LISBON - With only about 36 hours left before voters go to the polls, Speaker of the House John Boehner swung through Lisbon Sunday evening to make a push for presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
"With the enthusiasm I see here tonight and the enthusiasm I've seen across the country, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are going to be the next president and vice president of the United States," predicted Boehner to applause and sign-waving from a crowd in front of the gazebo in Lisbon.
As the Republican speaker for the past two years, Boehner said he has had to try to work with President Barack Obama, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, all names which drew boos and catcalls from the crowd. Boehner told the crowd he got into politics to defend the American way of life and nobody will stand up and defend them more than he does.
However, Boehner said, it is time for Obama to go. He talked about how the president was elected with the promises of hope, change, a balanced budget and the goal of putting Americans back to work. Instead, Obama has attacked industry, Boehner said. He added no industry was attacked as much as the coal industry, prompting a small group directly in front of the podium to wave "Coal = Jobs" clean coal advocate signs.
"He just doesn't get it," Boehner said of Obama. "What would you expect of someone who has never done anything."
Boehner noted what America needs at this time is leadership and suggested Romney and Ryan know how to put the country back to work.
Boehner's quick visit to Columbiana County lasted less than 30 minutes and he shared the time and stage with local Republicans, Chairman David Johnson; U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marrietta; state Rep. Craig Newbold, R-Columbiana; Judge Sharon Kennedy, who is running for Ohio Supreme Court; and Unity Township Trustee Tim Weigle, running for county commissioner. Prior to Boehner's stop in the county, he spoke in a parking lot in Niles. The tour is an effort by Republicans to make a last push for Ohio, one of the swing states of the election.
Arriving shortly after Boehner's bus was a second bus from the New American Energy Opportunity Foundation. A person dressed as a gas pump emerged from the bus along with a large sign showing the rising cost of gas prices during the last three president's terms - Clinton $1.46; Bush $1.84; and Obama, $3.72.