WASHINGTON -- A week and half after saying most Americans "probably aren't going to fall in love with Mitt Romney," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday revised his sentiments and predicted that people are going to be "enthusiastic" about the GOP presidential nominee come November.
"Listen, I'm going to be enthusiastic about voting for Gov. Romney in November," Boehner told Capitol Hill reporters. "And I think the American people will be enthusiastic about voting for Gov. Romney in November."
Boehner's comments come after he raised some eyebrows at a June 30 fundraiser by saying that, apart from Romney's "friends, relatives and fellow Mormons," most people will be motivated to vote for Romney because of their opposition to President Barack Obama, not because they're actually excited about Romney. His comments reinforce a feeling expressed earlier in the race that conservatives aren't thrilled by their party's candidate.
"The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney," Boehner said at the fundraiser, according to Roll Call. "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 tried to recast his comments on Tuesday, saying "the point I was trying to make" was that the election is going to be a referendum on Obama's economic policies.
"His policies have made the economy worse. They just haven't worked and they really have made it worse," he said. "So it's going to be a referendum. I'll be out there enthusiastically supporting him."