Reporting from Washington — House Speaker John A. Boehner endorsed GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney in the latest nod from the Republican establishment for the party's presumed front-runner.
For months Boehner had steered clear of signaling a preference in the belabored GOP primary race, particularly because of his shared time -- and differences -- in the House with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. He also has been selected to be convention chairman.
"I've not taken a position on this presidential campaign because as chairman of the convention, I wanted to make sure all candidates had a fair process and a fair opportunity," Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said Tuesday.
"But it's clear now Mitt Romney is going to be our nominee," Boehner said. "I think Mitt Romney has a set of economic policies that can put Americans back to work, and frankly, 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."