April 20, 2014

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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner stumps for GOP in Wadsworth

WADSWORTH — U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester, told a crowd of Mitt Romney supporters Sunday that the GOP presidential candidate has a plan to fix the U.S. economy.

“The governor’s done a great job of outlining his plan to put the economy back on track, to put Americans back to work, to bring real leadership to the White House, which it’s sorely lacking,” Boehner told about 200 gathered in front of the Wadsworth Victory Center, the Republican campaign office.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester, speaks to a crowd of about 200 people Sunday outside the Republican campaign office in Wadsworth. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

The rally was part of a statewide tour to encourage volunteers to get out the vote, following a Friday rally with Romney and Ryan in West Chester.

Boehner also spoke in favor of U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, running against U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Copley Township, and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, for the Senate seat. Both Mandel and Renacci spoke during the rally.

“What we need to do is get a Republican majority in the United States Senate,” Boehner said.

Boehner stressed his working-class background.

“I’m from Cincinnati,” he said. “I have 11 brothers and sisters, and my Dad owned a bar.”

Boehner said he got started in politics by being involved with his neighborhood homeowner’s association.

“Listen, I got involved because I thought government was too big and it spent too much, and I didn’t think anyone was holding it accountable,” he said. “I just thought it was time for the real world to take a more active role in this government.”

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.