Mitt Romney to Campaign with John Kasich in Ohio as John Boehner Gives Endorsement

48597499.cachedFormer 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will join GOP hopeful John Kasich in two campaign stops the eve before a critical vote in Ohio.

On Sunday night, it was revealed that Romney would campaign on behalf of a Republican candidate for the first time. He is expected to appear alongside Kasich at his two Ohio events in Canton and Columbus on Monday afternoon.

Romney has not yet formally endorsed any candidate in this Republican nomination election cycle, but has come out against the front-runner Donald Trump. Earlier this month, Romney blasted Trump during a speech where he encouraged voters to vote for Trump’s rivals.

“I believe with all my heart and soul that we face another time for choosing, one that will have profound consequences for the Republican Party and more importantly, for the country,” Romney said last week in Utah. “His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president. And his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.”

With Ohio primary being one of the winner-take-all-contests with 66 delegates on the line, polls have Kasich and Trump in a close match-up. Two polls have Kasich in the lead while two other polls have both in a tie.

Saturday evening, fellow Ohioan and former Speaker of the House, John Boehner endorsed Kasich at the Republican Party HQ. During his low-key speech, Boehner, in his first public appearance since retiring in October endorsed the fellow governor telling the audience that he already cast an early ballot for Kasich.

When asked about the 2016 race and the anti-establishment uprising, Boehner avoided the topic and didn’t mention the front-runner or the recent headlines of protestors shutting down Trump’s rally in Chicago.

“I’m not really interested in getting in the middle of all this,” Boehner said to reporters.

Mona Salama

Mona Salama is a PolitiChicks political reporter based in New York City covering politics and NYPD. She reports broadly on the 2016 campaign trail from the road and at home. Prior to joining PolitiChicks, Mona started with Wayne Dupree's WAAR where she covered NY politics, 2014 mid-term elections, and the NYPD. In 2015, DC Gazette considers Mona as one of the 20 rising Conservative stars. She was cited as "generally one of the most stunning women in political commentary with a huge future ahead of her, we’re pretty sure Mona Salama will soon easily be the next Andrea Tantaros and a common conservative household name." Currently she is finishing her Masters, all while at the same time covering the 2016 Presidential race, in Public Policy at John Jay College in New York City. Mona can be followed on twitter at @MonaSalama_ and email: [email protected]

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