House Speaker John Boehner has become the latest high profile Republican to endorse presidential candidate Mitt Romney, ending his neutrality in the GOP primary Tuesday, giving further confirmation that the general election matchup is set.
The Ohio Republican told reporters Tuesday that Romney's proposals would "contrast sharply" with President Barack Obama, and the former Massachusetts governor would further economic policies that would help unemployed people find jobs.
Following the exit of former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum last week, Romney faces no remaining serious Republican primary challengers by way of delegates.
"It's clear now that Mitt Romney is going to be our nominee," MSNBC.com reports Boehner said at a press conference Tuesday morning. "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."
"I will be proud to support Mitt Romney and do everything I can to help him win," Boehner added.
Boehner joins prominent Republican leaders in the House who have endorsed Romney, as Majority Leader Eric Cantor backed the former Massachusetts governor shortly before Virginia's primary, and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan gave his support before the Wisconsin primary.
The Associated Press reports that Boehner said he had withheld an endorsement until now because as chairman of the Republican National Convention in late August, he wanted to make sure that all the GOP presidential contenders had a fair chance to win.