September 21st, 2010
01:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Hoyer knocks 'death knell' for Democrats

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday he remains optimistic about Democrats’ chances in November.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday he remains optimistic about Democrats’ chances in November.

Washington (CNN) - After several weeks of news coverage indicating Democrats could be on the verge of losing control of the House of Representatives, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer proclaimed Democrats are a "party on the move," and maintained the more the public learns about what Republicans are proposing, the better Democrats' chances are of keeping their majority.

"No I don't think there's a death knell. I think there's a resurgence of Democrats throughout the country," Hoyer said, responding to a reporter's question about whether recent news stories show a "death knell" for Democrats.

The number two House Democrat mocked news coverage of a generic ballot poll done by Gallup several weeks ago that showed the American people favored Republican candidates over Democratic ones by double digits. He noted that he didn't see the same blaring headlines this week when a the same poll showed the parties were virtually tied.

Although Hoyer's tone was confident about Democrats' chances in November, he admitted that the massive budget deficit is a major issue his party must confront.

"We're going to have to adopt policies and they are going to be tough and we're going to have to look across the board to do that," Hoyer said.

Hoyer also shot down a report that the House would wrap up its work this week and go home early to campaign. He said the House would be in session for at least another week to vote on a must-pass spending measure to fund the government. He said leaders may also schedule votes on some other bills dealing with child nutrition and health problems for those who worked at ground zero after 9/11.

But he conceded that members do want to spend more time in their districts campaigning.

"There's nobody here that doubts that our Members – Republicans and Democrats – would like to be in their districts talking to their constituents," the Maryland Democrat said. "After all, they have to ask them to be re-hired."

The Majority leader sidestepped questions about whether the House would have a vote before the midterm elections on extending the Bush era tax cuts, saying House leaders are waiting to see how the Senate handles the issue. But Hoyer pledged that Democrats won't let tax breaks for middle income earners - those making $250,000 a year or under - expire.

"They should not and will not under our watch receive a tax increase as a result of the Republican policy of phasing out the tax cuts for working Americans," he said.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. SayWhat

    Representative Hoyer, you should be optimistic about the upcoming elections. When it comes time to pull the lever or mark the ballot, most discenring Americans will opt for the one party that is trying to move this country ahead, not the one that is deperately trying to advance its own selfish interests by impeding anything and everything that the Administration and Congress, elected by a majority of Americans is trying to do. I can't wait for all of the demagoguery and disinformation of false patriots to be put to rest.

    September 21, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. dano

    Isn't it strange that the deficit didn't seem to be an issue when Bush and the Republicans were spending hand over fist during the 2000's, but now it's a campaign issue for them to attack Democrats over? Cutting taxes while waging not one but two wars is a sure fire way to destroy the surplusses left for them by the Clinton administration!

    September 21, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. ChumBucket

    Hey Domminican Momma 4 Obuma

    How's that hope and spare change working for ya?

    did he pay your mortgage, or fill your gas tank yet?

    did he let your husband out of jail yet?

    LOL

    September 21, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. NO Tea For Me

    Go ahead and put republicans in charge. Get ready to take care of grandma and grandpa, no medicare or social security.

    September 21, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Laura, Boston

    I see Rep Hoyer has a large supply of kool-aid in the refrigerator...

    Not only are people holding the dems responsible for the last two years under Obama but it was dems who ruled under the last two years of Bush...so I don't really think Rep Hoyer has any idea of the death knell that is coming for the dems.

    September 21, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Snow

    Hoyer got one thing right and that was the demorats are on the move. The moving vans are already being rented to remove the belongings of liberals out of DC back to their home districts or else they will stay in DC to become lobbyists.

    September 21, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Jack

    If only there were a death knell for BOTH parties. That's what this country really needs.

    September 21, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. key

    Vote for your candidate not against mine. Vote for what's been done not sound bits. This administration has done more good for the people than the past administration please wake up people

    September 21, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Jimbo (the real one)

    The GOP is divided and the Tea Party candidates will help only help split the Republican vote. If the Dems can energize their base and get their people to the polls they should retain control of the House and Senate. If they cannot get their supporters excited they will have no one to blame but themselves.

    September 21, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Pres. Obama

    Let's face it. They're screwed.

    September 21, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. Michael in Houston

    its not only the more we hear coming from the republicans but its also who is saying it. We moderates and democrats have an outstanding opportunity to slam the door on the lunacy coming from the right in a few weeks. Its a total circus and freakshow....the republicans, so stretched for anyone within their party who has any sort of voter appeal let alone anything resembling a decent idea to move forward on that they are now down to Palin, Newt, O"Donnell, Rand Paul, and any noodle head within this pathetic tea party as their best and only candidates.

    Its like this my Republican strategist friends.....get your act together and punt these wackos you have stirred up who are seeking their 15 minutes of fame. Pull your party together and bring us a viable intelligent, and capable leader. Consider someone who is actually likeable. We are not interested in you hauling up from your damp cellars the dredge and mold your allowing to stink up the land with. Clear the field of these self righteous, arrogant creeps that are spreading like a cancer. Palin, Beck, O'Donnell, Paul, are systematically demantling your entire party. Start acting like you have a pair.

    September 21, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. one voice

    If the voters on the right would actually "GOOGLE" information for themselves instead of believing the LIES from their sources: FOX NEWS, Right-wing radio and GOP/TEABAGGER representatives, it would be a LANDSLIDE for the Democrats. WAKE UP DUMMIES

    September 21, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. tcaros

    CNN again trying to influence voter sentiment.

    The Democrats have passed some great legislation and Obama is on a surge himself.

    The troops are headed home. The Dems will do well, if we can get the media to stop being Rupert's and Ted Turner's personnel megaphone.

    September 21, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. sonny chapman

    If Independents THINK & vote with their brains instead of with other body parts, Steny is right. It's hard to depend on human beings acting rationally in these times of Fear & Hate.

    September 21, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. ETM

    If people tune into what today's Republicans are like and what they are proposing, both explicitly and implicitly, the Democrats will do much better than expected this November.
    The Democrats are far from perfect but have the advantage of being sane. The Republican party, with its tea party base, is now off the rails and ready to attack Social Security, Medicare and give more and more power to the same corrupt corporations and Wall Street financiers that caused the recession..
    I hope everyone will get out and vote for the Democrats this year, even if you are not entirely happy with them. Most of the Republicans are wackos and do not deserve the votes of rational people.

    September 21, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Bob in PA

    Anywhere a ballot box can still be stuffed, you can be sure a Democrat will be elected.

    September 21, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Clwyd

    I pray he is right so that we aren't brought down because of the unqualified candidates running and the nut case extremism that they proclaim! It reminds me of the brown shirts!

    September 21, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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