By Russell Berman - 04/17/12 02:50 PM EDT
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday endorsed Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee, becoming one of the last party leaders to officially recognize the former Massachusetts governor as the GOP standard-bearer.
Boehner is the chairman of the Republican National Convention and had stayed neutral in the primary race, on a weekly basis resisting attempts by reporters to get him to weigh in.
“It’s clear now that Mitt Romney is going to be our nominee,” the Speaker told reporters after a House GOP conference meeting. “I think Mitt Romney has a set of economic policies that can put Americans back to work and contrast sharply with the failed economic policies of President Obama. And I will be proud to support Mitt Romney and do everything I can to help him win.”
Boehner’s top deputies, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), had previously endorsed Romney.