Voters need a new party in control of Congress to stand up to President Obama and address the nation's problems, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) will say Friday.

Boehner, the lawmaker who would likely become House Speaker under a GOP majority, will make part of a closing campaign pitch to voters, urging them to deliver Republicans victory in Nov. 2's elections.

"Americans have been crystal-clear about what they want: more jobs, less spending and a more open Congress that respects and abides by the Constitution," Boehner will say Friday in a campaign speech at a small manufacturing company in West Chester, Ohio. "If those things are going to happen, then we need a new majority in Congress that will stand up to President Barack Obama and insist that he start listening to the people."

The speech will focus on defining next month's elections as a referendum on President Obama and congressional Democrats, while also focusing on the new Republican "Pledge to America" unveiled two weeks ago.

Boehner will draw on his own background as a former small-business manager and reiterate many of the criticisms he's made about the current Democratic majority and the Obama administration in the last 21 months, focusing the most on the growth in government spending and the poorly performing economy.

Those criticisms leveled against Obama, under the leadership of Boehner, have been central to helping to revive the fortunes of a party that had been seen as lost in a political wilderness following Obama's victory in the 2008 presidential election, a cycle that saw Democrats increase the margin of their majorities in both the House and the Senate.

Two years after those elections, Republicans look to be within striking distance of winning the 39 seats necessary to take back control of the House, and possibly win the 10 seats needed in the Senate to take the majority in the upper chamber.

The Cincinnati-area Republican will use what's been termed a "closing argument" on behalf of the GOP to implore voters to follow through on their dissatisfaction toward the current leadership in Washington and pull the lever for Republicans on Election Day.

"At the healthcare summit last February, President Obama told us it's OK to have deep philosophical differences and different visions for where we'd lead our country. 'That's what elections are for,' he said," Boehner will say.

"Ladies and gentlemen, your government hasn’t been listening. Your government is disrespecting you, your family, your job, your children. Your government is out of control," he will add. "Do you have to accept it? Do you have to take it? Of course you don’t. That’s what elections are for."

Democrats wasted little time issuing a pre-buttal to Boehner’s speech, the fourth in a series of major policy speeches that the would-be Speaker has made since campaign season began in earnest in August.
“Instead of talking about a closing argument, Mr. Boehner should be talking about why Republicans oppose closing tax breaks that encourage corporations to ship American jobs overseas," Nadeam Elshami, spokesman for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said in a statement released late Thursday night. "He should talk about why Republicans refuse to shine a light on foreign money that is influencing our elections. Democrats are moving America forward, while Republicans want to return to the ‘exact same’ failed policies that put the interests of corporations and Wall Street ahead of jobs and needs of the middle class."

Molly Hooper contributed.

This post was updated at 12:01 p.m.