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. Republicans are Repugnant Taliban

    @ Jeremy Johnson FYI Teddy Roosevelt was the LAST of the liberal Republicans so you see Teddy Roosevelt would have voted Democrat today, remember he started the National Parks system, something no Republican would be caught dead doing today, as for Eisenhower and Reagen, well one was just a General and never did anything worthwhile as President and then Reagen just read speeches handed to him by his caretakers because he was already coming down whith Alzheimers, the Russians did not fall because of Reagen, they fell from internal problems and a failing economy from fighting an unneeded war in Afghanistan, something like what is happening in this country from fighting in Iraq, sound familiar? Please little boy, go read your history books before you come out slinging crap.

    March 14, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. marlene

    Rep. Boehner would be a worst leader for America than Rep. Pelosi, because if the Republican party controls the House the next 2 years will result in more gridlock, where nothing gets done on important issues. (jobs, the economy, health care reform, immigration, etc.) Rep. Boehner the house leader of the "party of No" wants to be the majority leader of the Party of NO. Good luck , because he lives in a dream land.

    March 14, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. ricky atlanta

    it will take longer than 2 years for me to forget 8!

    March 14, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. John L

    The problem is that the politicians care more about winning elections and getting or retaining seats than they do about working. I don't care if they're dems or repubs, politicians are self-serving and not public servents (as they should be). We need a better way to get things done.

    March 14, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. dan

    Hey yo yo..You must think Americans really have short term memory.Most havent forgot the past 8 yrs of you idiots.If the Gop gets back in we have nobody to blame but are selves for being stupid.

    March 14, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  6. Republicans are Repugnant Taliban

    I just attended a 'Coffee Party' meeting as well and I have to agree, WOW, not everyone in this country are ignorant Repuglibans, are they ever in for a surprise in November. The Coffee party is growing at a much higher rate that the Tea Party and they are going to be even stronger than the Tea party which are just disgruntled loser Repugliban. I have to say I had doubts but I was so surprised as to actually be looking forward to the November elections and even less Repugliban walking the halls of Congress in 2011! And Yes, I joined as well, right there on the spot, it was refreshing to hear people speak with intelligence and speak in an educated manner.

    March 14, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. Marcus

    Jeremy Johnson – It's funny that you quoted Lyndon Johnson as part of the examples of Dem bad leadership. He was the one that pushed (and signed) many civil rights laws which were the 'last straw' that made the South turn Republican. Yes the Dixiecrats pushed most (if not all) of the infamous 'Jim Crow Laws' into reality. And it was a couple of Democrats (JFK and LYndon Johnson) that helped to nail the coffin of those disgusting laws.

    March 14, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    And the NYT is reporting this morning that those "no bid" contracts to rebuild Iraq, may have resulted in a 150 billion dollar fraud paid for by the American taxpayer. In some case pallets of cash are missing.

    Yeah, I see a great wave of voters wanting to return to the party that was so "fiscally responsible" with our tax dollars and the lives of young Americans.

    March 14, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. Artie

    They had better win before the liberals totally destroy America!

    March 14, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. ran

    I have a better chance of becoming the next POTUS then the GOP regaining the house in 2010 or 2012.

    The GOP are deluding themselves once again.The people see them for the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity ideologues the are and we will reject them as we did in 2006/2008. We want our elected officials to do for the people.

    March 14, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  11. Sadie

    This man has sat under the Sun Tanning beds tomany times and has baked his Brain........NO WAY JOSE

    March 14, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  12. charles

    Republicans why sound so cocky and arrogant!!. Insteady of thinking about solving the enormous proplems this country and american people face each day- the problems you and your party inflicted on the country you are continuing unabetted to force and confuse the people that america was better when you were in power. You had all branches of government fot ten years , but verything slipped out of hand. Stop hate and help this government clean your mess. We need health care reform now.

    March 14, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  13. TeacherMrMikeFtlFla

    What does Boehner smoke? Back to two more years of Bush-Cheney economics, you've got to be kidding. This is the guy who wants to work with the other side who states he's going to kill the Democratic health bill at all costs. Obstructionist is the name to call him. "Little bratty kids" is how I see the Republican Party today. They haven't figured out they lost the Presidential election yet. For eight years we drifted into the mess we are digging out of today because Republicans turned their heads. You don't have a job buddy? Go ahead, vote Republican and see if they put you back to work like they did when they were running the country. Never forget those last days of Bush's reign and the first of Obama. we woke up from day to day not knowing what was going to happen. Gas prices were so unstable.

    March 14, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. The Clear Thinking Independent Voter

    Mr. Boehner, until you have a comprehensive plan with solid ideas around ....

    1.) ending the war and allowing our military to rest and re-set itself
    2.) promoting clean energy, clean environment & no dependence on fossil fuels (especially from foreign, Middle Eastern sources)
    3.) raising secondary school educational performance to be best-in-class
    4.) rebuilding America's influence in the world
    5.) controlling corporate and Wall Street greed which destroys our democracy, limits our freedoms, and exploits hardworking Americans
    6.) creating conditions (and your 1st words should not be "cut tax rates") that allow American industry to take market share from those in Japan, Germany, China.

    ... you have nothing that warrants the GOP even increasing its numbers in Congress, let alone taking control of it.

    We want more that just the PARTY-OF-NO. You Republicans have not demonstrated you can achieve ANYTHING.

    You've not earned an opportunity to hold political power.

    March 14, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  15. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    So eight years of savaging America on every level wasn't enough for the GOP?

    March 14, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  16. frank keel

    when health care passes the dems numbers will soar

    March 14, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  17. Jim from Fort Worth

    I think the Orange Boner should hook up with Sarah (who wraps herself up in an american flag and carries a cross) Palin and run for President in 2012.....Then we could a a facist goverment again just the Bush and Cheney years! Health care? we dont need no sticking health care. We need more wars! And more Corporate campaign funding!

    March 14, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  18. joel palmer

    and pigs could fly

    March 14, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. anthony

    He should use his government run socialized health insurance(which he gets as a member of congress) to have his skin checked for getting too much exposure to the sun. How could anyone call this man a leader of any sort is beyond me.

    March 14, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  20. JohnA Realist

    to a clear thinker:Right on

    March 14, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |

    sit down and shut up you fool you make stupid statements like that only shows you are as arrogant as the slime in control now just do what you were elected to do by the people who voted you in take care of party business and if you do it right then the party will prosper dont count you chickens yet just do your job and shut up wait until the people see how this health care reform bill is going end up costing them in the long run more out of pocket money because employers are going to shop for CHEAPER insurance which means lower quality health care and higher co pays shout that from the top of the hill

    March 14, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. Andy

    Are any of you liberals educated,or just type too fast and just appear stupid?Maybe you skipped your English classes or dropped out of school maybe.Regardless,if your writting in indicative of your IQ,I am surprized you can even read,then again maybe your can not read.Hang in ,come November the GOP will again save.

    March 14, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  23. CHIPS

    CNN why only one story on Axelrod and four on Boehner?

    March 14, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  24. liz

    And pigs could fly and Hades could freeze over. but it's not too likely. the republican'ts have shown us their butts ever since the inauguration of Obama. i can't believe there are more stupid people than folks who can see thru these bums' tactics. if there are, this nation is doomed. it's time the sane, sensible people got out and voted or they're going to wonder where their country went. this country can't survive another bout of republican't rule. the last one about destroyed it.

    March 14, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  25. joel palmer

    what has boehner EVER done for the US?


    March 14, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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