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. Jules

    Why? Because the GOP finally agreed to compromise on a bill so the government wouldn't shut down. whooptee dang doo! That bipartisanship will be short lived.

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

    Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! This is what the GOP campaigned on in 2010. Number of job bills brought forward? ZERO!!!

    August 2, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Myviewis

    Debbie

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

    August 2, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    beware of the knife Eric Cantor has aimed at your back there Jonny boy!

    August 2, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Dave

    I wouldn't count your chickens before they hatch. November is a long time away...

    August 2, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    @ myviews.....

    thank God Republicans aren't corrupt like you say the Democrats are.......I guess that is why their approval rating in the 11% apporved Congress is far lower than that of the Democrats in the low to mid 20s. The Dems have nothing to crow about either in the mid 30s. But those really honest Republicans as you like to boost up are holding this country together. Ask Scooter Libby how honest the Republicans are.

    August 2, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. truth hurts

    if they throw out all of the corrupt democrats from the house the republicans will have 430-5 majority....

    August 2, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Peace

    Boehner has been an incompetent Speaker ever. He hasn't shown any leadership at all. He has wasted time of every American and delayed progress which could have been made. He should be kicked out. He has been paid for doing nothing.

    August 2, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. rs

    I don't know Mr. Boehner. Your optimism may be mis-placed.

    * You want to keep the tax breaks for the very rich- and hence not pay down the defict
    * The GOP is embracing the Ryan Plan, and so the long-term vialbility of Social Security (privatized) and Medicare (vouchers? Really) certainly will cripple the middle class and elderly
    * The war on women rages on, as does the Republican anti-Hispanic movement, plus the GOP's anti-voter, anti-Civil Rights plans.

    Just who is going to vote for you guys? The tri-tip hat brigade, and the super rich?

    August 2, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    Jules

    Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! This is what the GOP campaigned on in 2010. Number of job bills brought forward? ZERO!!!
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    Zero is the number of bills they've put forward that stood a chance of getting anywhere. How many did they pass with tied and true GOP trickle down voodoo economic plans that would do NOTHING to create jobs but would appease their masters......plenty

    August 2, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. kayla

    wishful thinking cry baby

    August 2, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Myviewis wrote:

    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.
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    Think about what you are really saying for a change. I guess you would rather that the administration overlook it, instead of exposing it and putting and end to it. Apparently, overlooking it is exactly what the Bush administration did for nearly a decade, because the behavior seems to be systemic and well entrenched. They've been partying like this for years.

    August 2, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. IRAYD84U

    dont get him crying again

    August 2, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. v_mag

    I'm so glad the Speaker is feeling better. Between his damaged skin and hangovers, I'm sure he feels bad a lot of the time.

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

    Rudy NYC

    Myviewis wrote:

    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.
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    Think about what you are really saying for a change. I guess you would rather that the administration overlook it, instead of exposing it and putting and end to it. Apparently, overlooking it is exactly what the Bush administration did for nearly a decade, because the behavior seems to be systemic and well entrenched. They've been partying like this for years.
    -------------------------–

    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.

    August 2, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. ART

    All Rethuglicans should be voted out of office they are holding our country hostage just so our President fails.

    August 2, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Susan.

    This I. R. S should go after after mitt Rommy,he's not above the Law
    Not because he's a white and rich man who still want the give tax cuts to the rich people, They are giving to him because they gonna get it back if he wins which of course he's not gonna to win he lies and quick to change his words. How many black people have you help? i only see white lying
    John Banana your face alone can tell that distorying all good plans about

    The middle class is paying. their taxes.
    If Wesly Sinper can be in prison for not paying his taxes. As for the speaker he doesn' t care about the Americans he only care about the rich. vote Obama 2012

    August 2, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. independent

    The man should be ashamed of himself. Instead of leading the House as someone who is only second in line to being President should, he is still trying to lead the Republican Party. He should base his decisions and influence on what is best for the Country, not what is best for the GOP.

    August 2, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Curt

    If the American voters have any intelligence I wouldn't feel so comfortable Mr. Boehner. A do-nothing congress, the lowest approval rate ever and you as a leader that can't control your own party. I think everyones had enough and I would not be surprised if quite a few congressmen lose their seats. Its time to elect a congress that will work together for the country and not just for their party. One of the main reasons the U.S. lost its AAA credit rating was because of the congress and its failure to accomplish anything. To think you wasted 33 votes trying to get rid of Obamacare when you knew you could not win says something. Its too bad that time was not spent on job creation. I'am hoping the voters are smart enough to realize its time to get rid of those members of congress who decided its better to do nothing then to actually try ang solve the problems. Its the Republicans who got us into 2 wars . That money could have gone a long way to help the economy. Nobody likes taxes to go up but unfortunately sometimes it has to happen to prevent total economic disaster.

    August 2, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    "Think about what you are really saying for a change. I guess you would rather that the administration overlook it, instead of exposing it and putting and end to it."
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    Ummmmmmmm.... it wasn't the administration that exposed the GSA fiasco, Rudy. Big swing and a miss.

    August 2, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Brian

    truth hurts:
    if they throw out all of the corrupt democrats from the house the republicans will have 430-5 majority....

    Yeah, if that's true then we should throw out all the corrupt repulblicans from the house then the democrats would have a 5-0 majority...

    August 2, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. Jrdz

    Hey Bone Head you need to stop spending time in those tanning coffins and step into the real world for a change by the way were are those Jobs Jobs Jobs your party promised if you got voted in???

    August 2, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Paul

    If the speaker is feeling better that is bad news for our economy and country. This House of representatives have been the worst ever and have not done a thing to help anyone except the very rich.

    August 2, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    Funny, when I think about the GOP keeping their majority in the House, I want to hurl.

    Another two years of trying to take away women's rights, obstructing everything President Obama tries to do, and holding meaningless votes of divisive issues when they should all be WORKING FOR OUR COUNTRY?!?

    August 2, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. SafeJourney

    Mr. Umpa Lumpa, where are the Jobs the repubs ran on in 2010 ? huh?

    August 2, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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