jobs ????? Ask the gop goofball party that ran on jobs in 2010 and produced none and blocked every jobs bill ,with lyin Ryan ,boner ,backmann and atkins and cantor to thank for producing ,
    Nothing ,0
    Nada!!!!!!so what are you going to do ,reward their treasonious behavior with your vote .only the stupid braindead gop would vote for them !!!

    November 3, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Thomas

    "Team Boehner" ?

    What team is he referring too , the " Thats Do Nothing Congress Team " or the " That's Make Obama A One Term President Team " ?

    November 3, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. Pete

    Did Boehner get that tanning booth installed before it left the shop I hope so because a pale Boehner is a sad Boehner!!He can run around telling how his party of "NO" screwed everyone for two years ,they'd get a kick out of that I bet!!

    November 3, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    To bad the gop voters will have to wait in the same lines that the gop vote riggers caused and cost romney the tax cheat the votes he needs ,or do they have a sepression line just for dems ,guess what morons ,there's only one line !!!!!

    November 3, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. Squigman

    The country would be a better place if Boehner, were to leave office. The man is obsessed with be obstructionist.

    November 3, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Kennedy/Johnson 5.2%
    Clinton 3.7%
    Carter 3.4%
    Reagan 3.3%
    Nixon/Ford 2.7%
    Eisenhower 2.3%
    Obama 2.0+% and growing
    GHW Bush 1.9%
    Truman 1.8%
    GW Bush 1.7% (at times as low as -.9)

    The Reagan administration delivers the fourth highest GDP growth numbers, and the Truman administration ranks almost at the bottom (second only to GW Bush, and one-tenth of percent behind GHW Bush).

    Again, with the exception of the Truman administration, each democratic administration produced more GDP growth per year than any Republican administration.

    November 3, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. g

    there no middle class in his world just country club,s and freinds

    November 3, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. John Boehner: Worst Speaker of the House ever!

    With a 17% approval rating for congress, why would Mitt Romney Romney want John Boehner campaigning for him? John Boehner has ushered in the least productive congress since 1947.

    November 3, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  12. Name

    I am so sick of everyone praising Obama. I watched Obama revealed and Romney revealed. On it they made Obama seem perfect. He has no fault. This is s bunch of bull. They perceived Romney as a money hungry liar. CNN how about showing fair coverage.

    November 3, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Boehner is part of the problem in Washington. Next to voting against Romney, the best thing Ohio could to for moving the nation forward, is to vote Boehner out of office.

    November 3, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  14. fernace

    It's pretty hypocritical of Boehner to ask"where are the jobs"? I clearly recall his GOT-Party running on a "jobs, jobs, jobs" platform in '10, but spent 2 years doing 3 things! Protecting the 1% by adding "no tax" riders to jobs bills & other measures that would be helpful to our recovery, promoting anti-womens healthcare, anti-gay & anti-immigration initiatives, obstructing all Obama lead measures, because their goal was/is to get him out of the White House! Now they are "projecting" by blaming the President for all of Their failures! Except they weren't really failures, where they! It was a well planned scheme! Signing Norquist's "no tax" pledge & vowing w/ McConnell to make Obama 1 term! They threw America & its citizens under the bus to advance their agenda! Where are the jobs, indeed, Boehner!? Not w/the GOT-Party, thats for sure! Obama Next Tuesday!!

    November 3, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. John N Florida

    Isn't this the man whp proclaimed on 'Meet the Press' that it wasn't his job to tell the American people what to think?

    November 4, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  16. Marry

    "Where are the jobs?" Yes, Boehner, where are the job bills from the House? Oh, right, you where busy with "abortion" wasting your time and ours! The Party of "NO"! You really have some nerve to ask for our vote!
    Yes we are mad! We have all reason to be mad at the GOP and YOU for holding the country hostage! But we do not boo! We vote! President Obama 2012! And a strait "D" ticket!

    November 4, 2012 04:15 am at 4:15 am |

    Time to sweep the unhinged GOBP tea potty OUT of the government that they hate so much. They hate the American people when they hate our government.

    November 4, 2012 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Part of the promises that Obama made should have been noted as conditional. That condition is Congress and cooperation of both Houses. Boehner couldn't deliver his part when there was an agreement. It is the teapublicans that control him and not the other way around.

    November 4, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  19. Marie MD

    LOL. So the folks in Ohio like their men to cry like babies and tanned like the twit who has to spray it on? This foolis one of the reasons nothing has gotten done in congress in the last three years because he only wants the President to be alone terms.
    He sold his rethug souls to the tea baggers and now they are paying the price. YIU Bo net arethe one who ran on jobs then did everything possible to keep the country from rising.

    November 4, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  20. bejee45

    Romney's Jeep lie in Ohio is an insult to anyone in the auto industry - or for that matter all Americans, does he really think that Americans don't know that he and the Republicans would have let the auto industry fail and go completely out of business.

    Boehner and the Republicans have done nothing but "stonewall" any attempts by President Obama and the Democrats to restore America, and he let the "Tea Party" nuts run the House.

    The Republicans are not, never have been or ever will be for working class people - it's never been more obvious, and it's destroying America for all.

    Only a strong middle class will keep all of America strong, and that won't happen with Romney as President.

    We're much better off than we were four years ago when America was in the great recession/depression.

    November 4, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |