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. Martin Blonstein

    Yes, it is perfectly all right for a hard working citizen who brings
    up three children and does all the right things to be denied
    coverage because one of his children , at age 9 , develops a
    deadly liver condition. How dare he !!! How dare he expect
    an insurance company to pay out good money. It is better that
    his child dies, rather than the billion dollar plus conglomerate
    pay out one red cent more. That what free enterprise is about..
    the bottom line. The Republican health care plan.....DON'T GET
    SICK !!!

    March 14, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    Andy, I have a question for you? Do you realize what kind of trouble this country is in. We're in trouble, and we're not out of it yet. Wall Street is not yet re-regulated. They could pull the same game on us all over again, gamble freely, keeping their winnings and the taxpayers covering their losses. I'd say odds are great that they are. Do you think we can withstand it? There's a slow, thoughtful process going on in DC at this time to right the ship, and prepare for the next wave. 30 years of deregulation can't be fixed in 14 months. It's going to take a decade or two. We don't have to like it. I certainly don't. But we owe it to ourselves to at least try to understand what's gone wrong and what's being attempted to fix it instead of just throwing out the isms – Nazism, Socialism, Marxism, and the like. That's ignorant.

    March 14, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. maf

    Boehner and the rest of the GOP talking heads would not be so adamantly opposed to this (or any) legislation unless it makes them look bad. . . which in effect means that it is good policy!!!

    Health Care, stimulus, getting out of two wars, turning the economy around, all make the last administration look bad, and that is not a good thing for the Party of NO!

    Keep the pressure on Dems, vote those Republicans out in 2010 and 2012.

    March 14, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. stop the nonsense

    Mr Bohener is pssiblily right. however, not for any reasons he may think.
    A very bad fact campaign by Democrats and the lies by some Republicans have Americans disgruntled for the wrong reasosns.
    The sad fact is Americans memories arevery short. Their 1994 tossing of Democrats did not help their causes. The past years has certainly not been long enough to allow for REALY change- the first budget of this administration does not even go into afftect until this July- a fact most people do not realize.
    Stop and think back to December 2008- that's what yuo could face again- or worse!

    March 14, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. stevetall

    Exactly what would this ding-dong know about controlling something? He can't even work with the majority to get ANYTHING done!

    March 14, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    @Jersey Wonderfool – well said – thank you!

    March 14, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Sensible Joe

    Don't count your chickens before they hatch, Mr. Boehner. We Americans remember tasting your party's poison for eight long years, and it we don't want any more of it. And since Obama became president, you haven't offered any concrete, constructive solutions to America's problems, so we don't have any reason to vote for you. At least the Democrats are trying.

    March 14, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Baruch

    Boehner has no credibility, he is just talking to hear himself talk.

    March 14, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Keith

    What the GOP sees, and more importantly the swing vote- Independents voters see, is that the democrats threw gasoline on an economic fire and continue to do so while ignoring the people. Since 2008 the only thing the democrats brought to the table is creating a much larger Government, more government control and tripling the national debt. Now, is everyone better off since democrats took control of Congress, the law making body, 4 years ago? THIS is why we'll see big change in Congress come November.

    March 14, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Emma

    Now we know about your dreams when you sleep.

    March 14, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Washingtonian

    Boehner is full of S..T! And so is Mitch McConnell! Arrogant sons of B.....s! who don't give hoot for the sufferings of the American people. How can they call themselves Christians? How can they sleep each night? Read your Bibles boys, and act the way Jesus taught. Your God is Mammon, and that is a SIN!

    March 14, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Bob in PA

    The bitter partisan hatred shown in these comments dooms us to status quo. Nothing will change until true term limits are enacted.

    March 14, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. John

    Dream on, Boehner. Not gonna happen.

    March 14, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. dudh

    Nope, won't happen. For one thing, Republicans have no leadership worth spit, including Boehner.

    March 14, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Lloyd Roberts, Jamaica NY

    Repubs are a bunch of spoiled yuppie brats who gladly put their money in FDIC insured bank accounts, gladly accept Social Security payments when they turn 62 and a half, expect clean bacteria free water when they turn on the tap, but Dem are socialists? The federal employee health insurance program that senators and congressman enjoy was created in the fifties by a man who was so far above whatever creatures inhabit the capitol building now that they couldn't compare to what was on the bottom of his shoes. He wore five stars on his shoulder and was supreme allied commander in WWII. Yes, his name was Dwight Eisenhower and he created the Government Employees health insurance program to be a model for the private sector. He created this insurance because he saw his father go broke caring for his mother who had a chronic health problem and he didn't want that to happen to Americans, esp brave WWII vets who were returning to peacetime. Boehner = wimp.

    March 14, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Rick

    Is everyone on this Blog just playing Party lines, Has anyone really read the Healthcare Bill, do you know how it will effect you, just believing in the words of others, or are you deciding based on researched fact, which gives you a clear understanding of the ramifications. I believe we need to have health care reform.. But Not one sides behind closed doors, deal making ram it down our throats way of politics. We need to have both Dems and Rep. having healthy discussions to determine the real problems, and fix them!! This Dem will vote out any mem. of Congress who does otherwise.. This should be a real interesting election cycle..

    March 14, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    Keith – I suggest you do a little information gathering. Read Portfolio magazine online. I forgot the name of the article, but it's the one with the picture of the bull on Wall Street. It wasn't a few minorities who couldn't pay their mortgages. Do you really think that's what brought the world economy to it's knees? A loss of $13 or $14 Trillion Dollars? Seriously? It was a gambling ring on Wall Street in collusion with bond rating companies. Investment bankers knowingly bundled up these mortgages, and the bond companies gave them triple A ratings, with no collateral. And out the door they went into everyone's investment and retirement accounts. You need to do some research. And the Justice Department needs to throw a few thousand people in jail. It was Bernie Madoff to the nth degree.

    March 14, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Keith

    If this healthcare bill is so great and must be passed now why hasn't ANY politician stepped up and state they are willing to wrap their own healthcare under it? If you go onto a car dealership lot and the salesman consistently pushes you to "buy America" yet he drives off the lot in an import how much credibility will he have? How much trust do YOU have in him? Agains we have a common liberal stance: "Take care of my needs as long as it doesn't affect me financially....."

    March 14, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. I am the Wizard of Rush and I Say . . .

    Giving power back to the Republics is like giving your car keys back to the drunk driver who wrecked it.

    March 14, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. patsy

    To John: Term limits means people can't elect the person they want to represent them. The reason someone stays in office is because his/her constituents want them there or they would be voted out. People have a right to vote for the person they want. Term limits is just a way to control their votes.

    March 14, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. HarryB

    Here's the relevant point that Boner misses:
    "Despite the fact that Obama's popularity rating is only 53%,
    THE POPULARITY RATING OF CONGRESS IS 22%!"

    March 14, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Carole

    I have to say I actually watch this show now. It is so much more informative. Both sides get drilled evenly. You cannot even contemplate which side of the aisle Ms. Crowley is on. Great show!!!!

    I have to ask if the tanning bed or spray tan has gone to the Orange Man's head? This guy has been so hypocritical and out to lunch. I think they should get rid of the 'seniority' issue in the houses. Boehner is a good reason to look at that, along with the likes of Lieberman.

    March 14, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. PIGS, FLIGHT PLANS, BOEHNER

    The man has delusions of adequacy.

    March 14, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. Change In America

    The republicans is crazy...All of them need to lose there jobs.
    They help Bush in office to destroy America.

    Vote republicans out the office

    March 14, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Bessy

    If the American people are that stupid, then, I guess they get what they deserve. The unfortunate problem is that the whole country suffers for what that entails. We all should have learned a very bitter lesson from the Bush Administration and I guess the greedy did not. Actually, the Republicans are the party of the greedy and they really do not care what happens to the rest of the country.

    March 14, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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