National Press Club

NRCC chair says Republicans will retain House majority

September 8, 2016 | By Bob Weiner and Ben Lasky | weinerpublic@comcast.net and laskyben@gmail.com

NRCC Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.)

NRCC Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.)

Photo/Image: Noel St. John

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden of Oregon predicted that the GOP will maintain its House majority "in solid shape" at a Club Newsmaker Thursday.

Walden took over the leadership of the House Republicans' fundraising arm after the 2012 elections and saw the GOP win a 60-vote majority two years later, its biggest since 1928.

Walden said that many GOP-controlled districts where voters supported Democratic President Barack Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney are not in play because of Democratic “recruiting failures."

When asked if his members were “running away" from their presidential nominee, Donald Trump, he said that they were actually running against the Democratic leadership, and “everybody will do their own thing.”

While saying he was “concerned about voter turnout,” Walden said members would work to get their supporters to the polls in their districts.

He said the next president should be "more engaged with Republicans in Congress” and said there could be “bipartisan cooperation” on issues such as poverty, health care, and energy.

Walden said that he will give up the NRCC chairmanship after the election and hoped to become the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, assuming the Republicans retain their majority.