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NRCC's Houlton: GOP Majority in House 'Ambitious but Doable'

By    |   Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:27 PM

Flipping 12 seats from blue to red in November would give House Republicans one of their largest majorities since World War II, a party spokesman told Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

And if the GOP can pair that "Drive to 245" in the House with six more seats in the Senate, "we'll have two chambers to hold this president accountable," Tyler Houlton of the National Republican Congressional Committee told "America's Forum" host J.D. Hayworth.

Surveying the electoral map in a bruising GOP primary season, Houlton acknowledged some of his party's internal battles, including a mud-spattered Senate race in Mississippi that is headed to a runoff between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and his tea party-backed challenger, Chris McDaniel.

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But Houlton argued that ultimately Republicans are pulling in one direction.

"Regardless of how tough primaries can get, we need a check on Barack Obama and we need to take back the Senate," he said. "I'm sure there's a couple of issues between the two [Mississippi] candidates, but the differences are far smaller between [them and] anyone that's going to run as a Democrat."

He said whoever emerges from the runoff "will be a fine senator when elected in November."

A Republican Senate majority is also attainable thanks to strong GOP candidates — including Mike Rounds in South Dakota, Joni Ernst in Iowa, and Steve Daines in Montana — facing vulnerable Democrats, said Houlton.

But as the spokesman for a House electoral operation, Houlton's focus is on cementing the GOP's existing majority there by picking up more seats.

The "Drive to 245" program is, in Houlton's words, "slightly ambitious but it's doable if you look at the math."

"We've got races across the country where we have solid Republican candidates running against Democratic incumbents that just don't fit their districts," he said, citing contests in California, Iowa, Texas, and Florida as "real opportunities to expand our majority and . . .  hopefully work with the Senate that's controlled by Republicans."

He said the president's sliding approval ratings and a lack of enthusiasm among Democratic voters should help Republicans in congressional races across the country.

Houlton described reports of discord within House GOP ranks, especially over a divisive immigration reform bill, as "overblown a lot of times by the media because they enjoy those stories so much."

"Yes, there's some disagreement on policy. There always will be, even in our party," he said.

"At the end of the day, everyone here realizes that electing more Republicans is good for us," said Houlton. "Because even if we have slight disagreements over policy issues, it's far better than being surrounded by Democrats, who disagree with us on everything."

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