The Washington Times - July 7, 2012, 04:30PM

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney battled through a tough primary campaign incessantly trying to prove himself conservative enough for the Republican electorate.

But is he lovable?


The answer, according to House Speaker John A. Boehner, is, well, it doesn’t matter.

Asked by a woman at a June 30 fundraiser in West Virginia if Mr. Boehner could make her love Mr. Romney, the Ohio Republican said no, according to Roll Call.

“Listen, we’re just politicians,” Mr. Boehner said. “I wasn’t elected to play God. 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.”

The markedly frank comments from the House Speaker also touched on Mr. Romney’s Mormon faith, which Democrats have vowed not to highlight as a campaign issue.

“Mitt Romney has some friends, relatives and fellow Mormons … some people that are going to vote for him,” Mr. Boehner said.

“But that’s not what this election is about. This election is going to be a referendum on the president’s failed economic policies.”

“Mitt Romney believes, just like we do, that if we’re going to get the economy back, if we’re going to put the American people back to work, we need to fix the tax code, we need to stop the regulatory juggernaut that’s going on in Washington, and we need to fix our economy,” he continued. “Solid guy, he’s going to do a great job, even if you don’t fall in love with him.”