March 14th, 2010
11:21 AM ET
11 years ago

GOP could win control of the House, Boehner says

Washington (CNN) – House Minority Leader John Boehner is feeling upbeat about his party’s prospects in November’s midterm elections.

“We've got more candidates than we've ever had,” Boehner said in an interview that airs on Sunday’s State of the Union. “We've got better candidates than we ever had. We have a better process of helping to grow candidates and grow campaigns than we've ever had. No question that we're going to get outspent in this election. But I think that - that we have a chance at winning Republican control of the House.”

“And I'm going to do everything I can to see that it happens,” Boehner also said.

Asked by CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley to evaluate the GOP’s chances of retaking the House, Boehner was realistic.

“It's a steep climb, but it's doable,” Boehner told Crowley.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, begs to differ with Boehner’s prediction.

“The Democrats will retain the majority in the House of Representatives,” Pelosi said on State of the Union last month.

Pelosi added, “I'm not yielding one grain of sand, we're fighting for every seat.”

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soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. PK California

    Sure, elect some more of those folks who sit on their hands, criticize and DO NOTHING!

    March 14, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Ancient Texan

    It doesn't matter if they are called Republicans, Conservatives, Libertarians, Red Necks, Tea Party Members, or just the party of Fed-Up , They'll all come together in November to get the In-Your-Face, We don't Care What the People Want Party out of D.C. and in to the unemployment line. America can't afford these wild spending Socialists.

    March 14, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Doraine Gordon

    And what exactly is suppose to happen if the Republicans do take back the House? They will manage to finish destroying our country. They ran our country into the ground under Bush. We cannot let them ever regain power again. They are a vicious bunch who don't care about the American people. They are only interested in lining their own pockets. Look at how they have acted ever since the Dems took over. The Republicans act like grade schoolers. You can just see them stomping their feet and saying "it's my ball and I'm going home." They are so dumb they hurt. And if the voters ever vote them back in then we are the dumb ones. Anybody with common sense can see right through their lies. Wake up, America, before it is too late. Keep them in their place, in the minority, right where they belong!!!

    March 14, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. From the south

    I can not understand any woman or people of color being a Republican because if it had been left up to them, you would not be voting. Look at that poor woman from Al. working doing same job as man but getting less pay. Did Bush sign the bill so it won't happen? NO! President Obama sighed it right after he took office.

    March 14, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. dave b

    as a republican who voted for obama why didnt he have this "health care summit" last year? I thought he was going to be bi-partisan?

    wont get my vote again... going indy now.... dems have good ideas...cant execute them....republicans can execute bad ideas

    thats why republicans will take back the house...they know how to execute to attain a goal.... thats the perfect example of business vs academics...

    March 14, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. JES

    I think by the time elections get here this year the voters will wake up and see the big mistake they made two years ago and get it corrected.

    Vote change so we could continue to have no jobs, deeper in debt, a helath care bill that doesn't make any sense, and a president who think on the job training will for him.

    If it was 2012 the white house would have a new president too.

    March 14, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. AK Steve

    Yup. Keep telling Americans we are heading toward socialism. Keep blaming EVERYTHING on Obama. Keep giving the people reasons to live in fear. And keep doing obsolutely NOTHING.

    It is a recipe that has worked for you for decades. Blame, lies and spread fear. Pity though, the American people fall for this every year.

    March 14, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    dudh, you call Obama , Pelosi and Reid leadership? They're a walking disaster, and the country knows it. All except for the liberal elite who still think they can cram their agenda down the throats of the rest of us.

    March 14, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Charlie in Maine

    That should be the DNC's next commercial, along with a reminder that GOP majorities in the House have brought us great historical highlights like the impeachemnet of Bill Clinton, the McCarthy investigation and the great depression. Don't let the lack of spine in some Dems blind you to the fact that the GOP is 10000 times worse. So if you can find a Democrat with some spine by all means fote for him or her.....but if all your representative is capable of doing is keeping the spot from a Republican then hold your nose and vote.......... better yet if you are that concerend. run yourself.

    March 14, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Scott

    The Republicans are puppets for the big money, special interests, wall street and health care companies. They get their strings pulled and they all go dancing around talking about how bad things are and how things will get messed up with this administration ........ BUT .........
    they have NO solutions and NO ideas on how to solve anything. They also have short memories on why we are in this troulbe in the first place, 2000 to 2008 pretty much did the USA great harm in what took place during the Republicans rape and pillage of the Country. Combined with tax cuts for the rich, wars for no reason and throwing out the regulations on wall street, real estate, justice department etc, etc! Boehner needs to only look in the mirror to see and find the trouble in America today!

    March 14, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Randy

    We need a balance of power in Washington, as evidenced by the out-of-control spending ongoing by the Democrats. If it continues, we WILL go bankrupt.

    March 14, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. FedUpRepublican

    We have serious issues facing our country and Boehner’s primary focus seems to be counting down the days until he becomes majority leader. Do Boehner and McConnell ever put forth any ideas that will actually help our country and benefit its citizens, especially those of us that fall in the middle and lower income categories? All I ever see are the dour constipated expressions of the Republican talking heads and all I ever hear are negative attacks on the opposition. If any tangible ideas for moving our country forward are being generated on the Republican side, the messengers are doing an extremely lousy job of conveying them. When you’re only bringing negative commentary to the voters and nothing of substance, I’m not sure why Boehner is so confident of success in November. Boehner, McConnell, Reid and Pelosi are all so deeply rooted in political gamesmanship that nothing will ever be accomplished as long as they hold office. Just by getting them removed from office will be a big start for progress.

    March 14, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. Zack

    Unless the Republicans have a plan for governing, and the American people buy it, they have no chance of winning either the house or the senate. It's that simple.

    March 14, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Independent One

    This people who are crying about spending...You have selected hearing, Obama said next year he will put a freeze on spending...Then what are you going to cry about

    March 14, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. The Calabash Kid

    There is a good chance Republicans will run away with future elections. The five Republican Party Hacks on the Supreme Court just gave our democracy to global corporations by taking away all restrictions on corporate ability to buy elections. There will be a ton of corporate money poured into 2010 and 2012. Most Americans are suckers for advertising and their thinking is completely shaped by it. There will be so many political ads and so many corporate agents out there working the voters that I expect a Conservative landslide.

    In the future, when middle class income is half what it is now and the Congress is 85% Republican, Conservatives will still be blaming Liberalism for high taxes.


    March 14, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Gil Oberdas

    Yee Gads NO! We can't afford going back to the econmoic mess that the party Of No left us in. Too much Party of Yes to corporations, big business, fat cats and special interests with a far too much emphasis on spending for the military and unjust wars!

    March 14, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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