Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Tuesday disagreed with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' assessment over the weekend that there were enough seats in play this year for Democrats to potentially lose control of the House of Representatives.
Referring the number of Congressional seats that are competitive this election cycle, Hoyer admitted that it's "probably close," but he quickly added that just because there are a lot of seats in play does not mean "by any stretch of the imagination that I think we're going to lose the House. I don't think we are going to lose the House."
Hoyer told reporters at his weekly session on Capitol Hill that he understands Americans are still angry with political leaders that the economy hasn't turned around quickly enough. But he said Democrats will make the case in the months leading up to the midterm election that electing GOP candidates will return the country to "Bush Republican failed policies."
"The economy is still not working they way it ought to work. We agree with that. Unfortunately their anger should be focused on not returning to the Bush-Hastert-Boehner -McCain policies which plunged us into deep debt and resulted in the worst economy in the lifetime of almost every American under 90 years of age," Hoyer said.
Republicans need to pick up 39 House seats in November's midterm elections to win back control of the chamber.