DNC chief: 'Entirely reasonable' for Boehner to fear losing House

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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) said Tuesday that it was "entirely reasonable" for Speaker John Boehner to express doubts about the GOP's ability to hold the House in November's elections.

Wasserman Schultz said that though she's "not an oddsmaker," she agreed with Boehner that Democrats could fare well in the November elections. 

"I think it is entirely reasonable for the Speaker to expect they could lose the House, because they very well could," the DNC chairwoman told CNN. 

"John Boehner has allowed the Tea Party to take over their conference," Wasserman Schultz continued. "The Republicans have fully embraced extremism." 

On Monday, Boehner told Fox News he believed there was a one-in-three chance Democrats would take back the House. 


“I would say that there is a two-in-three chance that we win control of the House again but there’s a one-in-three chance that we could lose, and I’m being myself, frank. We’ve got a big challenge and we’ve got work to do,” Boehner said.

Wasserman Schultz went on to suggest that Boehner had made his prediction to send "a strong message to donors" to rally behind an unpopular House GOP.

"How rare is it for a Speaker to suggest — I can tell you that [former Speaker] Nancy Pelosi [(D-Calif.)] would never have suggested there was a possibility we would lose," Wasserman Schultz said.

"There's no enthusiasm for their campaigns, no enthusiasm for their agenda," she continued.

The chairwoman was also asked about an editorial appearing in The Hill by former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.). In the piece, Gregg suggests Congress just return home until after the election, as elected officials seem wary of working on large issues until after November.

Wasserman Shultz blamed House Republicans for not wanting to work on pressing issues before the election.

"The people who control the agenda right now are the Republicans," she said.

In other comments, Wasserman Schultz said new polls indicated Arizona is "very close to getting in play" in the presidential election because "Mitt Romney has the most extreme position on immigration of any presidential candidate in history." A poll from Arizona State University released Monday showed President Obama trailing presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney by two points in the state.

Wasserman Schultz also curtly dismissed criticism from rocker Ted Nugent, who called her a "brain-dead soulless, heartless idiot."

"Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names can never hurt me," Wasserman Schultz said.