After he was recently quoted telling supporters at a fundraiser that “the American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney,” House Speaker John Boehner now says he will be voting “enthusiastically” for Romney this fall.
“I’m going to be enthusiastic about voting for Governor Romney in November and I think the American people will be enthusiastic about voting for Governor Romney in November,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said. “The point I was trying to make is very simply this: the election this November is going to be a referendum on the president’s failed economic policies. His policies have made the economy worse.”
It all started in Wheeling, W.Va., June 30 when a woman asked Boehner whether he could make her love Romney. While the full quote indicates the speaker did say that the election would be “a referendum on the president’s failed economic policies,” attention quickly focused on his apparent lack of affection for Romney.
“The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney. I’ll tell you this: 95 percent of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting booth, and they are going to vote for or against Barack Obama,” Boehner said June 30. “Mitt Romney has some friends, relatives and fellow Mormons … some people that are going to vote for him. But that’s not what this election is about. This election is going to be a referendum on the president’s failed economic policies.”
Boehner last publicly campaigned with Romney on June 17 over hamburgers in Troy, Ohio. He is also serving later this summer as the chairman of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.