Boehner Endorses Kasich in His Home State
“He’s my friend”
With recent polls showing Donald Trump and John Kasich tied in Ohio and reports that Marco Rubio is telling his OH supporters to vote for Kasich, Ohio has become quite the battleground in the 2016 Republican primaries.
Entering the fray from his recent retirement is former House Speaker and long-time congressman from Ohio, John Boehner. Boehner announced his endorsement of Kasich days before Ohio primary voters head to the polls.
Republicans in Butler County honored former Speaker John Boehner three days before residents across Ohio’s 8th District will vote on his replacement in Congress.
But on Saturday, Boehner was more interested in talking about the presidential race.
One day before Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to speak in West Chester, Boehner endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president.
In fact, the former speaker told a crowded ballroom in the same township he already voted for Kasich.
“He’s my friend,” said Boehner.
It’s not clear how much influence Boehner has in Ohio or whether his endorsement will make any difference for Kasich.
At the same event, Boehner reflected on his role as Speaker.
“I have no regrets about how I retired or when I retired,” Boehner said. “Every day I’m grateful I’m not there.”
Saturday was a good day for Boehner.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and other elected officials each took turns praising Boehner and his time in office.
West Chester Township Trustee George Lang, a friend of Boehner’s, told the crowd he was the “best speaker ever.”
. . . . “I’m still the same Jack today that I was when I walked in (to Congress) 25 years ago,” Boehner told the crowd. “Some guys might say I’m too much like me. But I was always going to be just me.”
Perhaps the best example of this came when he was introduced by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy. She told the crowd Boehner’s only shortcoming was he didn’t take enough credit for what he did for the American people.
Clearly, Boehner still has support in Ohio, so perhaps his endorsement will matter in some quarters. As it stands, though, Kasich is doing better in his home state than Rubio is doing in his.
In Ohio, Kasich does well among voters who feel the economy is in good shape, but Trump is leading among those who feel the state’s economy is bad. And key for Kasich is that his approval rating as governor is extremely high — 80 percent among Republican primary voters — and he is seen by voters as prepared to be president, more so than Trump. That lets Kasich keep his home-state edge, unlike Rubio in Florida, where GOP primary voters are split on his performance as a U.S. Senator. In Florida, Rubio also is hampered by comparably low numbers of voters who see him as prepared to be President.
Ohio (and Florida) voters head to the polls on Tuesday, so we know soon enough if Kasich manages to beat Trump in winner-take-all Ohio.
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Talk about the kiss of death…!!!
One would hope.
No doubt a tearful endorsement.
Boehner, my personal purgative, has returned, to my dismay. It has been great not hearing from him for awhile.
I wonder if Mitt will speak out for Gov K as well!
Mitt Romney to Campaign with John Kasich in Ohio
Shut up Boehner.
I can’t wait to vote for Kasich.
You know, because I respect and admire Boehner so much !!
OMG! The train wreck called Boehner!
Kasich just lost the election in Ohio!
OMG kiss of death.
More evidence the GOPe wants Trump to win.
No, just more support that the GOP is the “Party of Stupid.”
They deserve each other.
No, they don’t. Kasich is a much harder worker and all around better buy than Boehner could ever dream of being. Kasich is a good man. He’s not my choice, but I respect the budget work he did in the House, some of his other work, his experience, and his seemingly general goodness.
I just can’t say that about Boehner.
I want Kasich to win OH as a bitchslap to the hump and so that Kasich can return to OH with his head held high knowing he won his state. I don’t want to see his political career damaged or his authority as a very popular REPUBLICAN governor of a very important state undermined by a loss of his own state.
Beside, there’s still a lot to be learned from him. He has a lot of talent in many areas and he’s an honorable man. We could do a whole lot worse.
Give credit where it is due, even though you disagree with a meaningful number of somebody else’s plans and ideas. It makes you look small not to do that. Boehner is, of course, a different story. He’s damn near as bad as Charlie Crist. No redemption possible.
Tears are falling down my cheeks as I listen to the oracle of Cleveland…..
and who cares?
In a campaign season of low-impact endorsements by has-beens and the desperate (Huckabee, Santorum, Palin, etc. as well as Rubio’s ineffective endorsees etc.), this registers as one more big fat..
If it was anyone other than Boehner for Kasich in Ohio, this would be a net negative. This is probably a net zero to teensy tinsy positive.
At this point, I think Kasich wins Ohio, Rubio drops out after finishing 3rd in Florida (at least in day-of-voting, he will be 3rd), Trump wins Florida, and Carolina is proportional and doesn’t move the needle.
What really matters is Cruz winning Illinois. That’s the race to watch Tuesday.
I expect the riots boosted support….
I could be totally wrong, but for some reason I just don’t see the hump doing all that well in IL. But, he did well in MI, so IL may be the same story.
Cruz got Lee’s endorsement, which is more meaningful than all the others combined, although Sessions was a somewhat close second.
I think Cruz is going to get Sasse’s and several others pretty quick. They know their help as strong conservative voices and the semblance of unity is needed because crunch time is approaching rapidly.
“He’s my friend”
That’s it for Kasich…
He’s no Doc Holliday, that’s for sure.
So nice to see the utter contempt for the voters in Ohio who chose Boehner. After all, they are too stupid to vote. The loudmouthed know it alls on the radio had the right to choose their candidate from Ohio, right??????
After all the 40 members of the Freedom Caucus had enough support to vote in a new Speaker, right?????? So now we have Ryan, happy now????
It’s sickening to see Boehner come out from whatever rock he and is bottle of booze had crawled under. Hope he crawls back under asap. Wait – better he doesn’t, and again becomes the pathetic face of the GOPe, because the Trump/Cruz vote machine can always use a turbocharge. Romney will be its supercharger.
As the Gang of 8 did Rubio in, the boehner kiss of death will do Kasich in, even if he wins Ohio.
Though we could use Boehner in another way this election: use him as a human shield for Trump: he is disposable and he cries anyway.
Romney/Boehner in 2016!
Yeah…that’s the ticket!
LMAO! 🙂 🙂
I could just cry. Will this beast NEVER go away????
Shut up Boehner! Just SHUTUP!!
Kasich isn’t my guy, but I wouldn’t wish Boehner’s political leprosy on him.
Which one of them, or did both, think this would help?
Gosh, now Boehner AND Romney???
I expect Cantor in the next 10 minutes…
If Kasich is attempting to assemble the Institutional Republican Party troops for the anticipated attempt at convention theft, he is off to an excellent start.
I believe this bears attention.
Between Romney and Boehner maybe Kasich should just roll into a little ball and hide in the closet. Talk about being endorsed by losers!