Washington (CNN) – House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, predicted Wednesday that Republicans stand a good chance of taking back the House from Democrats in November and said he is at odds with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on that prospect.
"There is a lot of work still to be done, but yes, I do think that we can take back the majority in the U.S. House in November," Cantor told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
Cantor said he differs on that point with the RNC chairman, who has refused several times to predict a GOP takeover this fall. Earlier Tuesday, Steele told ABC that that the GOP can "narrow the margin" in the House and Senate, but he would not say if Republicans are primed to re-take the majority.
Cantor said he met with Steele at Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's inauguration last weekend and told the RNC chairman he disagrees with him on Republican prospects for the midterm elections.
"I disagree with Chairman Steele on that point because I believe that the American people, at this point, want to see a check-and-balance on the one party rule in Washington that has not produced the kind of hope and change that was promised a year ago," he said.
Asked if he has confidence in Steele's leadership of the party, Cantor responded: "Michael Steele is hard at work doing the things that he does as chairman of the RNC, yes. But I disagree with him on the notion about the prospects of taking back the House."
Cantor cautioned that Republicans still must prove to voters that they have the right ideas to win elections and govern.