September 12th, 2010
10:50 AM ET
4 years ago

House Democratic leader confident in party's chances

 House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer expressed confidence Sunday in Democratic congressional candidates.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer expressed confidence Sunday in Democratic congressional candidates.

(CNN) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Sunday expressed his confidence in congressional Democrats’ ability to maintain their majority in the House of Representatives, but conceded his party will “probably” lose seats.

“We’re going to hold the House,” Hoyer repeatedly told CNN’s Candy Crowley on "State of the Union."

“Our candidates are feeling good,” Hoyer added.

The two leading non-partisan political handicappers, Stuart Rothenberg and Charlie Cook, both predict massive Republican gains in the House this November. The Rothenberg Political Report upped its prediction on Tuesday to 37 to 42 additional seats for Republicans and said that gains of 45 to 55 seats are possible. The Cook Political Report predicts GOP gains of at least 40 seats. Republicans must gain 39 seats in the House to retake the majority.

Hoyer said his party may have to abandon some of its candidates if they fall too far behind and stand no chance of winning election.

“If there are candidates that are very substantially behind and can’t make it, clearly we will have to make some tough judgments,” Hoyer said.


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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. XYZ005

    Throughout the last 30 years Republicans destroyed the middle class union jobs by breaking unions and allowing and encouraging good middle class jobs to go to China, India, Korea and Eastern Europe. This was their strategy to stop inflation they told us. After you adjust middle class salaries for inflation that works like a tax, we make less salary today then before Reagan’s republican’s strategy – while workers’ salaries in China and India increased by 1000’s %. But Republican corporate partners didn’t have to worry though; they also fixed the laws so that corporations can set up international subsidiaries in those countries and reduced their tax rates to 10%. So big business still had huge increases in their profits while the middle class lives from paycheck to paycheck – thanks for nothing John Boehner.

    September 12, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. cardog

    I simply must respond to Paul...If you believe that the Democrats are socialist and it was their policies that create the mess we all find ourselves in, then you sir need to join the Communist Party so that your conspiratorial mind can wallow to your hearts content.

    I have now identified you as one of the few ditto heads out there that believes your government is the enemy. I would bet you are one of the idiots that either did or would carry an automatic weapon to Washington, because you believe in the Sharon Angle 2nd Amendment solution.

    You people make me want to vomit.....

    September 12, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. jemcgloin

    Oh and for those of you that blame Obama for the bank bail out: The Tarp legislation was written by Bush's treasury secratary, It was edorsed by MCCain and Palin, 'speaker' Beohner and 'majority leader' McConnel voted for it, and Bush signed it into law.
    And if you forgot why, it's because at the time no one new how far the economy would fall because the news was only getting worse every day.

    September 12, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. XYZ005

    Republicans have been missing in action on the war on unemployment, the war on the erosion of our pension plans and the war on economic erosion in the USA. To accomplish these goals they have done a masterful job in trying to bring the government to a halt by just saying No to every plan of action, while they sit on their asses collecting their salary. That must have taken all the skill and brain-power they have

    September 12, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. XYZ005

    Republicans have absolutely nothing to offer; other than more tax cuts for the wealthy – which don’t need it and won’t do anything for the economy. What will help the economy at this time are incentives for small business to hire and increase investment – an idea shared by economist and smart Americans – except by the party of “No” – the Tea parting Republicans.

    September 12, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. XYZ005

    We don’t have to wait for the election to know what republicans will do once elected – they will take all new healthcare rights away by creating Republicare, that will hurt especially single women and their children. They will stop states’ rights to require insurance companies to justify ridiculous price increases. They want to change the law to allow insurance companies to limit our coverage as soon we are sick. They want to allow insurance companies to throw your kids off your insurance plan even though you can afford to keep paying until they are 26 years old. They want to stop the law that will allow more competition with state sponsored insurance pool so their major insurance corporate republican sponsors can keep their monopoly and control over our health.

    September 12, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Kevin

    XYZ005 is really Dennis Kucinich but is afraid to reveal himself.

    September 12, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. T

    It's funny how none of the conservatives that post comments here ever respond to the statements about how the Republicans caused our economic depression. That's because it's 100% true and the truth never helps the conservative agenda.

    September 12, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. X

    If the GOP is elected again..maybe that's what it's finally going to take for them to wind up being what they hate the most, the poor and the middle class. Most people I know have all ready lost their health care, and jobs and retirement..they have nothing left to give...it's time they should suffer just as we have. They will never realize how much of a failure their policies truly are until they experience it. It's time to enforce regulation to level the playing field....most of them would be destitute now if it wasn't for their 'socialism'...but that just went away. So put them back in power, when they go belly up I'll have a smile on my face.

    September 12, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. XYZ005

    Mr. Boehner, otherwise know as Kevin – I am not Dennis Kucinich, or any other politician.

    September 12, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. DUKE

    The Republicans and their Minions keep talking about a landslide victory in November hoping they can suppress the vote. I mean if your team is going to lose why go see the game (vote)

    September 12, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. jemcgloin

    Hey Einstein, Supply Side Economics destroyed the fabric of the economy. Demand drives the economy. Businesses invest in areas where they think there will demand.
    Right now businesses are sitting on 1.8 trillion in cash, and the persanal savings rate has gone from 0 to 6%. If businesses were really worried about the expiring tax cuts, they would invest more because investments are tax dectible.

    September 12, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. jemcgloin

    Republicans won't create republicare. They had 12 years to create republicare, and did nothing while healthcare was rising 12% per year, and people who payed premiums for years got dropped when they got sick, and small businesses premiums were cranked when one employee got really sick. The Republicans only have four solutions for every problem: Cut taxes for the rich, deregulate every industry, bring home the pork, and start a war.

    September 12, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. DUKE

    Smalll businesses have recieved 8 tax cuts in the last 18 months
    the Bush tax Cuts are still in effect
    our taxes are the lowest they have been in 50 years
    WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

    September 12, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. Onion67

    The unions ruined the country....Everyone can't drive BMW's I don't but I don't need a union either. People in the unions make 3 or 4 times as much as a non union worker....and they don't produce 3 or 4 times as much work..probably less

    September 12, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Fed Up

    I'm glad his "candidates are feeling good." Why wouldn't they? They have jobs with free health care for the rest of their lives, plus the same paycheck for the rest of their lives (whether they ever get off the couch again, or not). How nice for them. Get rid of all of them! Start fresh and vote the next bunch out too!

    September 12, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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