Boehner Sees Red: Speaker Predicts GOP Gains in House
John Boehner has seen the future, and it's looking pretty rosy.
Asked in an interview Sunday with ABC's George Sephanopoulos to predict how many more seats the GOP would pick up in the mid-term election, the House Speaker gave a safe, yet confident reply.
"More than we have today," Boehner said.
For those of you keeping score at home: Republicans already control 233 House seats out of 435 total, not including the district that former Majority Leader Eric Cantor vacated in August.
Of course, Boehner didn't exactly going out on a limb. The White House's party almost always loses seats in the House in midterm elections, and President Barack Obama's mediocre approval rating is making it hard for Democrats to gain traction. Republican gains are likely to be small just four years after the Republican wave of 2010 delivered the party a net gain of 63 House seats.
Boehner was interviewed from Maine, where he was campaigning for Republican nominee Bruce Poliquin in a district that Democrat Michael Michaud is giving up to run for governor.
Democrats have held the district for two decades, though an independent poll puts Poliquin 10 points ahead of Democratic opponent Emily Cain. A Democratic super-political action committee has begun airing ads attacking Poliquin.
By campaigning in Maine, Boehner is showing how he wants to weaken the Democratic dominance in New England. Democrats hold all 21 House seats in the six-state region, though they'll be pressed to defend Michaud's seat as well as both districts in New Hampshire and at least one apiece in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
"I don't think you can be a national party if you just ignore one part of the country," Boehner said.