Washington D.C. – In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos this week, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a prediction that the Democratic Party would retake the House of Representatives in the November elections.
Stephanopoulos asked Pelosi,
“If the election were held today, you think the Democrats would win?”
Pelosi responded that she believes they would. She pointed to John Beohner’s recent assessment that the Republicans only a 2/3 chance of keeping the House.
“What he did say that was correct was that there are about 50 Republican seats in play. I would say 75. I feel pretty good about where we are,”
Republicans are defending a huge class of 89 freshmen. The majority of the Freshmen Congressmen rode the 2010 Republican wave into the House. Some of them are safe but the majority of them are looking at tough races. Many of them were elected as protest candidates and have never been held up to much public scrutiny.
Democrats need to pick up 25 seats to regain control of the House.
Boehner told Stephanopoulos he felt “pretty good” about the GOP’s chances of holding the House. He then commented,
“You never know what’s gonna happen.”
Boehner talked about the fierce independent streak a lot of the Freshmen Congressmen have and how their Tea Party backgrounds make them unpredictable.
“I’ve never been shy about leading. But you know, leaders need followers. And we’ve got 89 brand-new members. We’ve got a pretty disparate caucus. It is hard to keep 218 frogs in a wheelbarrow long enough to get a bill passed.”
Pelosi closed by telling the show,
“What I would like to see in this election is a recognition that we must reduce the role of money in campaigns. Move on to public financing of campaigns, overturn the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United and generally reduce the role of money in campaigns, increase the civility and elect more women into Congress.”