According to The Huff Post, at the June 30 event, a female attendee asked House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio: “Can you make me love Mitt Romney?” And he responded, “No.”
“Listen, we’re just politicians. I wasn’t elected to play God. The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney,” Boehner said.
Boehner added that the presumptive Republican nominee had “some friends, relatives, and fellow Mormons… some people that are going to vote for him,” but suggested that at the end of the day, Republicans would be voting against President Obama rather than for 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. “This election is going to be a referendum on the president’s failed economic policies. ”
Calling Romney a “solid guy,” Boehner went on to say that the former Massachusetts governor is “going to do a great job, even if you don’t fall in love with him.”
Boehner endorsed Mitt Romney in his campaign for the White House in April after repeatedly dodging the issue.
“It’s clear now that Mitt Romney is going to be our nominee,” he said as the GOP primary race came to a close.
“I think Mitt Romney has a set of economic policies that can put America back to work and, frankly, contrast sharply with the failed economic policies of President Obama. I will be proud to support Mitt Romney and do everything I can to help him win,” Boehner said.
CBS News reports that Boehner spokesperson Cory Fritz later said that the Speaker had attended campaign events for Romney in Ohio that very morning. He also opened up a campaign office for Romney in Ohio on Saturday.
“Four years ago, President Obama was greeted as a celebrity, but that hasn’t resulted in jobs and growth for families and small businesses,” Fritz said in an e-mailed statement. “Americans are going to be voting this November based on who can get our economy moving, and Mitt Romney – with his experience as a private-sector job creator and a governor – is the best candidate to do just that.”
This is not the first time a prominent Romney endorser has made less-than-glowing remarks about the candidate in recent months.
For instance, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley told Fox News in January: “There’s no such thing as a perfect candidate.”
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) criticized Romney over his position on earmarks earlier this year while speaking on the former governor’s behalf.
One of the reasons that Romney’s candidacy has made some of his fellow Republicans uncomfortable is because of his refusal to dismiss senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, writes IBT.
While all Republicans were attacking Obama for instituting a tax in the health-care bill, Fehrnstrom went on MSNBC and said the individual mandate was in fact just a penalty.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch advised Romney to shake things up by tweeting: “Met Romney last week. Tough [Obama] Chicago pros will be hard to beat unless he drops old friends from team and hires some real pros. Doubtful.”