House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerRyan delays committee assignments until 2017 Lobbying World 'Ready for Michelle' PACs urge 2020 run MORE (R-Ohio) said Sunday that while he expects Republican gains in Congress this fall, winning back the House remains "a challenge" for the GOP.
"I continue to believe that it is a challenge to take back the House," BoehnerJohn BoehnerRyan delays committee assignments until 2017 Lobbying World 'Ready for Michelle' PACs urge 2020 run MORE said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
He repeated the claim that as many as 100 House seats are up for grabs in the fall, but remained cautious on predicting the extent of GOP gains.
"It's only August and there are a lot of things that can happen between now and Election Day," Boehner said."Is it possible? Yes, it certainly is possible."
When Boehner was asked how Republicans would pay for the extension of tax cuts without adding to the federal deficit, he declined to directly say they wouldn't add to the deficit.
"I am not for raising taxes on the American people in a soft economy," said Boehner.
Pressed repeatedly by moderator David Gregory on how the GOP would pay for tax cuts, Boehner responded, "Listen, what you're trying to do is get into this Washington game and their funny accounting over there."
"The American people are screaming at the top of their lungs to Washington, 'Stop. Stop the spending, stop the job-killing policies,' " he said.