Boehner Endorses Romney 'It's clear now' Mitt will snag nomination, House Speaker says By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Apr 17, 2012 10:42 AM CDT 45 comments Comments House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 22, 2012, to criticize President Barack Obama's energy policies. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Newser) – John Boehner is officially backing Mitt Romney for president. The Huffington Post notes that the House speaker has dodged the issue for weeks—and the opening line of his endorsement wasn't exactly enthusiastic. "It's clear now that Mitt Romney is going to be our nominee," Boehner said at a press conference today. It got slightly better from there: "I think Mitt Romney has a set of economic policies that can put America back to work and, frankly, contrast sharply with the failed economic policies of President Obama. I will be proud to support Mitt Romney and do everything I can to help him win."