March 14th, 2010
11:21 AM ET
3 years ago

GOP could win control of the House, Boehner says


Washington (CNN) – House Minority Leader John Boehner is feeling upbeat about his party’s prospects in November’s midterm elections.

“We've got more candidates than we've ever had,” Boehner said in an interview that airs on Sunday’s State of the Union. “We've got better candidates than we ever had. We have a better process of helping to grow candidates and grow campaigns than we've ever had. No question that we're going to get outspent in this election. But I think that - that we have a chance at winning Republican control of the House.”

“And I'm going to do everything I can to see that it happens,” Boehner also said.

Asked by CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley to evaluate the GOP’s chances of retaking the House, Boehner was realistic.

“It's a steep climb, but it's doable,” Boehner told Crowley.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, begs to differ with Boehner’s prediction.

“The Democrats will retain the majority in the House of Representatives,” Pelosi said on State of the Union last month.

Pelosi added, “I'm not yielding one grain of sand, we're fighting for every seat.”

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  1. Phil

    The liberal "give everybody everything for free so they don't have to work for it",,, OK, why don't you rich conservatives give job to the 10% of the work force without jobs. It's be the Christian thing to do!

    March 14, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Dave

    If the GOP does, I hope they take responsibility for governing.... which would be a dramatic shift from the politics of NO.

    March 14, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. jim

    i imagine they do have lots of candidates running ... or trying to run ... and the ones i've seen/heard about are so out of touch with real life they don't have a chance.

    March 14, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. ww

    it's a complete fallacy that all those in favor of healthcare are unemployed and sitting around waiting for government to support them. There are PLENTY of people (myself included) who have worked for over 25 years supporting THEMSELVES. The only difference is that I care about my fellow man, NOT "I got mine, screw the rest"....so don't you all be assuming all those in support of this are deadbeats!

    March 14, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Mike in Texas

    Since when is "could" take control bold? The Pirates could win the World Series this year. Could and will are two entirely different things.

    March 14, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. buckwheat

    Why would anyone in their right mind even want this mess we are in?Leave the Dems in there .They said they had all the answers before the last election.They have had the majority since 2006 and did nothing and they have continued as usual.They have depleted the treasury and I think it was their main goal.Did they not promise you they would redistribute the wealth? The Republicans should keep their mouths shut and let them do their thing.

    March 14, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Keith

    What is needed in November is more Independents voted into Congress. Creating a third-party swing vote will FORCE the Republicans and Democrats to sit down together and develop these bills. NO MORE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS PARTISAN APPROACH!

    March 14, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Mike in Texas

    If Pelosi and Reed need to go, so do Boehner, Bachman, Cantor, and Shelby.

    Why do you want to give control back to the Republicans. If you think the incumbent Repubs have fiscal responsibility you are mistaken.

    Their platform will be tax cut for the wealthy such as Capital Gains and Estate tax eliminations.

    De regulation of the financial industries.

    No Health Care Reform at all, including pre-existing conditions.

    Continued deficit spending.

    Massive education cuts

    Gutting of SS and Medicare.

    Seriously, is this what you want?

    March 14, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Brandon

    How does he say this with a straight face? The Republican plan for solving America's fiscal problems was recently proposed by Paul Ryan: raising taxes and slashing benefits for most Americans (anyone earning between $20k and $200k), HUGE tax cuts for the richest 0.1% of the population, complete destruction of Medicare (replacing it with vouchers, which will cut senior citizens' health coverage by 76% over time).

    Thanks, but no thanks, John Boehner.

    March 14, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Jerry in Ohio

    Once health care passes and most Americans realize that ' the sky is NOT falling', Republicans will have earned their nickname. Grand Obstructionist Party. Remember right wingers, we don't make as much noise, but WE are the majority!

    March 14, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. meb

    What I find interesting is the criticism of this administration for doing nothing by people belonging to a party who, from the very beginning, stated that they wanted to ensure that this President's policies failed. Without even seeing the first piece of legislation, they had their minds made up that they were not going to let this pass. That is being closed minded. I also find it interesting that they label him the most liberal President this nation has ever had. A recent analysis by a conservative writer in NewsWeek showed that Obama governs more from the center as Reagan (Republican hero) did. And by sheer coincident, Obamas approval rating after 1 year in office is exactly what Reagan's was. Keep in mind. A true bleeding-heart liberal does not believe in war and would have never committed more troops to an existing war. People need to remove their bigotry and look at things with an objective, reasonable mind (if possisble). One last thing. With the complexities of our government and our economy, to expect overnight remedies for issues that took decades to create is totally illogical and borders on stupidity.

    March 14, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. John

    The only way the GOP comes even close to winning back either house of Congress is to keep lying about what they stand for and by not having a national media call them on it.

    The GOP stands for the wealthy and only for the wealthy. The wealthy will donate a lot of money to the GOP to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.

    March 14, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Donna from Colorado Springs

    What Boehner says may be true.....very sad but true! It's a shame that the Dems have not made any significant progress in their ownership of congress, and most of us are very un-impressed. Republicans however, have ramped up the lies and rhetoric that they are famous for, and, for some unknown reason, people are buying into their schemes and trickery. Have people really forgotten how bad it was when Republicans ran the counrty?????????????? Is that the direction you want this country to go in again? Think about it people. You voted them out because they did nothing but get us into problems that couldn't be fixed. Obama has only been in office for a little over a year, and you would rather go back to the Republican way of life than give him the time to fix what Bush screwed up! He inherited a gigantic mess left to him by Bush and it's like swimming in mud. It will take a

    March 14, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Steve

    Yep. We have shown America that the Dems can not do anything! We blocked everything they tried and they have nothing to show for it. America will vote us back in and we will take control; we will violate the constitution, make bigger profits for corporations, and when we are in power we will even start saying "yes" again. "...we have a chance at winning Republican control of the House.” “And I'm going to do everything I can to see that it happens,” Nothing will stop us now.

    March 14, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Minnesota gal

    I thnk that spray on tan has effected more than the color of his face.

    March 14, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Boehner you are a fool. Americans do not want Republicans that follow a narrow ideological path. We want representatives, regardless of party, that are practical, logical thinkers who put their country ahead of their party. Democrats and Republicans have not figured this out yet. Unless you get it I think you better pray that third party candidates do not actively seek election or you are going to be in a much smaller minority then you are already.

    March 14, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. James

    Boehner & his cronies have no idea of what those struggling are in need of. I plan to do ALL within my power to FIGHT for this NOT to happen!!!

    March 14, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Solo75

    In 8 years the GOP did nothing, they just destroyed our country, the economy and send our soldiers to stupid wars. People should not forget that.

    March 14, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. They call me "tater salad"

    That's what all this is really about for the Republicans.........Show little to no respect for our President or the American people, and focus all of their time and energy on winning elections and NOTHING ELSE! I for one will be doing everything in MY power to make sure YOU DON"T WIN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE OR SENATE Boenher and there are PLENTY of others who plan on doing the same come November..........So I guess you're right ........There certainly will be a surprise in November...............Just not the one you were expecting, so enjoy the ride while it lasts because it's all gonna come to an end soon enough!!!!!!!!!!

    March 14, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Tony

    Democrats will need more than two years to clean up the messes caused during the last administration, let alone enact long-neglected reforms. If the American people are so impatient that they swing to the other party just because everything isn't fixed RIGHT NOW, then they will never get what they want.

    The GOP is not interested in helping people. It's against their religion practically to govern effectively. However bad you think the Dems are, the GOP will only be worse.

    March 14, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. salmon

    The GOP tried to pander too often to the more liberal wing of the party (McCain, Graham) and abandoned many of the Conservative principles that have guided the party when it has been successful, primarily fiscal conservativism. They spent way too much and paid the price in 2008. The hard left turn taken by Obama/Pelosi/Reid (more gov't, higher taxes, exploding deficits) has opened the door for the GOP again, and put everything into play starting with the House and Senate this year.

    The question is whether the GOP has learned its lessson. They need to stick with Conservative principles (particularly fiscal Conservatism) and explain why those priniciples benefit everyone (even liberals). They have been offering a significantly better set of ideas for healthcare reform, ideas that they should have been putting forth over the past eight years (a legitimate criticism).

    2008 will be the first opportunity for the voters to show what they think of the direction the liberals want to take the country when they control the House, Senate, and White House. My prediction is that the GOP retakes the House and comes up just short on the Senate.

    Obama can salvage his Presidency by working with the GOP like Clinton did with Newt in 1994. If he fails to do that, the GOP will likely take the White House and Senate in 2012. Then they will get an opportunity to show the voters if they have learned their lesson. The beauty of our system is that the people can replace their elected officials if those officials no longer represent their views.

    March 14, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. dick delson

    this guy is a real right wing idiot.

    March 14, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. quieteye

    Great Depresson, Savings & Loan Debacle, Great Recession – Americans – Don't you see the republican way?

    March 14, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. John in Tampa

    Better candidates than they've ever had? Interesting admission coming from a former candidate. Let's hope.

    March 14, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. beevee

    It is a wishful thinking for the GOP. If they do win it is only just a reflection of the dominance of the media in twisting political things and leading the public in a wrong direction. Any one with a thinking mind can see that things are starting to improve for the country economically and in our war against terrorism. I do not beleive that the GOP lead WH, congress would have done better than this. If they could things should'nt have come to this sorry state when a republican was the president of this country.

    March 14, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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