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With the election just a couple days away, the man who is hoping to be the next Speaker of the House of Representatives had a few things to say recently about prayer:

boehner.jpgHouse Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has a grueling schedule, but election-year politics are not getting in the way of his prayer routine.

“I’ve been praying all day, every day,” Boehner told conservative radio host Mike Gallagher this week. “Trying to make it through this election and make sure our team is successful.”

Boehner is a practicing Roman Catholic, and has in the past joined with Democrats, notably the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), to support Catholic charities.

“[Prayer] does work,” Boehner told the host. “You’ve just got to stay at it every day and build a closer relationship with our Savior.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is also Catholic, told Fox News in 2007 that she prays for many things and people, including then-President George W. Bush. But, Pelosi said, she was taught that she should not pray for a political outcome.

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