Boehner to campaign for House GOP candidates

Boehner to campaign for House GOP candidates
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Former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBoehner says it's Democrats' turn for a Tea Party movement House Republicans find silver lining in minority Alaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history MORE (R-Ohio) will travel the country this summer to campaign for House Republicans ahead of this year's midterm elections.

BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBoehner says it's Democrats' turn for a Tea Party movement House Republicans find silver lining in minority Alaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history MORE plans to make at least seven stops on a bus tour starting in August, CNN reported Tuesday. The cross-country jaunt will mirror the bus tours he took while serving as a congressman and as Speaker.

“He likes getting out among the people, mixing it up and feeling the pulse of the nation, while supporting his former colleagues and the next generation of leaders,” Dave Schnittger, a spokesman for Boehner, told CNN.

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“This summer there’s both a demand for it and a renewed desire on his part,” he added.

Boehner represented a district in southwest Ohio for more than two decades. He served as Speaker from 2011 until his resignation in October 2015.

Since leaving Congress, Boehner has maintained a relatively low profile. He was the subject of a wide-ranging Politico profile that was published last October in which he recounted his time in office and chided some former colleagues, specifically former Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzLawmakers contemplate a tough political sell: Raising their pay Top Utah paper knocks Chaffetz as he mulls run for governor: ‘His political career should be over’ Boehner working on memoir: report MORE (R-Utah) and Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTrump, Congress brace for Mueller findings Jim Jordan on Mueller probe: 'Distraction is finally over' Papadopoulos tweets 'time to hit back' after Mueller report delivered to DOJ MORE (R-Ohio).

Republicans have acknowledged they may face potential losses in November's midterms, and multiple polls have shown Democrats with steady leads on the generic ballot.

Democrats need to net 24 seats in order to take back control of the House.