House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) sought to make the case for Mitt Romney on Sunday.
"Listen, I've known the governor for 15 years. He's a very likable person. And, frankly, he has a very successful career," Boehner said on CNN's State of the Union.
He said "I have not talked to" Romney, but defended him against the notion that his extraordinary wealth puts him out of touch with regular people.
"Listen, the American people don't want to vote for a loser," Boehner said. "They don't want to vote for someone that hasn't been successful."
The speaker reiterated his recent aggressive criticisms of President Obama's economic record.