House Speaker John Boehner has finally endorsed Mitt Romney to be the Republican presidential nominee, saying his economic policies would help the unemployed find jobs.
The Ohio Republican told reporters Tuesday that Romney's proposals will offer a strong contrast with what Boehner says are President Barack Obama's failed efforts to revive the economy. Boehner said he will do all he can to help Romney win in November.
Boehner's endorsement was followed hours later Tuesday by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., The Washington Post
"We're all behind him," McConnell said, predicting an "incredibly close, hard-fought campaign," the Post reported.
Boehner said he had withheld an endorsement until now because as chairman of the Republican National Convention in late August in Tampa, Fla., he wanted to make sure that all the GOP presidential contenders had a fair chance to win.
“But it’s clear now Mitt Romney is going to be our nominee. I think Mitt Romney has a set of economic policies that can put Americans back to work, and frankly, contrast sharply with the failed economic policies of President Obama," Boehner said, according to Politico
. "And I will be proud to support Mitt Romney and do everything I can to help him win.”
Romney no longer has serious challengers for the nomination and has been winning endorsements from many in the GOP establishment. Boehner joins House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Whip Kevin McCarthy in endorsing Romney
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