Sessions Looks at 2012 House Races
James Rosen and Rep. Pete Sessions discuss 2012 House races
- Duration 7:25
- Date May 16, 2012
James Rosen and Rep. Pete Sessions discuss 2012 House races
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Of our members in tough races 89 freshman run for four of their first reelection it's a lot found and we have 32 districts.
A -- states.
Where there's no presidential campaign going to be run -- big senate race.
We call these -- district but -- sit well I'd say there's a two and three champs so we wouldn't.
Control of the house again.
But there's -- one in three chance we -- -- That was house speaker John Boehner Republican of Ohio talking to fox news's own Bill Hemmer on America's Newsroom last month.
This is power play for Wednesday may 162012.
I'm James Rosen.
Sitting in for Chris star -- the house minority whip Steny Hoyer Democrat of Maryland after those remarks from the speaker was quick.
But the democrats' chances of retaking the house at 5015 Washington.
Is nothing if not a town that knows counters in the oddsmakers.
What is 100% certain is that the man entrusted with the task of ensuring.
That the Republicans retain control of the house is eight term congressman Pete Sessions Republican of Texas who is now enjoying his second term.
As chair of the national Republican campaign committee he joins us now live from the Russell Senate Office Building congressman can you hear me all right.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Thanks so much for joining us salient among the fact that -- your landscape it seems to me is that this is a presidential election year.
You will have at the top of the GOP ticket Mitt Romney.
We've just gone through this bruising primary process for the Republican Party.
During which for the better part of 68 months we possibly -- the Mitt Romney wasn't conservative enough.
Is he gonna be a drag topping your ticket of all those Tea Party freshman running for reelection.
Mitt Romney is going to be a person who will bring to the table not only an understanding of what this country needs.
And is called jobs.
Is called careers is called competitiveness with the world.
And Mitt Romney won't work will.
Each of us not just the house but also the senate to ensure that were headed the right direction we're very excited that Mitt Romney is our nominee.
Isn't there -- still a lot of room between his positions on various issues and and those of -- a lot of -- Your folks we're gonna be running for reelection let's be truthful about this.
Let's be truthful about this every single Republican cannot wait to be seen with Mitt Romney on stage talking about how we will go about.
Changing not just the colts -- in Washington.
But reviving the free enterprise system back home and Mitt Romney is a free enterprise champion.
There's not one person in this country that from their for a -- -- -- Greece today they understand what four years of this president.
Four years of Nancy Pelosi what she did and of tax and spending has crippled this country.
We have the will to win Republicans can work together even if were slightly different on.
Some ideas we'll work together and come up with -- great things for this country and we're gonna go sell.
This fight because we have the will to win.
I've read congressman where your strategy in part relies on -- individual democratic candidates in local races.
To President Obama much the way for example that the Republicans did in the last cycle.
-- Nancy Pelosi.
But president Obama's job approval rating seems to have stabilized at around 50%.
Which is not an awful place.
For an incumbent to be and his personal approval ratings remain very high.
So where's the where's the rationale for that strategy.
-- the rationale was really quite simple and that is where house Republicans and NCAA policy.
Of trying to make sure that we are for growing our economy giving the American people.
The opportunity to make a go of it you know 50%.
Of students today when they graduate from college cannot find a job that's not a good future.
I like to present also I think a lot of people personally like the president I wanna see the president be successful.
It's his policies.
That we disagree -- it is his policies of growing the size of the federal government.
A diminishing the ability that people have in our country to have jobs just take example he's down the Keystone Pipeline is one example where.
Maybe somebody in Washington thinks they care more about these jobs in the pipeline in the energy that would be coming -- this country and then the people back home.
But they don't the American people needed champs have a fighting chance to have jobs and a -- in their future and that's what Republicans talk about.
All right we've just got a couple of minutes left with the congressman so very quickly maybe thirty seconds each want to look at a few particular house races this year.
Let's start with the Pennsylvania twelve.
The company's Mark Critz the Democrat.
And he's running against a Republican attorney his challenger Keith -- looks.
But this is mr.
-- was his second shot at trying to win a congressional seat what do you make of that race.
Well I was a second term first not lost twice and I came back and won this -- -- -- it was straight down the line.
-- being four.
Growing our economy against a Liberal Democrats do.
Won his primary.
Against a conservative Democrat.
Once again Obama care and taxes and can -- -- the issue.
And I think Western Pennsylvania once again support the person that is not for raising taxes and not the war continue to big government health care takeover.
Let's take a look at New York -- -- the incumbent is a Republican Nan Hayworth who was elected with Tea Party support.
The US since gone on to articulate support for various aspects of gay rights and that's made or perhaps controversial.
-- with the Tea Party she is running against a cardiologist the Democrat rich Becker.
Is she too conservative for the Hudson Valley area just north of -- -- Nan Hayworth graduated first in our medical school -- she is a very wide sandy young woman.
Who brings to bear of the things which work you know I would be what the Democrats -- for it didn't work.
But what we're -- is market base.
That give the free enterprise system and people back home a chance to make things work Nan Hayworth is a great representative.
From this New York seat and she will win again.
All right we have just about a minute left -- one last race wanna bring up with the Iowa before it's not -- -- it also but it could well be the most interesting.
House race in the country -- we see the incumbent Republican Steve King.
Flying against Christie Vilsack wife of the Agriculture Secretary.
Do you fear the influx of the Obama administration's cloud in that race.
There's no question about it that President Obama.
And the secretary wolf we born stormy what to defeat Steve King Steve King once again.
Clearly talks about what I would that you -- our.
I -- values are people grow up.
They have a job they work hard they make our country -- they support our military with their sons and daughters to come.
They go to church they talk about the issues around the table and Steve King -- win this race also.
In a word yes -- -- do you have the money you need.
We we have we're getting to the money that we need.
All right congressman Pete Sessions Republican of Texas and chair of the national Republican campaign committee thank you so much for joining us on our -- today --