Boehner not interested in Rev. Wright attacks

The Speaker was asked about a report in The New York Times that wealthy conservatives were pushing for an expensive ad campaign tying the president to his controversial former pastor, and BoehnerJohn BoehnerIn House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable House GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns MORE replied without even mentioning Wright’s name.

“This election is going to be about the economy. The president’s economic policies have failed, [he] can’t run on his record, but the election’s going to be about the economy,” he said. “I don’t know what these other people do or why they do it. All I know is the American people vote with their wallets.”

The presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, and his campaign said Thursday they repudiated the effort to make Wright an issue this fall.

Said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in response to the Times report: “Well, I hope they’re as successful with this campaign as the Cubs are on the baseball field. They ain’t got no chance of going to any World Series.”

This post has been updated.

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