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. Jim


    Exactly what was the mindset when the Republicans were in charge, then? Don't tax the rich, spend more money, and let the future men and women get screwed? Bush and the Congress were in power unchecked from 2000 to 2006, and with minor inconveniences until 2008. What takes 8 years to make can not be un-made in 1 1/2. It's time that the American people heard from BOTH sides. I am all for Nancy Pelosi loosing her seat as Speaker, because I think she's an incompetent leader. But I certainly DON'T wan another 4 or 8, or even 2 years of Republican "leadership". All they did was to bankrupt the country, long before Mr. Obama was elected. But, they have built a PR machine to defame and insult the current administration. Look at the facts. The Republicans turned a budget surplus (note, republican morons, I said Budget, not overall) of more than $400 Billion into a deficit. When you calculate THAT into your budget projections, plus the fact that much of President Obama's budget deficit is carry-over from the Bush years, you get the real picture. And that picture is that the Republicans are responsible for 2 un-funded wars, one of which was founded on, at the very least faulty, intelligence, a huge budget deficit, torture, the outing to the public of an undercover CIA operative, the illegal wire taps of american citizens, etc, etc, etc. We can add moral turpitude just like the Republicans do with the Dems, with such high-profile cases are Mark Sanford, the Minnesota Senator who propositioned a male prostitute in a public restroom, and the Alaska senator who was found to be receiving "favorable" pricing on his home projects. The Republican Party has NO moral high-ground to stand and volley insults at the Dems when they themselves are hardly innocent of the sins they accuse the oppositon of. And you "I have never voted Repub before" folk, it's ok to admit that you are just saying that and you are really a Republican. We all know you for what you are.

    March 14, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. JohnRJ08

    As you read through these comments, make sure you have a salt shaker handy. You'll need it as you read about all the alleged life-long Democrats here who say they are going to vote Republican this year. Any Democrat who paid attention at all to the behavior of Boehner and the GOP over the last year would never say any such thing. If all the people who voted for Obama in 2008 show up at the polls in November, Mr. Boehner could be in for the shock of his pathetic life.

    March 14, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. DonJuan1943

    Could Mr. Boehner would name ONE THING he has done that could be considered an accomplishment in service to this country?

    Answering that question might make your head expode.

    March 14, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Keith

    JohnRJ08 wrote "The Republicans passed 2 tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans at the expense of the rest of the country, increased the size of government and engaged in deficit spending" What do you think happended in just over 1 year under OBama? Keep in mind the Democrats have had control in Congress for 4 YEARS now- THEY are the worst-rated Congress in Hisory. Also keep in mind that the Community Re-Investment Act, DEMOCRAT sponsored, destroyed the housing market and caused an economic meltdown. Where was the congressional oversight when the banks were wrecking the economy? Chris Dodd was sitting back and collecting campign funds from them..........

    March 14, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. Andy

    Do any of you liberals work and pay taxes or do you sit around for the next Democratic hand out ,and blame all your problems on Bush and the wealthy?By the way the top10% pay 77% of the bill,I know I know they are evil.

    March 14, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Nola`

    I think America would be alot safer IF Pretty Boy John would just go Away.

    March 14, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. you're all buttmonkeys

    boner is correct in the respect that the republicans will probably win a bunch of seats but maybe not control back. where he is wrong is what we need – fiscal conservatives not "republicans". only then will the economy right itself as per usual. these tax and spend policies that have ruined us have come from both sides of the aisle (but mostly the left wing as per usual). and to the idiots on here that think one side lies more than the other – you're just lying to yourself.

    March 14, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Mark

    All the voters have to be reminded of is the 8 disasterous years under Bush when he allowed us to be attacked on 9/11 and the republicans will not be in control. Boehner is just angry at the proposed tax on tanning beds that make him look like a creamsicle.

    March 14, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Keith

    JohnRJ08: A good portion of OBAMA's voted came from the Independent voters, who now are disgusted with how he has handled things so far. Bigger Goverment, the worst deficit spending of any President in history, money wasted that will come back to haunt the taxpayer. Those who voted for OBama will show up in November, however the Independent voter is lokking the other way now to stop the Government control and massive deficit spending. Come November, change will happen.

    March 14, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. Andy

    JohnR J 08 -you can not fool all the people all the time.The O GREAT MEZZIAH fooled them once;but,after 14 months of failure,he is 1 and done/lame,a has been/over as well as the Dems.

    March 14, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Seth Cold

    Why should there be party lines, when we the people should vote for the most qualified person, no matter of affiliation. There has to be a forgiving of the past, and see what we all together can do for the future, this administration sure is not doing it. I has flushed the people of the USA down the toilet. They have stopped listening, and just go about their own agenda's.

    March 14, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Old White Virginia Female

    The answer to moving forward in this country instead of maintaining the status quo or retreating is to fortify the Democratic position in the Senate and in the House with true Democrats, people who put the American people, but most particularly the middle class, on the front burner. This man has been the ultimate representative of the Party of No with his butt buddy Eric Cantor. We should all work very, very hard to remove them because they are nothing more than obstructionists. I believe that the Coffee Party may seriously be on the right track: replace our representatives in Congress with people who represent the people and then hold them accountable to do the people's bidding. That is what government is supposed to be all about. Putting these people in there who do nothing but throw up road block after road block and sing the same song that has been sung forever without doing anything positive other than fortifying the top 5% financially of America is crippling Congress' ability to accomplish even something so drastically needed as reform and oversight of Wall Street, not to mention health care. We have just got to stand up and get these obstructionists with no GOOD ideas out of office.

    March 14, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Steven Durham

    Does anyone really believe that anything in this Country would change if Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives? Because I don't. Business as usual is just that in Washington, D.C. It's the same old group of career politicians fighting against each other instead of working together for the common good.

    These are the same people that are bought off by lobbyists and special interest groups. In my opinion, they're not really there to do the business of the people but the business of self interest and career building.

    What we need are fresh faces and mandatory term limits. They should serve one term and then go back home. They shouldn't receive a Government pension or lifetime medical insurance either. It used to be that people went to Wasington, D.C. to serve the people for a brief period of time and then come back home and continue their career. That's what we need again. Remember the old movie "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington"? That's what is needed.

    March 14, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Please stop Andy from commenting


    Would you please get off of the computer? If you want to make another comment please use the space bar...


    March 14, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. u2canfail

    Well, golly gee, that will surely set up the Dems for 2012, won't it? Party line votes are killing us. Compromise gets us the best legislation. When you start the year stating your going to take the President of the United States down, just how American are you?
    We need health care reform. I want a public option. I have insurance. I pay 100% of the premium. The cost is out of control. You can be dropped. You can be denied.

    March 14, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. mike the chester flash

    Yes, the Dems are probably going to be 'punished' because they weren't able to put on their Superman capes and rescue the economy that the Republicans created! Sure, in anger, the people are going to vote some of them out. But what he doesn't realize is that the people are just as furious at the Repubs for sitting on their duffs, getting top pay and benefits from the government, plus donations from the biggies they support, while doing nothing to help the nation! They jam everything that comes up. They'd be dumped for inaction if they were employed on the outside. Well, a lot them are going to be dumped too. The people are sick of it. So the balance may just remain the same and if they learn this lesson, maybe they will start working for the country.

    March 14, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. New Age Independant

    Until the Democratic leadership and policies that are socialistic in principal change, I cannot support a Democratic candidate. Many liberals would take this as a declaration of support to Republicans, but it is not. The Democrats promised change, yet they offered only the same failed policies of previous decades. They promised to be ethical, yet they have done nothing to confront their own corruption. They promised to be responsible with our money, yet they have dolled it out in Billions to corporations and banks. They promised to be transparent, yet they slam the doors shut on their political counterparts, and the American people to create backroom deals with our lives.

    How can anyone with a conscience support their actions?

    March 14, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Sue

    There are some Democrats who have come out publicly and said the exact same thing................

    That the Republicans have a GREAT chance of taking over the House in November-–and maybe even the Senate as well.

    March 14, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Ronnie

    Oh Please! The GOP repukians will loose more seats in the house and senate! America is waking up to the facts that the repukians are to blame for the bailouts (BUSH started) and the 8 years of misguided BS under Bush.

    March 14, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Obama & Democrats are a runaway spending socialist machine

    Obama/Dems are spending money like a drunk sailor on a credit card without a limit and still people can not get enough of him.What has he accomplished in 14 months besides run away spending for NO results.Anyone for Obama must not pay taxes or must be on the receiving end of his welfare socialist give aways.

    March 14, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Stupid politics

    This whole debate over the health care bill, economics, vote-getting is getting pretty rediculus. I am sick and tired of everyone in washington. I read some of the comments on here and its disheartening that some people will stoop to name calling and dem/rep bashing just to be heard. The point is that Obama's economics are killing our national debt. But guess what, Bush started us on that road. What Obama is doing is taking Bush's game pro. The whole health care debate is laughable also. Why would you force people to get health care? It is un-American, and unconstitutional (sp?). And for those of you who make the stupid argument of "Well, you have to buy car insurance, so its the same thing...", you are wrong. When you make the mistake of not taking care of your health, you won't damage someone else's health or kill some one else, will you? As far as some of the other aspects of the bill, some are good, and some aren't. I agree with the GOP on this one. Scrap the bill and start over. Make it bi-partisan. Oh, and let me ask you a question. You guys sit here and bash this guy and bash that guy. How would you feel if someone did that to you? Just because they are politicians, dosnt mean that they aren't human beings. Why don't you use that conceince(sp?) of your and act like human beings?

    March 14, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Dixie

    Boehner is certainly busy running his mouth lately. I thought all he could say was "no."

    March 14, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. FactCheck

    Do any of you liberals work and pay taxes or do you sit around for the next Democratic hand out ,and blame all your problems on Bush and the wealthy?


    Do any of you right wingnuts actually work or do you just live off other folks (including the Medicare and Social Security I am paying into)? Or maybe you sit around dreaming about Sarah coming in and enacting the kind of policies that have worked out so well for this country over the last 8 years?

    March 14, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Keith

    Liberals just keep denying what has already started, the removal of the worst-rated Congress in history. Just like the liberals in Congress that refuse to listen to the American people you will all get a rude awakening come November. The share of the National debt for every man, woman and child, under democratic control in 4 years, went from $38,000 to over $97,000 and still climbing. Enough with the liberal wreckless spending getting us nowehere. Come November it all changes.....

    March 14, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. marty

    What a sad commentary on the 'maturity' of a body of adults in Congress who, in one year's time, cannot find one,...I repeat, one, measure to vote a yes. Children in the first grade can work together on a project far better than Boehner & Co. I think he's been out in the sun or in the tanning booth too long and his mental abilities have been compromised.

    March 14, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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