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. Black Viper

    This guy think earth is still flat that American are just bunch of stupid people ready to swallow any nonsense from the GOP in order to regain power.
    They hate government but fighting hard tooth and nail to regain control over what they hate.
    Only buffons will vote for GOP

    March 14, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. jane

    If the Republicans win the house, I think we can pretty much stop looking to government to be responsive to - or even to be aware of - the needs of the governed.

    March 14, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. R.B.

    The 2 party system is bankrupt—and is bankrupting America. Whatever ails America and whatever the DEMs' failings are, which are obvious—the worst thing America needs is MORE GOP HELL which will bring about the collapse of a still very fragile economy. THE GOP AND ITS HELL had many years of TOTAL POWER to get it right and instead led this country to the brink of social, educatioinal, economic and spiritual collapse. They pushed us to the brink of 3rd World nation status. There is nothing wholsome, Christian or American about where the GOP led this great country. The intellectual dishonesty they espouse deserves an end to the 2 party system by other prospective parties who have America's interests at heart. The white middle class Tea Party movement is one response. But what about the others? Like the coffee party movement? Student protests? Independants!! These movements stem from anger at incumbents for failing to do ANYTHING, PASS ANY BILLS, WORK TOGERTHER ON BEHALF OF THE NATION. The GOP is reading this as clamor for 8 MORE YEARS OF RIGHT-WING HELL. Well, think again. There is a silent majority in this country and it's not STUPID. It craves new thought. New action. It craves American prosperity and unity.

    March 14, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. Mike

    CHANGE IS COMING in November and again in 2012. Time to send the demorats home.

    March 14, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Democrats = Liberals = Welfare = Socialism

    What are you going to do when the money runs out,who will keep you up then?Socialism is spending some elses money until it runs out.

    March 14, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    @CHIPS – because CNN interviewed BOEHNER longer than Axelrod and BOEHNER spoke more CRAP!!!

    March 14, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Marie MD

    hey boner, that fake tan must be getting into your pea brain. Stop using it so that you can stop making these ridiculous comments. Just like the party of NO. If you speak a lie enough times somebody is bound to believe it's the truth.

    March 14, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. El Gordo

    Conservatives are impatient when rational people point out the many, many, many failures of the Bush2 Administration. "That's ancient history," they say. "Get over it."

    No, we're not going to get over the damage done to America by Conservatism for generations to come. Reagan-Bush-Bush added $8 TRILLION dollars to the national debt during good times when the economy was strong and we could have been paying down the debt – like Clinton did. We'll be paying off the Conservative debt for half a century.

    Bush2 was the first American president to accidentally invade the wrong country, namely Iraq, and we'll be dealing with that mess for a generation or two.

    In short, we would love to get over it, but it's going to take a long time to mop up Conservative messes, which Liberalism has been doing for 150 years. If we elect another Conservative President, he will cut taxes on the rich, increase the debt by $10 TRILLION or so, and probably invade Australia when he intended to invade Iran.

    Fool me once, shame on you.
    Fool me twice, shame on me.
    Fool me 500 times over a fifty year period, and I must be a Conservative voter.

    March 14, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. teacher

    Does his prediction mean that the average American can look forward to supporting the entire country while the rich get all the tax breaks and the poor still get everything handed to them. And should I mention that Congress would return to being in the pocket of big banks and insurance companies and to hell with the people. Why would anyone with any intelligence at all want to return to what put us in this position in the first place. Think People – we are now paying for 10 years of Republicans controlling Congress. Health care costs are snowballing because the Republicans won't work with Dems to come up with something that will benefit us and stop insurance companies from trying to rule the country. If the Republicans are not doing anything, do what would happen to the average Joe, FIRE THEM!

    March 14, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. Tom

    yea after 8 years of lies unjust iraq war that killed so many of our best
    after bringing the contry to the edge of total finacial destruction
    after saying no to everything to object to everything to lie and say anything against getting anything accomplished

    March 14, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. a health economist

    @ Wow,

    It's basic economics that what the Democrats are doing is wrecking our economy? Really, gosh I sure don't remember learning that while gettting my multiple degrees in economics.

    Here I thought that during a recession and decreased private spending increased government spending could fill in and prevent a downward spiral of an enormous bust. Because when you spend money to directly help those that are unemployed or struggling you are much more likely to get them to spend all of that money than tax cuts to those that have lots of money already, thus producing more income for others through the spending multiplier.

    I'm glad I got the econ lesson from you that you didn't elaborate on whatsoever. I think I'm going to go rethink my career path.

    March 14, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. jw

    I am not voting for a single imbumbent.
    In my opinion, both parties have blown it for the last 10 years.
    It would certainly be nice if we had term limits for both houses of this government.

    March 14, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. To Andy

    The only idiot here is you my friend. Here is your post:

    "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-."

    There are so many grammatical errors in this that I wonder if you can read. Pick up a book. Learn how to use the space bar. Learn how to use spell check. What was your point in positing this nonsense?

    March 14, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. MorningStart

    The country is in a worse recession, we are fighting two wars and republicans has been in power 8 of the last nine years. The wars and the recession started when the republicans were in power and some may even argue that the republicans were at the cause of all those problems. The republicans give tax-cut that they did not pay for ( increasing the deficit), they spend money for wars and didn't pay for it (again increasing the deficit). Now America, let vote republican back in office. What will they do? Fix the problems facing the country?
    Republicans don't solve problems, they create fears, cut taxes, make people feel good and 'forget' their problems.

    March 14, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. Obamadoo/Dumocraps & Welfare/Socialism

    Thanks Mr. President,Mrs. Pelosi,Mr. Reid,and Dems/Liberals your failures have bought the GOP more than they could have ever afforded.Some things are priceless and your do nothing but fail everything you have touched in 14 months is truely priceless.Again Thanks and Good Riddance in Nov.

    March 14, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. catmomtx

    OH: For the economic sake of the nation...WOW! Yeah right! Bush spent it all on Iraq, so you should be glad the Repukes are not in power. I'll bet you would have starved by now.
    No, Bush spent it all on tax cuts for the rich, no bid contracts and corporate welfare. The problem is, he didn't pay for either war. Nor did he pay for the Medicare Part D. Now that President Obama has put the cost of the wars in the budget, Republicans are squealing like pigs.

    Yep, gullible people, put Republicans back into office. I mean after all they did such a great job for this country the majority of Americans voted for Barack Obama as President. Now after you have been indoctrinated by the likes of Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the others and the Republicans to think that President Obama is the cause of all your problems, never, ever taking responsibility for what happened on their watch and doing absolutely nothing to help this country move forward. Yep, go ahead and vote against your own best interest. Limbaugh will thank you as he continues to make millions off you and you get nothing.

    March 14, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. g

    Seems like our best times for our country have been when we have a President from one party and congress controlled by the other (either party for either is fine). The worst decisons for our country are made when one party (either party) controls everything. We need a republican congress.

    We need leaders of both parties to stop borrowing and spending. To stop taking money from our hardest working americans to give free stuff (food, housing or healthcare) to our laziest americans. Losing a job in the worst economy in 35 years is understandable, but we have millions of Americans who have not work in more than a decade! Get them off the dole and to work and you'll balance the budget quite easily.

    March 14, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. Fooled Again

    The only one I trust is Ron Paul

    March 14, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. Larry

    Boehner, pack your bags. Your days of pilfering the taxpayer for your salary are over.

    March 14, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. SNAPPA

    This is what the problem was all along, this is all they want the power. Never mind that Americans are hurting because of them in the first place. They dream of re-taking the house and senate but you have to ask yourself why? They had it for 14 years and did absolutely nothing with it, contract with America is all I remember which is/was a joke. They care nothing about this country and its problems they refuse to work with the dems and Obama only if they cared for the American people as much as the power they posses much more would have been done by now.

    March 14, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Jim

    Well said from the Anti-American pro-arab oil right wing bad spray-on tan crowd.

    Boner must think we're too stupid to see just where the party of Palin and Faux news is comming from.

    I'm tired of the GOP telling me I'm too stupid to see through the lies and double standards, and that Beck and that whole crowd speak for the majority.

    Vote American – vote for energy independance, not for the lapdog of OPEC the GOP.

    March 14, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. stillnot working

    we can only hope so!!!!

    March 14, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. Ron Perito

    Bohener should keep his mouth shut. He seems to forget about his own party's ethics problems. Just today a story came out about John Ensign trying to get a lobbying job for the man whose wife Mr. Ensign was having an affair with. The GOP is far worse when it comes to scandals than the Dems. At least Massa resigned which is more than you can say for Ensign or the Appalachian trail man Sanford. I don't hear the the tannig booth man calling for thie heads

    March 14, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. KathyC in MInnesota

    Should John Boehner's wish come true, then ELEPHANTS fly!!!

    March 14, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  25. SNAPPA

    As angry as I am with Obama and the dems right about now, not for the work they are trying to do but in the weakness they show. How do you have a "super majority" and cannot get anything passed? How does a minority party rule the house and senate? Where are the Tip O'neils, Kennedy's the powerful people that once ruled Washington and actually got things done? Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, President Obama where is your backbone? How can you show such weakness and expect to retain power?

    March 14, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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