John Boehner Defends Romney’s Wealthy Background: ‘People Don’t Want To Vote For A Loser’

Now that the general election race is underway, House Speaker John Boehner can stop pretending he doesn’t want to get involved in the race and start sticking up for his party’s candidate. During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union this morning, Candy Crowley brought up Mitt Romney‘s privileged background and asked Boehner if it would impact Romney’s support in the election. Boehner dismissed that notion, saying “the American people don’t want to vote for a loser.”

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Boehner explained why, in fact, Romney’s wealth might give him a boost with the people.

“They don’t want to vote for someone who hasn’t been successful. I think that Mitt Romney has an opportunity that they, too, can succeed.”

The Speaker said that he has not spoken with Romney recently, but then, he admitted, he’d rather avoid talking to the candidates directly. He didn’t offer the Republican nominee any suggestions for who should be his running mate, despite knowing a “lot of people” who might be good choices. However, he did add that the most important factor that Romney should consider is the capability of the person he picks to be ready to take over in the absolute worst-case scenario.

Watch the video below, courtesy of CNN:

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