August 26th, 2010
05:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Already boasting, Republicans predict huge gains in November

Washington (CNN) – A top House Republican boasted Thursday that Republicans are already positioned to take control of the House, and argued the Democrats' political position will only worsen as Election Day approaches.

California Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the top recruiter of GOP candidates and chief Republican Whip in the House, told reporters on a conference there are "more than enough seats" to win, and added, "I think the map is getting bigger by the day."

McCarthy, who has traveled to more than 50 districts so far during the August recess, said the economy and the President's poll numbers are dragging down Democrats' chances of keeping their majority. On President Obama, the GOP leader predicted, "I think his approval rating will be even lower" by November and said the overall size of the political playing field will expand as a result.

McCarthy said over 80 House seats are now in play, noting that is more than twice the number Republicans need to take the majority. Ticking through many of the competitive races across the country, McCarthy predicted even more seats currently leaning Democratic –like Rep David Wu's in Oregon and Rep Carolyn McCarthy's in New York - will begin shifting toward the Republican column.

McCarthy maintained there is a "panic mode inside the Democratic party from the Democrats themselves" and said party leaders would soon have to make tough choices about which candidates deserved resources and who would be cut off.

He pointed to Florida Blue Dog Democrat Allen Boyd, who narrowly held off a primary challenger on Tuesday, as someone who is "pretty much in essence gone." The California Republican also said that GOP fundraising is on the up tick - closing what was a 6-1 money gap between Democrats and Republicans to closer to 2 -1.

Another top House Republican, GOP Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Pennsylvania, touted the more than 500 events he said Republicans have held so far over the recess in a call with reporters Thursday. He and other Republicans point out that the intensity of voters is driven by economic anxiety.

"Everywhere I go its about jobs and spending, it's about the fact that economic policies of this administration have failed and the American people are looking for a new approach that will bring certainty," Pence said.

Democrats dismissed GOP assessments about the midterms, arguing it was just a case of Republicans prematurely "measuring the drapes" before Election Day.

Ryan Rudominer, spokesman for the House Democratic campaign arm, shot back, "In Kevin McCarthy-land every seat in Congress is in play." He said that some of the so-called "Young Gun" candidates who were hand picked by McCarthy and other GOP leaders are not as strong as they are billed to be. One example is David Rivera, the Republican candidate who just won his primary for an open seat in South Florida.

Rivera has denied allegations made by his political opponents about domestic violence – an allegation Rivera says stems from a case of mistaken identity – and he has had to answer questions about his involvement in a traffic incident with postal truck carrying campaign literature in 2002.

"With all the bluster and all the promises the NRCC has made, the bottom line is that they now face some tough decisions about which of their seriously flawed candidates with anemic fundraising have disqualified themselves as viable candidates and have to be abandoned," Rudominer said.

On Friday, Democratic Campaign Chairman Chris Van Hollen will lay out the Democratic fall plan of attack at a press conference, including a major grassroots push planned for this Saturday. House Democrats are shooting for their supporters knock on over 200,000 doors nationwide.

While Republicans repeat the mantra that the ailing economy will drive voters to make the midterms a "change" election, they remain vague about any detailed proposals they will unveil this fall to turn the jobs picture around.

McCarthy, who has been heading up an online listening project for Republicans to draft their policy agenda, will only say that will include a "fundamental government reform package" and will come out sometime next month. Both McCarthy and Pence pointed to the economic speech by House Republican Leader John Boehner on Tuesday as an indication of what types of policies they will espouse in the final weeks before the election. But beyond calling for the resignations of top Obama economic advisors, Boehner's speech gave little in the way of specific proposals.

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Filed under: 2010 • GOP • House Republicans • Kevin McCarthy • Republican Party
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. disgusted

    LOL. I don't think so. Who has the lowest polling numbers? GOP. There ya go.

    August 26, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. KathyC in Minnesota

    God help this country should the Republicanhs regain the Houses of Congress. Their policy of do-nothing for the country will shine ever brighter.

    Take care of those at the very top of ther food chain while screw8ng over those in the middle and bottom.

    August 26, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. Usarnaem

    Please, don't let the foxes back in the hen house.

    August 26, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. Marty, FL

    The GOP is overplaying its hand (again)'s all about the party's focus on power, not the service.
    No thanks.

    August 26, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Facts, what the Democrats have done for America:

    Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment Benefits, Minimum Wage, Civil Rights, SCHIP and in 2009 Healthcare for Americans who need it, Wall Street & Banking Reform, Lowered Income Taxes for Working & Middle Income.

    What have the Republicans done for America?

    Started wars, tortured, lied about the reason to attack Iraq; given America the likes of Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Bush i & II; De-regulated banking and Wall Street which helped implode the Economy in 2008 and we are still in the mess they created. Two wars costing America........$6......... billion a month. Cut back on educational spending; spied on Americans using the Patriot Act., etc., etc., How about spent the last year and a half complaining and obstructing? That's leadership?

    In NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO!

    August 26, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. La Piovra

    I believe Oedipus bragged like that, before he found out he had married his own mother. Of course, if he had been a Republican, he would have therefore called himself a family values candidate, and if the people of Thebes had then pelted him with rotten eggs, he would have said he received a standing ovation.

    August 26, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. Buster

    Democrats are starting to run as independents and calling out pelosi, reid and nobummer in their re-election bids. Now these clowns were let off the hook from voting for the health care deformity and the stimulus but would have if pelosi had needed them. These so called independent demorats need to be tossed out also.MA-HOLE, if you really are that dense check yourself into a mental health ward.

    August 26, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. guy from NM

    I would not be surprised, considering the IQ level of the voters of this country.

    August 26, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Republicans predict huge gains in November. Republicans also predict Jesus is returning to save them. I reckon the odds are about even.

    August 26, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. Daniel

    What the GOP doesn't want you to see, is how many Dems voted in the primaries, completely out numbering them. This is false, and overstated.

    August 26, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. Jersey George

    As an independent, I'd like to see the Republicans take the house and senate this fall because then the pressure will be on them to deliver for the American people. You have to remember that they and right-wing conservatives were already attacking Obama's policies soon after his inauguration. If the GOP sweeps this fall they"ll have about 2 years to turn things around before the 2012 elections. I'll be very curious to know what will be their plans for the country and what segment of the American population will benefit or suffer from what they do. If they fail, I don't want to hear the same excuses from them that they accused the Obama administration of using. Deliver or pay the consequence of losing in 2012.

    August 26, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. Moke

    The truth of the matter is that these republicans do not care about what is right for America. All they care about is power. Hoping that the president's approval rating go down means that the country is not doing well. Translation, we hope everything he does to help this country fails, so that we can come back to power again. That has been their only objective. They ran this economy to the ditch and they have the nerve to blame the president for what is going on in this country. What is truly sad is that people are following this fools blindly. People makes the argument that when O took office the unemployment was 8% and now it is his fault that the unemployment is 9.5. The only mistake Obama team did is under estimate the magnitude to the problem. If the president and the democrats did not take the actions they took, we will be in a deep depression. For those of you that argues that the free market systen will have taken care of itself they not have a clue. You need an airbag to minimize the impact of an accident, therefore increase the likelyhood of surviving and that my friends is the stimulus. Without it, might not have survive the impact. I cannot not say for certain, but is something that I did not want to find out.

    August 26, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. King

    Deregulatition and tax cuts and spending cuts will cut off money flowing through the central government which disperse money thoughout the system supplying states with their fist respond programs teachers etc. On the other hand companies will be free to make money. Instead of paying americans 20 to 30 dollars hourly they could go to china and pay that same money for the day and rake in millions. Business is about bottom line money! They give a hoot about patriotism all americans aint fools fox news

    August 26, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Jules

    News flash! The majority will likely vote Democrat, why? Because we are not fools. The Republicans have been spouting their disdain since they lost the election, we hated it then and we dispise it now. So, yes, the republicans are whining loudly, the sore losers. We who are happy are just sitting back watching them make fools of themselves.
    We are not that stupid to fall for their anti-american, greedy, selfish ways. Not once do you hear the republicans talk about taking a pay cut, and you won't. I would rather my tax money be spent on helping others, than the republicans helping themselves!

    August 26, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  15. they call me "tater salad"

    Yeah, Ok jerkoff if thats what you and the Republicans need to keep telling yourselves to get you through the night............Whatever........I guess we'll just have to wait and see in November won't we? Hope you'll be just as eager to claim the title of WHIG PARTY of the 21st. century after the votes are tallied and you discover that your little fantasy didn't quite work out the way you thought it would because the Democrats just handed you a blistering defeat of historic proportions. Bring on November!!!!!!

    August 26, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. kev

    I served in the Armed Forces for 7 years,honorably. I supported and respected each Commander and Chief regardless of politic party. I understand individuals wanting to win seats or office. What is happening before us makes me sick to my stomach. The Tea party,Republican Congress,and some religious leaders are leading Americans astray. What happened to, we shall not be moved?Our military was assigned to strike back at the knuckle heads who attacked the trade centers,in return we have almost dismantle their forces,over thrown a country and government,now we are attacking religion. What's next WW3? Talk shows and groups are already brainwashing the weak minded to carryout their dirty work. Make me wonder,are those aliens buzzin about, or our mutated great-grt-grt-grt-grt-grt-grt-grt-grt-grt-grt-grt-grt-grt-grt-grt-grt-grt-grt-grt-grt grandchildren trying to prevent us from doing something uneventful.

    August 26, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. LOLCNN

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 27% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17

    Gee I wonder why of Nov. the dems will be out of power and as of 2012 the guy pretending to be president will be gone also!

    August 26, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  18. therhino80@hotmail..Com

    They agaist wall street reform .they would rather see the big 3 collapse and throw millions out of wrk.we cannot afford this party in power!

    August 26, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. Doug

    They are right. Democrats ran on a platform of change, and made promise after promise that they have just not kept. They continue to this day to blame Bush for everything, while forcing job killing agendas, doing nothing to stop illegal immigration, sponsoring government takeovers of industry and ramming through unconstitutional legislation that would require every American to buy a commercial product called health insurance, and all the while giving handout after handout at the expense of those of us who work. God help them come November. Time to give Republicans some power back, if nothing else, to neuter the Democratic power base so they don't have the power to ram through whatever laws and policies they please anymore.

    August 26, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. paul

    if true it'll mean complete deadlock. Republicans will believe their NO stance on everything works and absolutely nothing will get done.

    August 26, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  21. Cindy Merrill

    Considering how bad off the economy is now, I think the only recourse voters have is to vote out as many incumbants as possible. Democrats wasted their 6 months of complete control of the House and Senate on rewarding DNC donors ( "Stimulus") and passing a healthcare bill that even themselves admit will not hold down cost-thus, we're in for higher unemployment, higher taxes and lower quality of life: that is, if we allow Democrats to control the House & Senate after Nov. 2

    August 26, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  22. kev

    Everyone is wondering where are the jobs? We may have to use our skills we have now to create them. The future is right around the corner. Let's get this election out of the way. Taslar or what ever that new auto manufacturer name is. Also the gentleman that flew the all solar plane has proved that good things are at hand. Hold on change is coming!

    August 26, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. John

    Yeah right! Go ahead Dream on Republican,You'll be crying after the election day!

    August 26, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  24. Sick&TiredOfTheGOP

    My mama always told me "NEVER COUNT YOUR CHICKENS BEFORE THEY HATCH". The party of no, nada, nothing continues to insult the American taxpayers' intelligence. Stay awake America, we are not idiots; however, I wished I could say the same thing for the republicans.

    August 26, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  25. Caleb

    We as Americans are so stupid it baffles me. I cant believe people want to actually give these idiots control again.

    August 26, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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