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. Hey Andy

    Just so you know, I'm in the Top 2% of earners and I am a Democrat. Why? Because I care about others, unlike most Repulsivecans, who care only about themselves.

    March 14, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. SMC, central PA

    The people have already said NO to the Republican's destruction of this country, they won't be fooled a third time. Watch for the Republicans to lose seats this year as they have to answer to the American people for their lies and obstructionism.

    March 14, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Donnatella

    What have the republicans done that would make people want them in charge of the house absolutely nothing!!! Mr. orange glow had better stay out of the sun, because it's not going to happen, they may win a few seats but control I don't think so. To all you conservatives out there, please tell me what these guys are doing so good that they deserve the house, all they do is complain like a bunch of children, say no to everything and have no solutions, they are the reason why we are in the shape we are in right now, why in the name of god would anybody want them to be in control. I hope you people really don't believe that they are just going to shut down the government and stop spending, it may not be on healthcare but they will keep spending money.

    March 14, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Joe

    In the 1800's and before when stage plays and performances were offered, the commoners of the time sat down near the stage and the elite of the time sat up high and above the stage level.

    When plays were not done well the elite brought rotten vegetables that they hurled down upon the stage and this garbage, of course, hit all those commoners who sat near the stage.

    Make no mistake folks, you and I are the commoners and the elite of the day are the elected officials we have sent to Washington to represent us.

    Whether you are Republican or Democrat, you are a commoner and are getting pummeled by the refuse that is reigned down on us every single day.

    My opinion: DON'T RE-ELECT ANYBODY!!!!

    March 14, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Matt

    If Americans vote for Republicans in this next election, it will be the final demonstration that Americans are RETARDED. (in a satirical way, of course)

    Seriously – what ideas have the Rethugs brought to the table since 2008? They can't even write a budget plan that makes sense – the Ryan budget manages to *increase* the deficit for the next 50 years while slashing taxes on the top 1% and eliminating Social Security and Medicare. No millionaire left behind!

    March 14, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. ray

    how , how i wish i had the power to round up all these racists, bigots, immigrant hater, all these red necks , all these obstructionist on the rght, tied them up in time square in new york city and beat the hell out of these people. america, america wake up and see these republuicans for who and what they are. these people want this country to be all white, yes all white people alone in this country.................hear me colour people, according to the right you have no place in america and according to the republicans , you are not god's children.

    March 14, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. Hud

    what a joke.

    March 14, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. Annie, Atlanta

    Sadly, the orange guy is right. We Americans have very short term memories, that make us tend to vote against our own best interests. We're struggling in what is the next best thing to the great depression, thanks to 30+ years of deregulation by the Republican "free market capitalism – government is bad but I want the power" party. And we've already forgotten that Bush & Co. ($14T handout to Wall Street, TARP, Iraq WMD lie, torture is ok if I say so, we can and will spy on you because I'm the great decider, and on and on) was the straw the broke the camel's back.

    The Democrats are in charge now, and took charge as we were sliding off the Republican manufactured cliff, so somehow it must be their fault. Will we ever learn? Everything they try to do for the people in this country gets watered down by Republicans in the name of bipartisanship, and then the Republicans vote against it anyway.

    The commercial real estate bubble has not yet burst. That's next. Do we want the guys that actually think about us out here manning the ship, or the guys that care only about party and the rich and are willing to go so far as to destroy us to regain power. The GOP fund raising book talked about raising money from reactionaries. Maybe we need to stop being reactionaries and think this through.

    March 14, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. usualone

    Supposed the Republicans win as this guy thinks they can, then we will really be reinforced that they are an obstructionist party. Maybe then those on the sidelines will realize and recall what we had before President Obama took office. We didn't really get rich from the two wars begun by the Bush Administration. If deregulation gets going again, there go the banks big time. And so on and so forth. They keep on saying people don't want government in their lives and every time one turns around, people want/need government in their lives. Tornado season is approaching and one wonders how government will be needed at that time. Every day in the news one sees why government is required to give assistance. Those who fear government should not believe that it will run our lives completely. it is apparent that most of government is there to help us, not control every aspect of our lives. Without it, we will never get anything done. This last administration really proved Republicans were for the rich only and cured any doubts one may have had about that mantra.

    March 14, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Mark PA

    I love how EVERYONE blames the Community reinvestment act.
    Lets take a gander at the back story.
    Since the early 80's (Under the GOP Jesus, Ronnie Reagan) American companies have been allowed to send production jobs, service jobs and TRILLIONS in what was originally AMERICAN labor over to China, the Philipines, Indonesia, Mexico and myriad other 3rd world and "Slave Labor" friendly nations.
    They claim it was to lower costs but in reality, why is everything MORE expensive? NO, the real reason was to pad the stock values of the companies for investors (Those WITH money) while laying off hundreds of thousands (Those WITHOUT money).
    Now that insane cycle has come back to bite EVERYONE in the butt.
    It isn't about Democrat and Republican, it is about GREED and Class Oppression, pure and simple.
    On top of that, the "Masters of the Universe" on Wall Street (More rich, Greedy and Arrogant folks) were given free reign to design adn implement any and all creative money creation "Tools" (A kind word for SCAMS) in order to pump up their over bloated bank accounts and egos, laughing all the way to the bank. ANother monster that has bitten us all in the butt.
    Welcome to America, tyhe New Monarchy, just like the old Monarchy that we fled in Europe.
    You have th Christian Right trying to unify everyone under their faith, disparaging all others. You have the Rich bleeding the poor in what is becoming an evermore depressed serfdom of beggers at the feet of the elite class. You have Leaders seeking to colonialize the non-christian nations (C Street Boys)... Does any of this ring any historical bells?
    This same scenario led to revolution 250 years ago. Are we going there again?

    March 14, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. spongebob

    This Independent knows the Rep are going to win and maybe a few Dems, that support the constitution and liberty. The Progressives on either Republic, or Dems side will not win, because the people are well informed these days and are standing up. The people have seen unconstitutional decisions such as health care coming from progressives on both sides of the party in D.C. This administration has caused concern and questioning. Our bloating Government is becoming an enemy of the people and no longer for the people, as appears to be embarking upon tyranny. If you do not believe me, just look what they are doing to us and what they have done, BOTH PARTIES! Any good Dem knows not to engage against the will of the majority of Americans if they want to keep a good legacy and their job. But, most important we educate ourselves before we cast that vote.

    March 14, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. Andy

    When the low income workers have sufficient entitlements and decide not to work(already started with the influx of hispanics),who will do that work?Does entitlements not cause laziness?At what point can the 50% that pay the bills support the increased debt load that continues to increase.

    March 14, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. El Gordo

    Obama & Democrats are a runaway spending socialist machine wrote: "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."

    Another Conservative distortion of the facts. Most of the nation's debt was created during the Reagan ($1.5 Trillion), Bush1 ($1.5 Trillion), and Bush2 ($5.5 Trillion) administrations. That's $8.5 trillion in debt (out of $11 trillion) run up during good times when we could have been paying the debt down, like Clinton did (and that's the only good thing I can say about Clinton).

    It is the deliberate strategy, I believe, of Conservative Administrations to bankrupt the Federal Government. They call it "starving the beast," meaning undercut the federal government's ability to act. If it is necessary to bankrupt the middle class while they are doing it.

    March 14, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. HenryIV

    It is ironic folks say Obama is a Socialist in one sentence. Then say a bailed out Wall St in the next sentence. Folks, the Wall St. which was attacked on 911 is the backbone of the World's Capitalism.
    Yep, Mr. Obama first act as president was to save the free enterprise system as we know it today.

    March 14, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Its nice to dream,hahaha

    March 14, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. cora

    I'm a dem and first and foremost i'm tired of looking at boehner face posted all over CNN, second he's trying to scare them, cowardly (dem)thats in congress that's already scared of there own shadows, I'm sick of every last one of them cowards. President OBAMA would have been better off having a herd of cows behind him.

    March 14, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. rockychance

    It is not about the republicans but the totally lying DEMOCRATS. As an independent, I am not about to roll over for this communist leaning bunch. I am very actively campaigning for conservative candidates and I assure you I have won many many votes for Rubio as he defeats the left leaning Obama loving Christ in Florida. May McCain and Graham also go down with the democrats that they love to giggle with. We will save America and defeat the lying Progressives no matter what rock they crawl out from under.

    March 14, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Shermani

    This is going to be a victory for all of America either way. If the Republican's win control of the congress in November, then Nancy is gone! (In regards to her being the speaker of the house) If the Republican's come close to winning control of the congress in November, then Nancy will be gone as well. My point is this; Should the Republicans win control of the congress in November, and Nancy win's re-election in her dictrict (she should in the liberal San Francisco area) then she will resign from the congress because she will no longer be in control, or afforded all of the perks that she will lose not being the speaker. Should the Democrats retain control of the congress, I still believe that she will resign from the congress due to the fact that her party will NOT internally re-elect her to another term as speaker of the house. She is too toxic, and clearly not in control. Her shoot from the hip mind set is very damming for not only her team, but for all of America. Example: Nancy's statement last week; "Let's pass this health care bill, so that we can have a better understanding of the verbiage inside of this bill" Hello, really? Who with an IQ above 1 says this? She like Barry, and Harry are in way over their heads. Now is the time to really "Hope for Change", and let's get America back on track. This train has taken a dirt trail since November 2008.

    March 14, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. from the middle

    We tried the Republican path & saw how terribly that worked! The Republican politicians think of the common citizen the same as the common citizen thinks of the dog dung on the bottom of their shoes!

    March 14, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Jersey Wonderfool

    And then do what? Start a war on Iran? And deregulate everything so that pharmaceuticals will be able to sell rat poison as a pain killer but no malpractice suits would be allowed? And also the non-Christians and non-Europeans would be put in their place? So rich can get richer and poor can get poorer – Reagan's view of war on poor rather than war on poverty. And world makes – America takes with borrowed money. And then few more catholics and evangelists on the Supreme court to ban abortion and anoint Texas books as standard for all schools in the nation. Wow, we can pack guns and go anywhere anytime and settle our scores on time. who needs police (the government?)

    March 14, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. John

    It's time to toss out "ALL" career politicians. The Founding Fathers never intended that there be political elite in this country. They thought that people would be elected, serve and be replaced at regular intervals by others. This maintains a healthy discourse and keeps Government accountable to the People. It is a travesty that any Senator or Representative can claim to have been served for 12-18-24+ years.....they have actually been serving themselves....NOT US.

    WE THE PEOPLE have allowed this political elite to evolve and they spend more time assuring their re-election than they do taking care of our business. It's time to assert our authority under the Constitution and throw them ALL out! I will not vote for any incumbents these next two elections, regardless of the Party.

    March 14, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. KO

    These kind of predictions at this point mean absolutely nothing, and they give lazy journalists the chance to publish predictions as "news". The 2010 elections will be based on whether Democrats running give their supporters any reason to vote for them; if the R's "just say no", obstruct everything strategy works (and it would be shameful if it does) Democrat voters will just stay home. Nothing is determined at this point.

    March 14, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. b in FL

    I'm listening to Boehner right now on CNN and he keeps talking about cuts to Medicare. Total joke since the Repubs were totally against Medicare when it was being debated. All he & the Repubs keep doing are their usual scare tactics...they have NOTHING ELSE!! They didn't do anything when they were in the majority so why in the world would they do anything now. Also, if at the time medicare and social security were being debated the way this healthcare bill is now with all the pundits, cable tv shows, internet, etc. then we would not have medicare and SS today....what would you folks taking advantage of those programs now do if that were the case and passing those programs failed.

    March 14, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. Keith

    Mark PA: Face reality a bit, the Community re-Investment Act forced banks to give low interest (though temporarily) loans to credit risky people, knowing full well they won't pay the money back. How was this good for the economy? The so-called oversight committees in Congress did nothing to stop the banks from the shaddy deals they dished out to make a buck. Bush tried to rain in on Freddie Mac and Fannie Fae but was blocked by both Barney Frank and Chris Dodd. Chris Dodd happened to be the #1 campaign recipient of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae (OBama was #2). So which party is in the pockets of the Banks? That CRA was the catalyst for the Housing market collapse. Since Congress is reusing to acknowledge the damage IT has done along with refusing to listen to the people, the people will force them out in November. The election will be about protecting the rights we have under the US Constitution; which THIS administration and Congress continues to trample on.

    March 14, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Hey top 2% of the wage earner

    If you care about the entitlement group so much,why not just donate all your money to them and save me and the evil right wingnuts some money.FYI,I have offered good jobs WITH GOOD INSURANCE to about 5,000 if not 6,000 over my career that would not work and preferred entitlements.

    March 14, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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