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 Andrew BoehnerScaramucci compares Trump to Jonestown cult leader: 'It's like a hostage crisis inside the White House' Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support Lobbyists race to cash in on cannabis boom 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.”

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