July 13th, 2010
01:46 PM ET
4 years ago

Hoyer disagrees with Gibbs that Dems could lose House

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that he doesn’t think enough seats in play this year for Republicans to take control of the House of Representatives.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that he doesn’t think enough seats in play this year for Republicans to take control of the House of Representatives.

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.


Filed under: 2010 • House • Robert Gibbs • Steny Hoyer
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. A suprise

    Mr. Gibbs assertion the democrats will lose in the November elections might have some merit. i personally think we might lose seats , but I do not think we will lose the House. The November election will not change the scope of the economy. For Republicans and the Republican voters they should sit back and blame there own party for putting us were we are today. Changing politicians will not solve the problem and bashing the president will not solve the problem. the Republicans are quick to pull the trigger but they always miss there target. So if they are going to win in November they ought take target practice, aim and come up with a solution. I know we are facing hard times but our society has turned out to be cry babies, complainers and the Republicans should stop putting wrong ideas in peoples minds, confuse people and paint a wrong picture of the Presidents achievements and hard work to fix the economic problem. We will persevere and God Bless our country.

    July 13, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. WILLARD BULLOCK

    Yeah democratic will lose lose lose
    Im belived that hoyer are wrong that gibbs are alright now
    Repubic are better that hoyer

    July 13, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Sources tell CNN that soon-to-be house MINORITY leader Steny Hoyer also explained that Ren was the chiuhua and Stimpy was the cat. "Put them together, and you get Steny", he was quoted as saying..

    July 13, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Unit34AHunt

    Even though I've been a registered Dem since 1982, I'll be voting to oust Grijalva. I can't see much about the DNC's national agenda save improvement of renewable power infrastructure that appeals to me, and they're not even trying much on renewables.

    July 13, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Gary

    Adding $3 trillion to our deficit over 2 years makes this Obama White House even worse than the irresponsible Bush Administration and this Democratic Congress even worse than the irresponsible Republican Congress. We need to vote these bums out and keep voting them out until they do these three things:

    1. CUT SPENDING.
    2. STOP RAISING TAXES.
    3. BALANCE THE BUDGET.

    We need more quality independent candidates.

    July 13, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Peace

    I agree with Steny Hoyer, GOP taking over the house will not happen. 39 seats is not easy to capture. People understand very well taking and giving back game won't help anyone. The reason which made them to take the power from GOP is still in their mind, as there is nothing from GOP side which has offset it!

    July 13, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. TRHSONS

    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.
    No we don't want the deep debt and bad economy like when bush was in but we Americans do not want another joker to add on to that deep debt faster then the previous joker did and not even think twice about it. Everytime I go up to vote I belong to nither party but I have to look to see who is the lesser of the two evils and right now the Republicans are the lesser of the evils. Dems are just blind and contiune to march down and sing their song like everything is wonderful in the streets.

    July 13, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. KAZPORT

    Blame Bush... Priceless..

    July 13, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Eric

    Heh heh heh... Hey, Steny, you keep thinking that, bud. We prefer you doofuses (or is it "doofi"?) stay completely clueless right up to the point when we back the U-Haul truck up to your office door and move you out.

    Hey Democrats, no need to worry... hell, there is no need to even campaign or fund raise... don't watch the polls... the public isn't steaming, fuming furious with you and your policies of planned economic holocaust...

    Just keep marching right into political obscurity.

    July 13, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Simon/Orlando

    Steny is living in a dream world. Congressional approval rate is down to about 20%. Most people think that the country is moving in the wrong direction. Democrats will be shocked at the results in November.

    July 13, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. veteran

    Well Mr. Hoyer, one can run on "HOPE" but if thats all you got goodbye!

    July 13, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Amy

    I could care less about who has the majority in the House or Senate-I just want the people there to DO THEIR JOBS! It's become all about power and numbers to the politicians, but to us it is job that is not getting done in Washington!

    July 13, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Conservative Democrat

    What a great choice. Vote for the spineless Democrats, or the "we only care about rich people and big corporations" Republicans.

    July 13, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Charlie in Maine

    Now wait a minute here. The framers of the constitution set it up on purpose so that "We could lose the House". Every voter should be worried that this could happen and do everythingin their power to make sure that the party of "No" does not take the House. Preticting victory does nothing to help this cause. It is a little lke W's "Mission Accomplished" it is just too soon. Gibbs is right we could lose the house. And if you sick of reading about the GOP's antics think how you would feel if they were in charge again. Vote, vote, vote (BTW in case you tea baggers get upset by that I don't mean vote three times I mean be sure to vote)

    July 13, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Malty

    The White House is just throwing out garbage to unite its base. Basically, they know that they are doing some very unpopular things, but hope that the democratic voters are 'inspired' to vote for a party (D) rather than for a solution.

    Hoyer is just not smart enough to catch on.

    July 13, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. valwayne

    After all the corrupt spending, and vote buying, and radical left wing insanity Congressman Hoyer sounds about as lame as you can get!

    July 13, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. FM

    Gibbs was quite wrong. Even if there is a lot of seats in play, this does not mean on the Dems side only. It applies also to the GOP side. Logically, if GOP will gain some seats and lose some, how can they take over the house?

    July 13, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. snow

    If I was hoyer, I would not try to compare nobummer to President Bush because nobummer's tax and spend policies along with the demorat congress has made things alot worse in the last 16 months.There are alot less jobs and higher unemployment that are credited to nobummer. After all nobummer said if we did not pass the stimulus the unemployment figures might hit 9 percent so the demorats passed stimulus and it is almost 10 percent. Closer to 17 percent if you count the ones who have given up looking for work. Yeah, I know it's all President Bush's fault.

    July 13, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Rose

    Hoyer had better wake up. All the Dems know how to do is blame Bush for everything, when are they going to take responsibility for their actions. We don't like what the Dems have done and will continue to do. I would love to watch Pelosi give up her gavel and her huge airplane. I also believe in a balance of power, not one party rule. It is time for the Dems to start packing, I would even help Pelosi pack.

    July 13, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Gee

    Wow, still blaming Bush.....if it wasn't for that worn out excuse, the democrats would have nothing to say at all....

    July 13, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. ja

    based on slanted polls and opinions, Obama shouldn't be president,

    July 13, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Grundoon

    3-peat for the Dems in November! Yeah! Maybe that will get the Tea Baggers over their SORE LOSERISM!

    July 13, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. gt

    spending other peoples money on so many stuid and wasteful ideas is what driving the american people nuts ,that will get you beat no matter what....

    July 13, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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