Boehner and Pelosi say they feel good heading into November
May 20th, 2012
11:40 AM ET
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Boehner and Pelosi say they feel good heading into November

(CNN) – Current House Speaker John Boehner and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi engaged in an elections expectations debate Sunday, with both forecasting a party victory in November.

Boehner, R-Ohio, acknowledged there will be some tough battles for Republicans, but said most GOP members are doing “very well.”

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“I think most of our members are doing very well. But again, you never know what's going to happen over the next six months,” Boehner said on ABC’s “This Week.” “My job is to make sure our team is prepared.”

Boehner, who earlier this year predicted there was a one-in-three chance Republicans would lose control of the House, dismissed a suggestion his party would be swept out in a wave election.

When asked if he was confident he would return as the top Republican if the GOP retains control of the House, he responded, “I am.”

However, Pelosi, D-California, who served as speaker before Democrats lost their House majority in the 2010 elections, on Sunday said she thinks there are 75 Republican seats currently in play.

“I feel pretty good about where we are,” Pelosi said on ABC.

Would she run for speaker if Democrats regain control?

"I just want to come back with the Democrats in the majority. That's really what is important," she said.

Democrats need to capture 25 seats currently held by Republicans to win back control of the lower chamber in November. And the House party fund-raising committees are battling for campaign cash.

After outraising its Democratic counterpart in April by a small margin, the National Republican Campaign Committee had $31.3 million in the bank, according to figures released Friday. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had $25 million cash on hand as of the end of April.

Filed under: 2012 • Congress • DCCC • House • John Boehner • Nancy Pelosi • NRCC
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    Americans now see how radical the Republican Party has become – when they "swift boat" their own politicians when they commit the ultimate sin – compromising with Democrats for the good of the American people. Independents and moderates will not support the Tea Party Republicans who work only to prevent the President's re-eletion even when their efforts prevent economic recovery and job creation.

    May 20, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    “I feel pretty good about where we are,” Pelosi said on ABC.
    Deja Vu. It is exactly what she said in 2010 right before The Great Shellacking. Smart Democrats in congress will begin distancing themselves from the Obama Administration so that they will not get pulled down with Obama in November. It was used successfully by many Democratic congressmen in 2010 and certainly this will be a better strategy than the Divide and Conquer strategy Axelrod has laid out for Obama/ Biden 2012. Americans are not people who are easily divided, even by their own president. We live together and work together. We are better than that.

    May 20, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Smart republican’s voters are running away from GOP and Mitt Romney

    GOP agendas are

    Take money from women’s benefits give to rich
    Take money from future generation education give to Oil companies

    May 20, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. mark

    Why are his eyes always glazed over? Looks like he needs a drug test!

    May 20, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Mitt is nonsense to nation, Bain capital. Ships jobs to china for cheap labor.

    May 20, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. king

    Boener wants to parralize this country like they did in the past 4 years, policy wants to modernize this country infrastructure by putting millions back to work and draw international, and the companies that had fled the bush administration, back to our shores. The repubs method of blocking criticism going on to the rich for not creating jobs, since they are making more money than anytime in history, cause the rich to rape the American people unshaded. Look at gas prices, look at the health insurance premiums. Every time Obama tries to confront these rich folks about the situation, the repubs defend their antic by saying Obama is committing class war fare.

    May 20, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Boehner feels good because he is drunk! This drunken bum should resign as Weeper of the House because he is a disgrace to the United States of America. He is also a poor excuse for a human being.

    May 20, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. GonzoinHouston

    Four/door's predictions remind me of Baghdad Bob telling the press how the Americans would be slaughtered by the Iraqi army.

    May 20, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    This time the Shellacking will come from the silent majority.......It will not come from those who SHOUT the loudest

    May 20, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If Mittens is going to act like a spoiled whiny sixth grade girl, he ought to step up and fight like one.

    May 20, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Norma Vessels

    To Four and the Door ... first of all, the idea of our president wanting to conquer & divide the people, is about as far off as one can get .. and when one thinks about it at all, it comes to mind that, that's the exact thing that the Republicans in Congress has been doing all along. They appear to be buddy buddies with the American people .. but, they do everything in their power, to go against anything we, the people, need. They want to separate President Obama from us .. but guess what .. it's not working now. It's not working now. We know you for what you are .. and it's not working now. Get it?!

    May 20, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Loy Morris

    Obama has achieved so much without the help of the Congress. The Republican Party, alias NO sayers earn 174,000 per year, plus 5,000 per month living expenses for doing nothing. If you are in the top 1% then Romney will be your choice. Unfortunately 99% of Americans aren't in that group. We pay into Social Security and Medicare all our lives. Now it is on the Republican budget plan written by Paul Ryan, and called, "Marvelous" by Romney to be tossed away, they call it privatization.

    May 20, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Cathy

    "Would she run for speaker if Democrats regain control?

    "I just want to come back with the Democrats in the majority. That's really what is important," she said."

    Translated: Of course I would run for Speaker. These elections are all about me and I really don't care for the voters.
    I have to keep telling the American people how important, like many of the other politicians, they are so I
    I keep getting re-elected and enjoy the life of luxury I'm accustomed to.

    May 20, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. claude shepherd

    well i have said this befor that no one man ro woman can on there first day in as pres. do all that mitt says what he going to do if he can do that we would not haft to pay him for the aest of the much for that .so i thank that if the gop win the house then they should put somebody else in as speaker if dems win they some one besides that woman we need some body for the people in stead for thear seft

    May 20, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. bullock w

    I warning nancy what whappened about fraud check scam from afrcian amercian so I will not support vote for presdient obama

    May 20, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Current House Speaker John Boehner would be a great Vice President !

    He's a great do noting talker kinda guy.

    May 20, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. gg

    obama spent billions to save a country–bush spent trillion,s to destroy a country-obama fighting for made in america -mitt made in china

    May 20, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    bullock – was this on Hannity, I missed it?

    May 20, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I am always optimistic about the future. However the Stiock Market has been shrinking lately after having good gains. So things may not be as rosy as some are thinking. All the problems in the country are still there. Pelosi is either in a daze of trying to fool us once again. You know, we neet to Re-Elect Obmaa so we can see what we have bought. The Polls are telling what people are thinking. Will paople change their votes once again in November. Don't know why some say the Republician's are Radical. Pushing for Fiscal Responsibility isn't Radical, it's common sense.

    May 20, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. CAmoderate1

    This election year will be decided because of our economy. One only needs to look at the state they live to see what direction this country will head in the coming years. How are things in your state? What party is in charge? Take a good long look and you will know who to vote for in the coming election. Look only at what is ACTUALLY happening and forget any and all promises politicians make. Talk is cheap. Promises are almost always talking points that go unrealized once someone has been elected.

    May 20, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. bcrunner

    Well, The Republicans have demonize Nancy Pelosi, but she has more cajones than cry baby Boehner. She got a lot more accomplished than he ever will. Tell me of one piece of legislation he passed in the last two years that produced ONE job. Where are the jobs Boehner?????????

    May 20, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. pkbkr

    Let's hope we get rid of Boehner.....and those obstructionist Republicans in the House! I am amazed that our President has accomplished as much as he has. Remember Mitch McConnell's vow to "make sure he is a one term president"......they decided in Innauguration Day that they'd not cooperate.....selfish acts, not for the good of the American people. God forbid we get a Republican president/House......Goodbye America as we know it! Only the rich survive!

    May 20, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Squigman

    Hopefully the American people, will have something to cheer about in November. Hopefully the now Speaker Of The House, will be unemployed and someone new, will be in this position, Not a republican.

    May 20, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. Gimmeabreak!

    All of this pathetic divisiveness started with Obama on Day One: "WE WON" really set the tone for cooperation, didn't it? And then came passing the bloated, totally unexplained healthcare bill behind closed doors (2000-pages no one in Congress read - "we'll have to see what it says once we pass it" - right Pelosi?). Yeah, right - such "openness" and "inclusion" from the "hope and change turkeys!

    May 20, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. DanW

    It's so comforting to know that leaders of the two parties who have managed for years to not do squat about our soon-to-be-crippling debt are feeling good about November. I predict that "Four More Years" won't be a popular chant during the upcoming campaign.

    May 20, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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