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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soundoff (97 Responses)

    Worked hard ,the bonner said,what a joke !!!!!can't wait for the Gop bafoons party train wreck in Nov!!!

    August 2, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. w l jones

    Maybe maybe if these rep. spent one day in a COTTON FIELD they would go back to Washington stop dividing American and do the people business. Bless.

    August 2, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. ClarasBeau

    Everybody needs to get out and vote. No matter what this man (or anyone else, for that matter) says, the people's voice needs to be heard... no matter how the chips fall.

    August 2, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. mgc

    To bad for the country though, this house has the worst record in history. They have accomplished nothing in 4 years except try to repeal healthcare 33 times and abortion bill after abortion bill. Useless.

    August 2, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. MTATL67

    I think that optimism is just the Scotch

    August 2, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    John Boehner and the Republican House has done exactly what they should to insure victory at maintaining a majority in November's general election. They did what the voters asked them to do in the 2010 mid-term elections.

    Finally there are elected officials in Washington doing the work of the nation by holding firm to reduce federal spending. They have passed many jobs creation and economic recovery bills including a common sense budget that focused on the needs of the nation rather than the short term political party agenda favored by Democrats.

    August 2, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. curious

    Every candidate who promised jobs in the 2010 campaign should be sent home in 2012.

    August 2, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Bootstomper

    Give Boehner a gin and tonic and send him to Afghanistan.

    August 2, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Jon

    Party first, lobbyists second, I know the American people fit in somewhere further down the line, maybe at the bottom.

    August 2, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. greg

    It's because the extremely divisive topic of gay marriage has entered the dialogue. How conveniently timed, almost like it was planned. I guess its the new Rovian way, bash the queers at the ballots in order to fool the base into voting against their best fiscal interest.

    August 2, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. cali girl

    Don't count your chickens before they hatch Mr Orange Glow.

    August 2, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. n

    If Boehner himself is replace, that's a giant step forward. Boehner is in denial. He is by far the worst speaker of the house in america's history. He hasn't done a single thing to help this economy move forward. Boehner looks to be more of a drinker then a thinker. It's almost like he is a boarder line bipolar candidate with his sudden out burst ("We'r Broke" and "Put Something On The Table" Mantra) He is forever using the American people as an excuse to move the right wing agenda . . . "The American People want us to repeal Health care reform, "PULL IT OUT FROM IT'S ROOTS" as he try his best to hold back the drivel of a smoke hound. Yes I say replace Boehner for sure!

    August 2, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. JustAO

    In 2010, GOP sweeps into House to gain control and government ceases to function. Writing laws about social issues concerning women's reproductive rights and voter suppression hardly counts as a good government for this country. Having been called the worst congress in modern U.S. history; how can you be proud and confident about that GOP since things unraveled when you took control of that chamber?

    August 2, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. lolo

    Scared that he is going to loose his job and power which he should. They need to vote out Boehner, Cantor and old man McConnell. They are nothing but a joke. Men with no convictions, but to blame Presient Obama for everything which they caused. I hope everyone votes Democratic across the board so that we can really get America moving again.

    August 2, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Morning1Su

    Boehner is such a big baloney.

    August 2, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Myviewis

    It's hard for Republicans to compete with Democrat's corruption such as Maxine Waters or Rep. Laura Richardson.

    August 2, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. California Gary

    By successfully replacing mainstream Republicans with candidates from the Tea Party, and watching as mainstream Republicans already holding seats bow out due to the direction of the party........the GOP is positioning itself for a monumental defeat in 2012. Too much of America fell for the Tea Party line in 2010, and we have paid the price ever since. I don't believe America will be fooled again. The majority of candidates associated with the Tea Party will lose in 2012........and they will have earned it.

    August 2, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It won't tak much for the House to switch. You have to wonder about races where the teapublicans are going to try to keep their seats. I am sure that some will stay, but how many people are going to ask "what have you done to help the country?" Their answer should be something alongs the lines of "nothing really because I didn't compromise." That is a truthful answer.

    August 2, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. Squigman

    If this travesty occurs, it points to the miss-information fed to the populace on a daily basis. There is no way under the sun this (failed), speaker of the house should be considered electable twice. It should not have happened once, but it did. The track record of this congress, makes them the lowest rated branch of government. Why should republicans keep control?

    August 2, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. Donkey Party

    The GOP are a bunch of domestic terrorists. The only thing they're "working hard" at, is their drive to destroy America. Anyone who supports them is giving aid and comfort to the enemy. When the civil war that the GOP wants so badly erupts, remember which side you chose, your ignorance won't buy you any mercy.

    August 2, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    When you consider that the House has averaged 800-900 bills per two year term for the past 80 years, and that the current House has only passed 110 bills is a measure why this crop has earned the nickname, "did nothing Congress". Even Truman's "do nothing Congress" managed to pass around 500 bills. This group has managed a mere 110.

    August 2, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. CanadaONE

    If the GOP control congress – China will become the best economy in the world balancing social and financial interests to the benefit of ALL their people not just the rich and will be a THE power house in the 21st

    The GOP approach is old and will destroy your country at the expense of more soicialst countries who have the RIIGT balance

    Your founding fathers would be very dismayed with the GOP for their failure to enter the 21st century

    Average educational age of the GOP members is grade 6 THAT IS HOW OLD THEY ARE – they can barely read and rely heavily on pictures

    August 2, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. g

    how many drinks did it take to come to that conclusion

    August 2, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. TAK

    Yes and if the GOP retains control of the House, maybe Eric Cantor will let Boehner be his front man for a little while longer.

    August 2, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Feeling Better?

    Boehner is feeling swell when they have spent 1.8 billion arguing just over a debt ceiling, he feels better after they have done nothing but only pass temporary extensions, no talk about fixing our credit rating, GOP promised jobs and has yet to pass even one, he wants to dismantle the healthcare that the majority of Americans want, Congress has an approval rating so LOW, the news can't even find the rating number.. But he is "feeling better" well that's great. So are we when voting time comes and your ALL Fired!!!

    Vote em all out starting with this clown!!! 2012

    August 2, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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