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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  1. RP

    Who cares who controls Congress. It is obvious to me that the minority party despite whether they are GOP or DEM, will vote in block to oppose the majority party to block almost all legislation. Those idiots in Washington will only agree to disagree. The only thing our politicians care about is their nomination and reelection to Congress. They are more than happy to throw the American public under the bus in their blind lust for power.

    March 14, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Dr D

    Let's not forget that the Republican Party was once a great party. They stood for social justice, freeing the slaves and building a more powerful national government. That was then, now the party is full of fools and pigs who only want something for themselves. We need a two party system, a real dialogue without shouting where opposing ideas can be weighed and voted on. Remember what the Republican objection to Kerry was? He looks too French. OMG. How are we going to build a better America if one of the parties thinks this is debate? Boehner is a fool. Sorry, but if this is the best of the GOP we need a new GOP.

    March 14, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    Not if Democrats pass the health reform bill!

    March 14, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Denial -- It ain't a River in Egypt

    I don't know if the GOP will win back the house, but the Democrats are clearly going to take one heck of a butt kicking come November.

    They will lose seats - the ONLY question is whether it will be a lot or a HELL of a lot.

    I mean just listen to people . . . . I don't know a single liberal/Democrat who is not completely disillusioned, frustrated or apathetic right now. Compare that to my conservtive friends who are fired up, gung ho, and motivated.

    All that spells political disaster for Obama and the DEMS come November.

    March 14, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Steve

    Really.....Some people want to blame the economy on "liberals" or the current administration?! Get real. It started under the previous, and the previous even started the whole TARP process! Stop pointing fingers unless you are ready to point them at everyone involved. Heres a fact for you.....The 2 worst economic periods since World War 2 occured under Republican presidents. So why on earth do you assume that Republicans are the answer to the problem?! Im not saying I know the answer or that the current administration is going to solve it, what I'm saying it get a clue and open your eyes....Its not as black and white as Democrat or Republican when it comes to fixing the economy.

    March 14, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    To all you people who moan and groan about the size of the National debt, how is it that you so conveniently forget that it now includes the cost of two wars. That was never the case under "You know who" or should I say "You know what"?

    March 14, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Gee, Alabama

    Boehner may be right, I hope he's not, but I'd like to see the what's on the agenda after the GOP takes control:

    – no health care for anyone
    – yet another war who knows where

    My guess is as good as anyone's because there are no politicians who seem to be able to think beyond the next election.

    March 14, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Only a fool would vote Republican. They have no ideas except for their tried-and-failed "tax cuts for the wealthy" (reduces revenue and ships jobs overseas) and "cut spending" (like extending unemployment benefits during a recession).

    The GOP is the party of the wealthy and corporations. They pay lip service to the pro-gun, anti-choice, anti-gay, supposedly Christian groups to get their votes, then leave their consituents high and dry while they pillage our country.

    This is opinion; this is fact.

    As I said, only a fool would vote for a Republican.

    March 14, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    The health care reform bill is similar to the MA's Commonwealth plan orchestrated by GOP Gov. Romney. I can see that he would prefer to expand his idea to the whole nation, instead of having Obama or any other Democrat do it for him. But GOP had the chance in 8 years. People can no longer wait.

    March 14, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Ken

    The Republicans abandoned conservative principles in 2004, lost the Congress in 2006, and were tossed out of Washington in 2008. The Democrats, who have controlled government spending since 2006, have proven with no room for doubt, that they are financially much, much worse than the Republicans, and have no tolerance for the concepts of liberty, freedom, personal responsibility or any of the principles and characteristics that have made the United States of America a beacon for freedom in the world. One can hope that the Republicans have learned a lesson. Obviously the Democrats have not.

    March 14, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Texan

    Like the republicans can keep us out of world trouble and run the country better? What a joke.

    March 14, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. valwayne

    If the Democrats continue in complete control of our entire Government after Nov the massive corrupt spending and corruption will continue. Obama will continue to force a radical wreckless left wing agend on the U.S. that could wreck our economy for generations. He's already killed the space program and Americas chance to stay in the lead in technology. If we don't balance our Government we'd better start taking Chinese lessons!

    March 14, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. maria

    Heaven help us if they do!

    March 14, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. GOPer

    Sure, on Planet Oz.

    We need to turn over the entire GOP in the House and Senate. These pol's are so out of touch, everything they say is amazingly stupid!

    March 14, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Mike in MN

    Republicans will take over the House if Democrats pass a health care reform bill against the will of a majority of voters who do not want it and then follow that up with trying to do the same thing with bills like cap and trade,
    The biggest campaign winner for the Republicans will be to promise to take out or change all the parts of the health care reform that a majority of voters hate and at the same time promise to retain all the parts about it that voters like. In fact that is what Republicans want to do by killing the Democrats bills and starting over and a majority of voters agree with them. Democrats will try and claim Republicans want to strip out the good stuff while at the very same time Republicans will be saying that is the very things they will leave in. Democrats loose the argument big time with a solid majority of voters.
    No more Pelosi as Speaker, no more Reid period and no more Obama after 2012.

    March 14, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. cyount

    Its going to happen liberals. All the polls say it so deal with it. The republicans will take back the senate and the house this November and I cant wait.

    March 14, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Tony

    Just like the President, all elected officials should have term limits and requirements that campaign finance donations be solely from the public. Too bad it'll be centuries before that ever happens.

    March 14, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. James

    Well I know you have the special interest people and foreign trade partners excited about that! I'm sure they will open up thier wallets for campaign contributions now that the supreme court is in your corner too. When its all said and done, you won't have to worry about the whiney middle class asking for the American dream. The dream will only belong to lthe fat cats.

    March 14, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. VikingsLost

    The Republican health care plan is don't get sick or if you do, tough luck, you should have been able to afford skyrocketing health care in the first place.

    Republicans are the Party of No, their plan is to obstruct any meaningful attempt by Democrats to bring change to the health care system.

    I know the American people are not that thick-headed by voting for Republicans come November. More Americans need health care coverage and that is the bottom line.

    March 14, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. Hawk

    The health care debate has shown me just how broken our government really is. The two-party system is a true failure. Until we have a viable third party (and preferably more), I don't see those in the government doing anything more than what they have to do to ensure that they stay in power. Forget about voting your conscience, or what is best for the country, you vote for whatever brings in the votes and the campaign contributions.

    I served in the military for 8 years and have never missed a major election. Now, for the first time, I am starting to wonder if voting is just an exercise in futility. Both parties care more about votes and partisanship than about doing their jobs. Is this still the America I have been proud to say that I pledged to defend?

    March 14, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. P. D.

    LOL! Yeah sure! Boehner and other Republicans are believe their own hype. If anything, it's an anti-INCUMBANT year. Dream on Boehner!

    March 14, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Logan in IA

    I just don't get it. Do you republicans ignore reality as it is only think inwards? Who was in charge of this country the 8 years leading up to all of this mess? Who wasted hundreds of billions of dollars on a war that had no justification? Who pushed for tax cuts for the wealthiest part of America? Who is against bringing back strong regulations to Wall Street as it should be? You know, there are things I believe Obama could be doing better as well, especially in terms of our national debt. however, STOP acting like you guys have no dirty hands in all of this. You guys not only deny that you have made horrible decisions in the past, you refuse to work with others to help fix America's problems. Grow up and get over it.......

    March 14, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Canaman

    So, Mr Boehner thinks that Republicans could win as much as 76 seats in November 2010? I like his superficial optimism, but he knows deep in his heart that that ain't gonna happen.

    And for his information, it would be harder for them after the health-care reform has passed. The surge that Republicans had in polls was primarily because some Democrats (and the leaning Independents) were not enthusiastic. That would greatly improve after the health-care reform has passed. Also, I want to advise Republicans NOT to campaign on repealing health-care reform. If they do, it would only drive more people from the left to the polls in November.

    March 14, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. Mike in MN

    Republicans will take back the House and Senate also on the strength of 3 issues, health care reform, spending and the deficits.
    Republicans will promise to cut budget spending by as much as hundreds of billions, not just freeze a small portion of the budget.
    Republicans will promise to reduce the deficits now.
    And if health care reform is passed, Republicans will promise to take out or change all the parts voters hate and leave in all the parts voters like. The same parts voters like are also supported by Republicans, so that will not be a hard promise for Republicans to make. Whenever Democrats talke about the parts that voters like, it is the same parts that Republicans like. The Dmocrats never talk about the parts voters don't like. Voters don't like the overall trillion dollar cost and don't trust the government to keep it at 1 trillion. Voters don't like the mandate to force everyone to purchase insurance or pay a fine. Voters don't like the 500 billion in cuts in Medicare and don't trust the government won't cut benefits in order to achieve those cuts. Voters don't like a lot of the tax increases. It does have to be paid for and Republicans will promise to lower the cost and pay for it with spending cuts elsewhere and not use cuts to Medicare or tax increases. It will not be too hard to find hundreds of billions in spending in Obama's new 3.8 trillion dollar budget that is a lower priority than health care and can be shifted to pay for health care reform.
    These Republican promises will connect with the majority of voters who are opposed to Obamacare.

    March 14, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Listen you Moronic Dem Congressmen in Republican Districts

    Are you Stupid or what. Do you really believe that you are in office for any other reason other than they did not have a Republican they wanted. No matter how you vote they are going to give you the boot in 2010. Vote for Obama's heath care plan and stop trying to sell out. You are history any way it goes!!!!!!

    March 14, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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