Boehner: People probably won’t love Romney

By Jonathan Terbush
Saturday, July 7, 2012 19:25 EDT
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Photo: Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons.
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Speaker of the House John Boehner wants you to vote for Mitt Romney, though he concedes you might have to hold your nose to do so.

According to Roll Call, an unidentified woman during a question and answer session last week asked Boehner, “Can you make me love Romney?”

“No,” Boehner replied, according to a transcript Boehner’s office gave to Roll Call. “The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney,” he added.

Boehner’s comment was not meant as a dig against Romney, obviously, though it remains a frank assessment of what many believe could be a major weakness for the Republican presidential candidate, that he can come off as boring, stiff and aloof. Still, Boehner said personality will ultimately be secondary to the economy come November, and that the vote will be a “referendum” on Obama’s policies.

“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.

A Romney spokesperson spun the remarks to CBS as being a critique of Obama’s perceived celebrity status, saying that his popularity did not translate into sound policy, and that voters would make their decision in November, “based on who can get our economy moving.”

Jonathan Terbush
Jonathan Terbush
Jon Terbush is a Boston-based writer whose work has appeared in Talking Points Memo, Business Insider, the New Haven Register, and elsewhere. He tweets about politics, cats, and baseball via @jonterbush.
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