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

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. John McBeth

    He's 'feeling better' because of the latest economic report. It is truly shameful that the GOP has to "hope" the economy doesn't improve in order to win...I wouldn't doubt that some people in position to have effect on the economy...and supporting the GOP...are holding back till the election.

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

    John, better step away from that scotch and get some rest, your going to need it.

    August 2, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. will never vote Republician again

    Have your warm fuzzy feelings now because they will be crushed in Nov.

    August 2, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. 2hheels2

    John Boehner has lost any credibility, If he really had any. This game to get rid of Obama is fine in Politics but the Republican party has systematically done everything in their power to stop American Growth. People must see what the GOP has Done. Once for infrastructure, No, Farm Bill cant complete, The individual Mandate now No. The party of No is doing the best job in taking down America. They should pay with losing the House and Majority in the Senate

    August 2, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. mgc

    So 4 more years of them doing nothing then huh?

    August 2, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    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.
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    No, they haven't. They campaigned on job creation. The fact of the matter is that after a year of their policies job creation has actually slowed to a crawl. ADP, the paycheck people, reports another 160,000 new private sector jobs last month. Combine that with jobs that conservatives are cutting in the public sector will result in a weak jobs report. Mission accomplished.

    August 2, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Myviewis

    More Democrat corruption is what voters see on TV, how about Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan? I think Boehner is correct.

    August 2, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Bill

    How could you feel good about "The leader of the most do-nothing Congress in History! Get ready for a Democrat House and Senate, Boehner!!! American people will not be held Hostage anymore! Obama 2012

    August 2, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. Leeford

    "Our members have worked hard.."

    Really? What has the republicans of the house done for America in the past 2 years?

    August 2, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Luk

    That's your wish...

    August 2, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. winky

    The tanning must be getting to his brain or he's sniffing salts!

    August 2, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Emily

    Well, I guess its good that HE'S feeling better... hopefully the majority of us who vote will feel better once we get rid of as many Republican obstructionists as we possiblty can in November!

    August 2, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Yonni

    He must feel good. The economy is going down and unemployment number is high as he wished he should feel good about it because his plan is working for the GOP.I hope America will wise up on November.

    August 2, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Debbie

    He looks dark, he must be taking a lot of vacations with my tax paying dollars.....

    August 2, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It appears that John loses any semblance of reality by lunch time. Congress has been without a leader since the GOP took control.

    August 2, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Pander Bear

    Worst Speaker Ever.

    August 2, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. dave

    well don't get your hopes up John! just because you finally got a bill threw with the democrats you still have the worst attendance record in the house i have ever seen. its pretty hard to get any of the peoples work done if you don't show up for work. than in the last two years the only record that is yours is the worst out put of work in the houses history. may the next job all your tea buddies can get is a job on a cable news network because they spent alot of time in front of the cameras saying " see what i did today". the voters will correct this problem in november because you did not fool any one.

    August 2, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What a waste of taxpayer money this clown and the GOP congress has become. 33 attempts to repeal ACA, and 60 bills to attack women's reproductive rights. John should only feel good about what he has done to our country if he is a member of the Taliban.

    August 2, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. John

    Man I sure hope Not, If the Republican Keep control of the house, than America Is SCREW.

    August 2, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Q

    Hey I know, lets take another vote to repaeal affordable health care....

    August 2, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. kevin

    Glad he feels better...he looks drunk again

    August 2, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. jefflz

    The Republicans have sworn to protect the interests of the corporate elite and financial fund moguls at the expense of the rest of the nation. Furthermore, even the architect of trickle-down economics, Laffer, says more tax cuts will not stimulate the economy. If you want to understand why outraged citizens are taking to the streets ....this blood oath by the GOP to never increase taxes on the rich is a good part of the reason. What is amazing is the number of hard working middle-class chumps who buy the GOP line when they are the ones suffering the most under Republican policy. The richest four hundred people in this country have amassed more wealth than half of the US population combined. We are becoming a "haves and have-nots" Banana Republic.

    August 2, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "He looks dark, he must be taking a lot of vacations with my tax paying dollars....."

    The GOP has been on vacation since before 2007 when the Dems took back Congress the first time. They've done NOTHING constructive since....just obstruct, block, add ridiculous amendments to bills in order to make them toxic, pass symbolic legislation they know won't get past the Senate or ever be signed by the POTUS and generally make a romper room out of the House. They took their ball and went home long long ago.

    August 2, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. Romney is not My Hero

    "Our members have worked hard" Yes, to make our President a one term president. They haven't worked on anything else except to lie, complain and try to undo everything that will work in the best interest of everyone (not just the GOP).

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 2, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Wake up people

    So the DO NOTHING speaker feels good?? Well that feeling won't last very long, he had better hope he doesn't lose his job. 20 weeks of unemployment is all you get Boehner. You better hope you find another job, after all you baggers want less govt assistance right?

    Don't let the door hit any of you on the way out! Loser.

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 2, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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