LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The growing consensus among members of the Republican National Committee is that Mitt Romney is going to be the GOP nominee for president. Congressman Charles Boustany has been closely watching the process and said it's just a matter of time.
"I've said all along that I wasn't going to get involved with the primary race. I'll wait until a nominee is declared and put my full support around that candidate," said Boustany, (R) Louisiana. "Romney won the last round of primaries - he's also picked up a number of key endorsements. So it's looking more and more inevitable that he will be the nominee but he hasn't gotten over the hurdle yet with all of the delegate votes he needs so there is still a little time left with this."
Boustany said once a republican candidate does emerge the real battle for the White House begins.
"I think the stakes are very high with the next election and what we've seen in Louisiana is a very arbitrary heavy-handed approach to really hurting us in regards to oil and gas production - something that is vital to our state," said Boustany.
While the Obama administration gears up to defend gas prices and healthcare, Boustany believes the real issue will be jobs.
"If you look at the economy, if you look at energy costs, look at healthcare... It all comes back to jobs. And I think if we go back and look at his record - it's not been the best record in regards to job creation, especially coming out this really deep recession, where you would expect - once we come out - things to really accelerate. But we still have sluggish economic growth and we are not seeing the kind of job creation that's been needed to get us out of this and to deal with the high level of unemployment. I think that is going to be the big issue," said Boustany.
Meanwhile Boustany heads back to Washington Sunday. Congress will be back in session on Monday and begin the appropriations process to fund various departments.