August 26th, 2010
05:30 PM ET
4 years ago

Already boasting, Republicans predict huge gains in November

Washington (CNN) - A top House Republican boasted Thursday that Republicans are already positioned to take control of the House, and argued the Democrats' political position will only worsen as Election Day approaches.

California Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the top recruiter of GOP candidates and chief Republican Whip in the House, told reporters on a conference there are "more than enough seats" to win, and added, "I think the map is getting bigger by the day."

McCarthy, who has traveled to more than 50 districts so far during the August recess, said the economy and the President's poll numbers are dragging down Democrats' chances of keeping their majority. On President Obama, the GOP leader predicted, "I think his approval rating will be even lower" by November and said the overall size of the political playing field will expand as a result.

McCarthy said over 80 House seats are now in play, noting that is more than twice the number Republicans need to take the majority. Ticking through many of the competitive races across the country, McCarthy predicted even more seats currently leaning Democratic –like Rep David Wu's in Oregon and Rep Carolyn McCarthy's in New York - will begin shifting toward the Republican column.

McCarthy maintained there is a "panic mode inside the Democratic party from the Democrats themselves" and said party leaders would soon have to make tough choices about which candidates deserved resources and who would be cut off.

He pointed to Florida Blue Dog Democrat Allen Boyd, who narrowly held off a primary challenger on Tuesday, as someone who is "pretty much in essence gone." The California Republican also said that GOP fundraising is on the up tick - closing what was a 6-1 money gap between Democrats and Republicans to closer to 2 -1.

Another top House Republican, GOP Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Pennsylvania, touted the more than 500 events he said Republicans have held so far over the recess in a call with reporters Thursday. He and other Republicans point out that the intensity of voters is driven by economic anxiety.

"Everywhere I go its about jobs and spending, it's about the fact that economic policies of this administration have failed and the American people are looking for a new approach that will bring certainty," Pence said.

Democrats dismissed GOP assessments about the midterms, arguing it was just a case of Republicans prematurely "measuring the drapes" before Election Day.

Ryan Rudominer, spokesman for the House Democratic campaign arm, shot back, "In Kevin McCarthy-land every seat in Congress is in play." He said that some of the so-called "Young Gun" candidates who were hand picked by McCarthy and other GOP leaders are not as strong as they are billed to be. One example is David Rivera, the Republican candidate who just won his primary for an open seat in South Florida.

Rivera has denied allegations made by his political opponents about domestic violence – an allegation Rivera says stems from a case of mistaken identity – and he has had to answer questions about his involvement in a traffic incident with postal truck carrying campaign literature in 2002.

"With all the bluster and all the promises the NRCC has made, the bottom line is that they now face some tough decisions about which of their seriously flawed candidates with anemic fundraising have disqualified themselves as viable candidates and have to be abandoned," Rudominer said.

On Friday, Democratic Campaign Chairman Chris Van Hollen will lay out the Democratic fall plan of attack at a press conference, including a major grassroots push planned for this Saturday. House Democrats are shooting for their supporters knock on over 200,000 doors nationwide.

While Republicans repeat the mantra that the ailing economy will drive voters to make the midterms a "change" election, they remain vague about any detailed proposals they will unveil this fall to turn the jobs picture around.

McCarthy, who has been heading up an online listening project for Republicans to draft their policy agenda, will only say that will include a "fundamental government reform package" and will come out sometime next month. Both McCarthy and Pence pointed to the economic speech by House Republican Leader John Boehner on Tuesday as an indication of what types of policies they will espouse in the final weeks before the election. But beyond calling for the resignations of top Obama economic advisors, Boehner's speech gave little in the way of specific proposals.

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Filed under: 2010 • GOP • House Republicans • Kevin McCarthy • Republican Party
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. barry

    I fear their predictions are correct. We over promised and under delivered. Now we have Joe Biden continuing the "Summer Recovery tour". We squandered our opportunity.

    August 26, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. strong

    So, what's in it for the average American?? Nada as they say in California.

    These politicians are in it ONLY for themselves. WTH cares?

    August 26, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Okay Republicans, then what? Don't expect a honeymoon after a win, Americans expect solutions with results.

    August 26, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. MAhole

    Aerosmith wrote the perfect song for you tea-tards – it's called "Dream On".......................

    August 26, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Jilli

    I wouldn't start measuring the drapes just yet. The republicans have some real loons out there – there will be debates, and the truth about the candidates positions are going to be heard. One would have to start to think that electing nutjobs like Angle won't hurt, but elect a couple of those cranks and this country – particularly the middle/working class could be in for real trouble. They're trying to backtrack on the privitize social security and eliminate medicare for a voucher system – but that's what they're endorsing, and it could really hurt the working class. It's not a game folks, this is our future, do your research and vote intelligently – not with your emotions, but with your brain.

    August 26, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    It is indeed a sad comment on today's America that many will listen and follow these lying [R] blowhards, even with all the problems the country continues to face as a direct result of the previous run of FAILED [R] political power.

    You would need to be genetically deficient to actually want to vote [R] failure back into office. There is no other explantion for the sheer stupidity of it.

    August 26, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Elle in Idaho

    Yeah, and they thought they were going to win the White House and Senate too.

    August 26, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Dennis

    Fortunately, most Americans realize that the Republicans have had nothing to offer for the past 2 years other than hatred and whining, so why would we expect them to do anything more constructive if they were to win more seats. They seem to only offer the same old policies that have been proven to be miserable failures for the middle class Americans. Tax cuts for the rich to create jobs, well where were they? Deregulation to create competition and lower prices. Well, what prices are you paying for energy, cable, banking, healthcare and all the industries that were deregulated? The American people understand that the ONLY beneficiaries of the past decade were the millionaires who are now billionaires. They want to keep it that way and are willing to say and do anything to make it happen.

    August 26, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    If the GOP wins, then we're all in the front seat of going to hell in a handbasket.

    Eight years of the RWNJ nonsense wasn't enough? Do the American people not remember the lies? The destruction of the civil rights? The ignoring of the Constitution? The alienation of our allies? The invasion of a country we weren't at war with? This happened once before in 1930's Germany - please tell me that the American people aren't going down that road because there are NO good intentions that way.

    August 26, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Dee

    There is a reason for the old saying, "don't count your chickens until they hatch". Things change very quickly in the political world.

    August 26, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. Von Bismark-Vienna

    Well the month of August is a month of dreams. Glenn Beck is already having a nightmare. Dream on!

    August 26, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. DUMocRATS RECORD DEFICITS + TAXES

    It's easier for the republicans.

    Look at the altnerative DUMocRAT plan

    Increase Deficit Check
    Increase Taxes Check
    Amnesty for Illegals Check
    Increase Spending Check

    Yeah, that's a tough choice.

    August 26, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. Lib Hunter

    Imam Obama and his cohorts of Radicals are in for an extremely rude awakening come November. Day by day, job loss by job loss, it has become apparent to the majority of Americans that the Radical Liberals in Congress as well as the Imam and Chief are complete failures and an embarrassment to this once great country. Time to send the congressional Dems to the unemployment line and make Clueless and Chief the quickest Lame Duck President in history. Good Job Libs. You guys are even more pathetic than I originally thought. LOL

    August 26, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Rick

    While I think and hope that the GOP will take the House, it is way too early to e making boastful comments. The Republicans have minimized their own chances at a majority in the Senate by nominating extreme candidates. Boasting about an easy victory could lead to less voter turn-out and thus to the continued dominance of the Dems. I do not remember 1948, but I remember old timers telling me that Republicans were over confident, and thus celebrated rather than voted. Thus we never had President Dewey.

    August 26, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Unions helped build the middle class

    Keep wishing on a star republicans. as I keep laughing.

    August 26, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Gerry

    The remarks on financing moving from 6-1 to 2-1 isn't shedding light on the whole picture. It was what just one month ago that Republicans blocked the campaign finance bill which imposed new limitations of public funding. So now big bussiness can pour in as much money as they want. With that said and the numbers given...doesn't that in fact prove Republicans are in the pocket of big bussiness?

    August 26, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  17. tcaudilllg

    "But beyond calling for the resignations of top Obama economic advisors, Boehner's speech gave little in the way of specific proposals."

    Nor will there be any, because they can't conceive of anything other than deregulation and lower taxes. That is their weakness. Let's smash 'em.

    August 26, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Uh Oh!!

    I don't care who's in power!!!! just do your job, shut up and stop asking me for money...then maybe i'll vote for you so you can WORK for ME again.

    August 26, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. Dean

    Too bad many of you liberals don't realize that the DEm congress and Clinton led the way for our current financial situation. It wasn't the Republicans who forced fannie and freddie to give loans for houses to people who could not afford to pay them back and it wasn't the Republicans who repealed the Glass-Steagall Act that allowed financial instutitions get in over their heads and need to get bailed out, it was Clinton. Do some research before you blame the Republicans for everything. You might learn something worthwhile.

    August 26, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  20. ladybug

    No sane American voter would allow the wingnuts to run congress. Keep believing your own hype, Republicans. The far right wing lunatics have taken over your party. The Teabaggers are nothing new; they are stricktly Republicans full of racial hatred, and homophobic views.

    August 26, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  21. roro

    Those people who believe that we cannot go back to the policies that got us in this mess in the first place better make sure they go out and vote for the Democrats. What the Bush/Cheney administration did during those 8 long years cannot be undone in less than 2 years. Give Obama a chance. He's doing all he can considering the Republicans are blocking everything he tries to do.

    August 26, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. Paul H

    I tend to stay middle right. I agree with most conservative values. But I'm somewhat skeptical of the Republicans. I still wonder if they understand where they went wrong?
    They went to the left with the spending. There was nothing conservative about the Bush administration. And this new administration has taken on the whole left wing agenda.
    The cost of living has gone up, and wages stayed the same, or jobs have gone away.

    August 26, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. carlos

    talipublicans will get their CRAP beaten in november, anyone voting for these criminals is just that.....

    August 26, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. katiec

    Blowing their usual hot air. They boast, brag, lie, distort and they can depend on CNN to headline whatever they say. Am getting so sick of the bias, negativity of the media.
    They have done nothing for the last 19 months but obstruct everything, trying for further destruction of our country. As their voting records prove, they do not want any improvements, could care less about us and our country. They do not give the American people credit for our ability to think, sort out their propaganda and realize they almost destroyed our country, for which they have taken no responsibility or made any efforts for our survival.

    August 26, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. T'SAH from Virginia

    "I think his approval rating will be even lower" was said by this MORON about President Obama!!!

    You know what??? If the polls go any LOWER then the country will know that ONLY RepubliCAN'Ts are getting POLLED and NO ONE of Color or others in certain ZIP CODES are involved!!!

    August 26, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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