Washington (CNN) – White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has clarified his recent remarks about the possibility that Democrats could lose control of the House of Representatives in this November's midterm elections.
Asked Sunday during an NBC interview whether the Democratic majority in the House was in jeopardy, Gibbs acknowledged what many observers see as a political reality four months before Election Day.
"I think there is no doubt there are a lot of seats that will be up, a lot of contested seats," Gibbs told NBC. "I think people are going to have a choice to make in the fall, but I think there's no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control. There's no doubt about that."
The Obama aide's comments caused a firestorm, with Republicans seizing on the remarks to bolster their standing as they focus on the midterms and with leading Democrats openly disagreeing with Gibbs.
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Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Gibbs explained his remarks.
"I think I said that there are enough seats in play and I think that's true," Gibbs said when asked whether he regretted saying Democrats might lose the House.
He added, "I think we'll retain the House. I was asked if there's enough seats in play and I think there are."
To achieve a majority in the House, Republicans need to pick up 39 seats in November's elections.
–CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.