House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) held talks with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in Atlanta on Monday. CNN also reports that Mr. Boehner will be joining the presumptive Republican nominee when he visits Troy, Ohio, on Sunday afternoon.
Because he is the chairman of the Republican National Convention, Mr. Boehner did not intervene in the bitter GOP primary fight. However, once Mr. Romney became the presumptive nominee in April, Mr. Boehner announced that he was endorsing him. The House speaker is particularly impressed with Mr. Romney‘s economic policies, which Mr. Boehner says “contrast sharply with the failed economic policies of President Obama.”
According to CNN, the House speaker and Mr. Romney met to discuss how “to work together over the months ahead”, although it is not clear whether Mr. Boehner is planning to assist the presumptive nominee with his fund raising activities. During their Atlanta meeting, Mr. Boehner confirmed that he would be campaigning with the former governor in Troy, a Miami County city which belongs to the House speaker’s Ohio Congressional District.
Separately, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), who is believed to be on Mr. Romney‘s short-list of vice presidential candidates, will be present for all three of the former governor’s campaign stops in the Buckeye State.
The former Massachusetts governor will start a six-day tour on Friday and will visit New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan.