House Speaker John A. Boehner on Tuesday said he and the rest of country will be “enthusiastic” about voting for Republican Mitt Romney for president, despite a comment he made last week that people “probably aren’t going to fall in love” with the former Massachusetts governor.
The Ohio Republican, who clarified his comments while speaking with reporters at the Capitol, said his initial point was to say that the November presidential election is going to be a referendum on the President Obama’s “failed economic policies.”
“They just haven’t worked, and they really have made [the economy] worse,” Mr. Boehner said. “So it’s going to be a referendum. I’ll be out there enthusiastically supporting him.”
Asked by a woman at a June 30 fundraiser in West Virginia whether Mr. Boehner could make her love Mr. Romney, the Ohio Republican said no, Roll Call reported last week.
“I wasn’t elected to play God,” the speaker said, according to the Capitol Hill publication. “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.”