March 14th, 2010
11:21 AM ET
7 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. Chris

    The entire Republican mindset is: "What is good for the GOP is good for America." Its always about the party first. Country is a distant second.

    March 14, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. sara

    Lets face it, we will never come together. We, Joe Public aren't any different then our folks in Washington. No one respects any ones opinion, We do the blame game and call each other names. It's all about control. If we don't come together somehow and stop being bullies, we are sure to go to hell in a hen basket.

    March 14, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. A4H

    Nothing would make this lifelong democrats see party members voted out of office. For the first time in my life, I'd be voting STRAIGHT REPUBLICAN TICKET in November.

    March 14, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. cardog

    To Arch...Because you are a vetran does not give you the high ground to sit in judgement with your head above the fray. Rather then try to show you are neutral, get involved and help make this a better country. For some reason all I got from your blog was High Horse Judgement.
    You're sort of like the comic line, "Although I did'nt vote, this is what I think about everything going on in My country".
    By the way, I'm a vetran also and I believe in our system through involvement.

    March 14, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Republicans are Repugnant Taliban

    @ Pete after reading your comment I can only think of one thing to say, You are an Idiot.

    March 14, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Chris G

    This guy is a joke. Just another reason I am embarrassed to live in Ohio.......

    March 14, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. John

    GOP could win control of the House, Boehner says

    If it happens, that would illustrate... what?

    That the Republicans can create ruin better than the Democrats can accomplish nothing?

    March 14, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. CR

    This clown is the GOP's minority leader? Pathetic.

    March 14, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. boo

    The GOP should concentrate on doing something to build up the nation not tearing down the other party. I think they are going to be shocked at lossing additional seats in the house.

    March 14, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Free america

    He's right my wife ,and I always voted Dem. This year we will be voting Reb. for the first time.

    March 14, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Joan

    One of the Republicans most constant arguments against the health care reform is that the American people don't want it. They say the tea baggers are the voice of the American people. Well, finally the rest of the American people have a voice in the Coffee Party which represents a CIVIL, common sense approach to the problems facing ALL Americans. I hope the media give this group the same amount of coverage that they gave the Tea Party last summer at town hall meetings. I saw a report on the BBC last summer that made it look like the majority of Americans were protesting like them which was kind of insulting. Mr. Boehner may find that the American people will finally realize that during the past year his party has been more harm to progress in government rather than finding solutions to the many problems left to President Obama. They are going to be on the wrong side of history on many issues which may come back to bite them.

    March 14, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. cspurgeon

    Boehner is another one that term limits could help with. Just listening to this person over the last year has made me ready to vote anyway to keep him personally off as speaker and I don't like Pelosi..where do these people come from. Are there no real people who want to run for office. He has spent so much time in his tanning bed it has fried his brain. He and the joker Cantor what a pair.

    March 14, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Adalbert

    How quickly people forget. The republicans is eight years ruined this country and now some people want more of the same. Unbelievable.

    March 14, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Pete

    The other day he was talking about when he becomes Majority Leader. Don't count your chickens. . . .

    March 14, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. greenehorn

    GOP caused this mess with reagannomics, they can fix the mess. By the way they had control from 1994-2006, just what did they do beside run up debt and build houses people could not afford. Be prepared to pay higher healthcare premiums, thats all they will offer you.

    March 14, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Leonore Dvorkin

    Here is my prediction, based on our feelings and those of many others whom we know: If the Democrats do NOT pass health reform, they will lose seats in the fall. If they DO pass health reform, we and many others will start contributing once again to the Democratic party, and they will win MORE seats. - David and Leonore Dvorkin, Denver, CO

    March 14, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. ronmac

    Wow, such closed minded ignorance on both sides, no wonder this country is in the shambles it is in. Both sides of the isle need to listen to each other and find some common ground, otherwise like always, nothing gets done. We have some serious issues to address in this country, we have lost our manufacturing sector, we're losing our technological sector and our Health Care System and Education System are broken. But while we have these issues that are fixable, our current leaders instead continue to bicker. After reading the posts above, unfortunately the general public is no different then our leaders, they all want to step on the soap box and just shout their opinion as if they're smarter than everyone else. Well guess what, none of you are completely right and guess what, none of you are completely wrong, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. I don't care who wins really, I just want someone to either lead, follow or get the hell out of the way, so someone can actually lead and get some things done.

    March 14, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Keith

    Lots of whiny liberals here, sounds like they have their backs up against the wall.

    March 14, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Craig from Pa.

    Boehner is a dunce and hopefully he will be voted out into obscurity...Every time he opens his mouth he just spews stupidity...It is shameful that idiots like him ever get into office....says a lot about the stupidity of the populace!

    March 14, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Justin Seine

    If the GOP takes the house, it will be analogous to switching goals at halftime in a football game with the score at zero to zero. The special interests will put on the half time show then we'll go into quarter 3 watching two inept teams try to maim each other without regard for the fans or the football! BAU – Business As Usual. John "Mr. McNasty" Boehner and Eric "We Can't" Cantor will be the only Cheerleaders. Today's Congress – A total waste of time, money and a complete disservice to the American People – WE DESERVE BETTER!

    March 14, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. The True Party Of NO

    The Dems NO jobs NO change NO plan NO accountability JUST NOTHING (they have added billions of debt) The True Party Of NO Hows that hopey changey thing working fur ya?

    March 14, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Keith

    Joan: The opinion polls are taken from areas across the country, NOT just the Tea Baggers. A clear-cut majority of the country believes this healthcare bill being shoved down our throats is bad news, and the democrats in Congress refuse to listen. Come November those democrats will no longer be a problem.......

    March 14, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Jeff

    Not a chance. Remember what George W Bush and a Republican controlled Congress did to this country. We are still paying a big price for their ignorance and hate.

    I will never vote for a Republican again.

    March 14, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Andy

    Pete is correct Repugnant,as much as you/liberals would like,you can not rewrite history-read it -you might not like what you read;BUT,the Dems ARE THE REAL PROBLEM,always have been,and always will be.LONG LIVE THE GOP.

    March 14, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. cspurgeon

    I don't watch Candy anymore. Flip channels whenever I see her on whatever show; her personal opinions are of no value and all questions are directed at supporting her opinions. Go away Candy...

    March 14, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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