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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soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. Jeremy Johnson

    I like the guy who commented that the Republican party is worst in US History and has never don anything right. Interesting. I guess that you still want slavery? The Dems were also the party of the KKK. Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan. Wow, what losers. Now, let's talk Robert Byrd (Grand Wizard of the KKK), Jimmy Carter, Lyndon Johnson, and the always "fun to consider" Nancy Pelosi. Seriously, like she hasn't spent a few moments in a tanning bed – not to mention her night time rendezvous with Joe Biden at the plastic surgeon.

    March 14, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. CHIPS

    When this health bill pass. The dems will already be 30 million ahead of you cut your nose off idiots.

    March 14, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  3. Minnesotan

    Yeah, "Boner," and pigs could fly in November too.....

    March 14, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. silky

    Boehner...said, "taking the house back is doable"...he also said it would be tough...anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool...it is possible but would be a long shot....But long shots have made it....anyone remember Obama? Repubs should be hopeful and work hard and Dems should be wary, your policies are turning the public against you. You turned something everyone wants (Health care/Insurance reform) into a boondoggle. Your jobs bills do not produce real jobs, your climate/tax bill is a lie....but, please, continue your evil ways and thanks for all you do.

    March 14, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. Todd

    The irony in this whisting past the graveyard is that boner himself may be out of a job this November. He is facing the first serious challenge to his reign of terror in Ohio in many years. I have relaitves who live there and the general consensus seems to be that he is a Black and Decker tool. (They are orange, too)

    March 14, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. CEE

    This guy has been smoking his teabags, no more Republican destruction.

    March 14, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. Dis Gusted

    Now does Boehner really think the US citizens are going to vote for spoiled children to run this country? I don't think so, and he's one of the worst for bad, childish behavior.

    March 14, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  8. CHIPS

    Yell, the American people can't wait to vote to finish bankrupting the country and give in to big corp. Not, Not and Not this time.

    March 14, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  9. uncledrinky

    And the right wingers continue showing that they are delusional...

    March 14, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  10. coach

    I suggest you don't run on your accomplishments if you want to have a chance since you haven't had any.

    March 14, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. CHIPS

    In your dreams. You wouldn't win an election for the color of orange in an orange grove.

    March 14, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  12. rightsaid

    The GOP does not deserve to gain any additional power.

    March 14, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  13. scotty

    Thanks Dems, for helping the Repubs make the greatest political come back in history.We could not have done without your in fighting, lack of presidential leadership and far left progressive stance on many issues.There is a lesson to be learned here for both parties,dont recruit candidates who are in name only.The 30 or so conservative Dems in the house are a thorn in the leaderships side.It took the Repubs 8 years to be kicked out ,and its taking the Dems only one year for the voters to turn on them.

    March 14, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  14. josh

    Obama has done nothing to be proud of. He has sent us down the road to ruin. Think think think you democrats. !!!!!!! If ony your grand children could speak to you now as they would when they are your age. It's not pretty and you are at fault for not seeing it.

    March 14, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  15. lady in the know

    I guess by reading the comments from the people here and their name calling, lack of information and just plain stupidity of the facts, that IF by some freak of the election process, they do retain their majority in the fall, we can expect to plunge into an abyss the likes of which this country has never seen. We are well on our way now. And as for continually blaming Bush, GET OVER IT! Your fearless (?) leader is to blame now, no one else-HIM! He was supposed to fix things, not make them worse. Understand? Do you get that? Perhaps if he would have left things alone and NOT tried to fix things, simply because he had no experience, we would have recovered alot faster. And besides, he and his party had plenty of chances to stop Bush when they were in power the last two years of Bush's administration. As one can plainly see now, it is the Congress that runs the show in the country, not the President. So if the Democratic Congress that was in power when Bush was president, wanted to shut Bush down, they could have, but they didn't. They obviously went along with his ideas and passed them, so if you want to point the finger, turn it around and point it at yourselves. You have no one to blame but all you uninformed, name calling people who don't seem to want to hear the truth. Again-GET OVER IT

    March 14, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  16. The Calabash Kid

    WoW wrote: "The liberal 'give everybody everything for free so they don't have to work for it' doctrine needs to END NOW!"

    Wow obviously cannot define Liberalism. I suspect he has no idea what Conservatism, Socialism, and Communisim are either. When you see comments like this, you have to wonder. Is the writer deliberately lying to us? Or, is he just another naive sucker who actually believes what Conservative leaders have been saying for 80 years. In most cases, I think the writer is just another ignorant sucker who has been conned by a guy with poofy hair, a southern accent, and wearing a $2,000 suit.

    I am a Liberal who knows the definition of Liberalism and knows that Liberalism has nothing to do with giving people money so they don't have to work. I am a Liberal who knows that when six people apply for one job, they are not all going to be hired. I am a Liberal who knows that if every unemployed person in America applied for every job opening in America, only one-sixth of them would get a job. I am a Liberal who doesn't like to see Americans unable to access medical care for themselves and their families.

    March 14, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  17. Republicans are Repugnant Taliban

    @Jeremy Johnson as a student of history anyone who cares knows that the Republican party and Democrat party have done a 180 flip between Abe Lincolns time and now, as is easily seen by how anti black Republicans are now versus then. The Republicans then were the 'liberal' party but all of that changed in the time of the depression. Since then Republicans have been ultra conservative and against blacks. You really should read your history, keeps you from making stupid comments and repeating stupid mistakes.

    March 14, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  18. David in So Texas

    John you stayed too long in the tanning bed...step back from the crack pipe and put your hands behind your head...mid term elections normally see the minority party pick up seats but American frustration and anger will not translate into a Rebublican landslide...as a matter of fact do not be surprised to see Rebublicans fall as well...sorry John the party of no does not have what it takes...if we are lucky maybe a viable third party emerges which then forces the other two to compromise.

    March 14, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  19. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    "This administration is forcing our American dollar to weaken each and every day around the world. It's disturbing and it needs to be stopped.'

    And if you had ever warmed a desk seat in an econ 101 class you would know that a lower dollar is a GOOD thing during a recession.

    It makes our goods more affordable to the global market and since domestic consumers are not buying we need the global consumer to buy what goods we do produce.

    Wow, what a moron.

    March 14, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  20. T'SAH from Virginia

    I attended a Coffee Party Movement meeting yesterday and those are the American people I know!!! The RepubliCAN'Ts keep talking about the American People???? For a MINUTE – I was LOST!!! "Do ALL American people think the way of the RepubliCAN'Ts???"

    Yesterday I learned differently!!! The sleeping GIANT has awakened and the RepubliCAN'Ts are in for a RUDE AWAKENING!!! I joined the Coffee Party 6 days ago and the members were more than 101,000 – Yesterday – it grew to over 148,000 in the AM....Yes We Can!!!

    March 14, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  21. Marcus

    WoW – Of course that, in the long term, the current measures that the current presidency is using to get the country out of the hole that the previous presidency (with Boehner conset by action or inaction) put it in. In the long term. In the SHORT term it's the right thing to do. Ask any non-libertarian economist, he will tell why in the long term is bad and why in the short term is good.

    As for Boehner himself, man is the man talking! And talking! And talking! As for acting or doing anything...

    March 14, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  22. Wake up!!!

    Pride comes before the fall and this Fall he'll realize how much of an idiot he is for saying that the Republicants will take over. There is another idiot on the left that said the Demoncraps will stay in power for 40 years. It's that Skeletor looking dude who's name escapes me. I think it's James Carville or something. I'm almost certain that it is James Carville but I digress. He is a moron just as this idiot is a moron and all of our rich representatives are morons and idiots. We need to get all of their butts out of there and get people that actually care about the people they "represent". We need David Walker to run for President to fix the problems that we face in the future and also set term limits for the idiots in the house and senate.

    March 14, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  23. craig

    How about both sides work together to resolve issues.

    March 14, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  24. Marcus

    Please CNN post this one and not the incomplete one.

    WoW – Of course that, in the long term, the current measures that the current presidency is using to get the country out of the hole that the previous presidency (with Boehner conset by action or inaction) put it in are not healthy for the economy. In the long term. In the SHORT term it's the right thing to do. Ask any non-libertarian economist, he will tell why in the long term is bad and why in the short term is good.

    As for Boehner himself, man is the man talking! And talking! And talking! As for acting or doing anything...

    March 14, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  25. Francisco Cardenas

    Boehner also thinks Rove's new book will become a classic instead of the farce that it is.

    March 14, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
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