Boehner 'feeling better' about GOP keeping House majority
August 2nd, 2012
01:28 PM ET
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Boehner 'feeling better' about GOP keeping House majority

Washington (CNN) - Back in April House Speaker Boehner raised some alarm bells when he said there was a one in 3 chance Republicans would lose control of the House. But with 96 days until the election Boehner is sounding more optimistic.

"I'm feeling better," Boehner replied when asked about that previous assessment at his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.

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"Our team is in pretty good shape. Our members have worked hard, and frankly our candidates and challengers out there - a lot of them have been through tough primaries. And I feel good about where we are as a team," Boehner said.

Boehner's political aide at the time admitted that the speaker was deliberately trying to get GOP donors and supporters to provide resources to Republican candidates in order to retain the House majority.

The speaker did add that it's not time to sit back, saying, "we've got a lot of work to do between now and November but our team is doing well."

While Boehner was expressing confidence, the executive director of the House Democrats' campaign committee argued the GOP's plan to keep control of the House rests on their plan to knock off about a dozen Democratic incumbents, which he said was flawed.

"The so called top tier Republican challengers to our Democratic incumbents are more like a baggage brigade. From millions owed in back taxes, to outsourcing, to mismanagement, these Republican candidates are weighed down by baggage that ensures middle class families can't trust them and certainly won't vote for them," Robby Mook told reporters on a Thursday conference call.

The Democrats need to win control of 25 seats in the House to wrest the majority from the Republicans.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • John Boehner
soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. The REAL TRUTH...

    The Grand Obstructionist Party delusions continue unabated....

    August 2, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. simp

    Looks like the cry baby speaker is in need of a drink, what a loser

    August 2, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    @Myviewis: "No,no, that's the GSA employees taking our tax paying dollars for cooking classes, hugh bonuses, hugh overtime pay, conferences and video time filming during working hours."

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, the GSA screwed up royally – and an investigation will happen, the matter will be dealt with and the guilty parties punished.

    If you're looking for wasting taxpayer dollars, look no further than Haliburton and the missing $6.7 BILLION in Iraq.

    August 2, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. ART

    Lets see we got Boehner the tanned cry baby,Cantor the android, and MCconnell the walking corpse who looks like he'
    s been soaked in formaldehyde. All hateful disgusting human beings

    August 2, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. truth hurts

    the house did exactly what the american people put them there to do in 2010. stop obama and the democrats insane spending and destruction of our healthcare system. they have succeeded and in doing so the economy and jobs started to come back. once the job is finished with the removal of obama and the senate democrats, the country can truly start to move forward again. democrats have spent 6 long years crushing the economy and jobs. enough is enough.

    August 2, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Michael Q

    And he still believes, America is still the 'best' country at everything in the world! Delusional to say the least. Could he just give one example where he said a problem was not Obama's fault? Compromise is no longer a word in the Republican dictionary, and a leader he is not. I predict, assuming Americans have any intelligence left, the Congress will return to the Democrats and the Senate will have the Democrats with the 60% necessary to get some work done.

    August 2, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. rs

    truth hurts
    Good try. I think the country likes it when the Democrats are in charge- deficits go down, employment goes up, and so does the markey. Nothing the GOP says or does will erase the nightmare of the Bush years, whether we talk about his "tax-cut and spend" ways, the unfunded wars, the 125,000 innocent dead Iraqis (not to mention the 2 million turned into refugees).

    You guys live in a fantasy.

    August 2, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Name bullock

    I know that people are stupaid saying word rude to behener also I want to know what happened about fraud check scam from afrcian amerciam then people are cheat vote support for presdinet obama that is avoid with fraud check scam from afrcian amercian

    August 2, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Myviewis wrote:

    Rudy you definitely are a government worker and are trying real hard to keep us in the dark of how little actually gets worked in government offices.
    ----------------–
    Bad answer. I am a disabled retiree who is older than dirt.

    August 2, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. truth hurts

    >Rudy NYC – I guess you would rather that the administration overlook it, instead of exposing it and putting and end to it

    actually they did overlook it for over year. the top people remained in place and partied on. only when it came to light in the press were they removed. obama believes the government sector is hurting more than the private sector so is reluctant to let any of them go as that would adversely affect the unemployment numbers.

    August 2, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Darryl

    Boehner better start worrying about his leader of the Party ! 2 weeks to get to Colorado to visit a shooting victum ? Oh yea ! Thats right, my mistake. He went there to do a Presidential Speech....LOL

    August 2, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Myviewis

    ThinkAgain

    @Myviewis: "No,no, that's the GSA employees taking our tax paying dollars for cooking classes, hugh bonuses, hugh overtime pay, conferences and video time filming during working hours."

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, the GSA screwed up royally – and an investigation will happen, the matter will be dealt with and the guilty parties punished.

    If you're looking for wasting taxpayer dollars, look no further than Haliburton and the missing $6.7 BILLION in Iraq.
    ---------------------------

    Let's not forget the $527 million dollars to Solyndra and $529 million dollars to Fiskar in Finland.

    August 2, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. stephan P.

    So is that the Republican plan? Prostrate ourselves before the corporate gods and lower their taxes to nothing praying they wont outsource jobs? Destroy unions so there is nothing to stand in their way of messing over workers? Since when did conservatives become slaves to the private sector? Answer: When Boehner and the Tea Party bunch took office. The DISCLOSE Act killed, The Jobs Bil killed( which would have fought to keep jobs in America), 31 times trying to repeal ACA. All of this and cutting jobs from the public sector? How does that benefit the common man? Since when does the private sector just hand out jobs for no good reason? Anyone care to answer?

    August 2, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "the house did exactly what the american people put them there to do in 2010."

    Is that why House GOPers/Teatrolls have a much much lower approval rating than the Dems' approval rating, which itself is already in the range of "abysmal"? Interesting interpretation of the facts, champ. Next you'll be telling us that 2 is greater than 3. BTW, zip up your fly, your superficial non-analysis is hanging out.

    August 2, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. where your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    when the GOP won the House....the Tea Party Republicans (or as Sen McCain called them the Hobbits) held their breath and stomped their feet if they didn't get their way.....thus the Congress approval rating fell to the lowest in history around 12 or 11%. So why in God's name would we want to send these worthless folks right back?

    August 2, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "obama believes the government sector is hurting more than the private sector so is reluctant to let any of them go"

    And there we have it: "2 is greater than 3." Maybe it's news to you, since you live under a rock and only tune in to right wing extremist radio signals via your tinfoil hat, but government/public sector jobs have decreased the entire time Obama has been in office at the local, state and federal level and have frequently been the job losses that overshadowed and negated private sector job GAINS to produce jobs reports that appear lackluster and don't show any movement on the unemployment percentage. Your jibba jabba just doesnt' jive with reality.

    August 2, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    The house republican bafoons screw up everything and do nothing and then are dumb enough to think people are still going to vote for them!!

    August 2, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "So why in God's name would we want to send these worthless folks right back?"

    But but but...the country is turning brown and I'm angry and in a panic!!!!

    August 2, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. cali girl

    The GOP has done nothing put up their middle finger very high in the air, all directed at the American people.
    Job bills, we need them, where are they? Sorry Americans, the GOP only wants to repeal the Obamacare at least 31 times.

    August 2, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. truth hurts

    sniffit wins the daily drivel of the day for his usual non-fact fecess filled responses. and please stop fantasizing about my manhood. you're started to freak me out gay boy.

    August 2, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "So is that the Republican plan?....."

    Welcome to Derpanomics. Please, have a seat...a conservative will be with you shortly to remove the last of your self-determination.

    August 2, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Myviewis wrote:

    Let's not forget the $527 million dollars to Solyndra and $529 million dollars to Fiskar in Finland.
    ---------------
    Smart conservatives realize those issues are non-factors. Making an issue out of bad investments just doesn't look good when your own candidate admits that not all investments are successes. Please, keep up the good work.

    August 2, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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