Washington (CNN) – Republican Minority Leader John Boehner expressed confidence Sunday he would become House speaker if conservatives prevail in November.
"I believe I have the support of my colleagues, current and future," Boehner told FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
If elected, he would likely preside over an unwieldy group of moderate, conservative and Tea Party Republicans.
Boehner has recently become the target of high-level attacks from Democrats, including President Obama. Some believe the minority leader, who has been criticized for his ties with lobbyists, will not be popular with many Republicans once he becomes more widely known.
Boehner told Wallace a Republican takeover of Congress would mean no more "business as usual in Washington, DC."
But he would not go into specifics about how his party would balance the budget or handle pricey entitlement programs like Social Security or Medicare.
"When you start down that path, you just invite all kinds of problems," Boehner said.
"Let's not get to the potential solutions," Boehner said about the deficit. "Let's make sure Americans understand how big the problem is. Then we can begin to talk about possible solutions."
His counterpart, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), said "clearly the deficit is a terrific problem that we've got to face" but called a set of new Republican initiatives unveiled Thursday "more spin than substance."
Hoyer also said Democrats were likely to reconvene after the November elections to vote on extending tax cuts, even if Republicans have gained a majority in the House.
He defended the probability of a lame duck session and told Wallace "I don't think we're going to make any decisions against the will of the American public."
"I think it is absolutely correct and under both parties' leadership we have done that," Hoyer said. "Members of Congress are elected for 24 months. Not for 21 months, not for 22 months. For 24 months. And they will continue their responsibility until the end of their term."