House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) clarified on Tuesday some candid comments reported over the weekend that seemed to suggest lagging enthusiasm for Mitt Romney within the GOP.
Boehner said that he meant to suggest that this November's election would be a referendum on President Obama when he said at a June 30 fundraiser that "the American people aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney" and Romney has some "friends, relatives and fellow Mormons" who will enthusiastically support him, but "95 percent will either vote for or against Barack Obama."
Those comments were first reported by the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call.
Asked by NBC News this morning whether he wanted to clarify those remarks, Boehner responded: "The point I was trying to make is very simply this, the election in November is going to be a referendum on the president's failed economic policies, they just haven't worked and they really have made it worse so it's going to be a referendum."
"I'm going to be enthusiastic about voting for Gov. Romney in November, and I think the American people will be enthusiastic about voting for Gov. Romney in November," Boehner added, ramping up his positive words toward the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
Boehner additionally pledged to be out on the campaign trail "enthusiastically supporting Gov. Romney."