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Boehner: GOP Can Expand House Majority

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention in the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

August 27, 2012
AP60914830814.jpgRepublican House Speaker John Boehner was bullish Monday afternoon about his party's chances of expanding their House majority. 

"We're in a strong position to keep our majority and frankly try to expand it," Boehner said at a lunch with reporters in Tampa sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor

Boehner said many GOP incumbents are in better shape than he had expected, allowing Republicans to go on the offensive. The comments come a day after Boehner's office announced that the speaker brought in $4 million as he crisscrossed the country raising money this month. 

After suggesting earlier this year that Republicans might have a tough time holding the majority, (a move many saw as a kick in the pants to a complacent donor community) Boehner is now clearly trying to head into the election's final months from a position of strength.

Photo: Boehner speaking in Tampa on Monday (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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