Hoyer predicts Democrats win back House if economic upswing continues
March 8th, 2012
04:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Hoyer predicts Democrats win back House if economic upswing continues

Washington (CNN) – The No. 2 House Democrat predicted Thursday that, if the economy continues to improve, Democrats will win control of the House of Representatives in November.

"I think our chances are reasonably good that we can take back the House, and if the economy continues to perform as it's been performing, I think we will take back the House," House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, told reporters in his Capitol Hill office.

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The Maryland Democrat argued that out of the 76 Congressional districts that House Democrats are focused on this November, "no less than 50 of these districts are really solid opportunities for us."

Democrats need to pick up 25 House seats to regain the majority in the House.

Hoyer cited a divided Republican Party - both in Congress and in the GOP 2012 presidential nominating process - as factors that position Democrats well in the fall election.

More than any other issue Hoyer said the economy will be what voters focus on in November, "If it's better we'll do better, if its worse it will affect us."

But the top-level House Democrat said his party learned a lesson from the last election when voters were unhappy they didn't focus enough on the issue and tossed them out of the majority. This time around he believes Democrats will be helped by the president being at the top of the ticket and traveling the country talking about his efforts to boost the recovery.

While Hoyer acknowledged that the backlash to the health care debate was a liability for Democrats in 2010, he argued that it will actually help the party this fall as seniors see lower drug prices, and younger Americans who aren't employed become eligible for health care coverage.

In addition, Hoyer said the tea party won't play the same role it did in the last election, when it helped elect GOP candidates. He cited his own race two years ago when he faced a tea party-backed candidate, who drew sizeable support because of his (Hoyer's) support of the health care bill. But after a couple of years of GOP control of the House that has seen fights over spending and few legislative accomplishments, the Democratic leader believes those activists may be less energized.

"The tea party is probably saying 'geez this isn't working,'" Hoyer said of Republican control in the House.

As the battle among Republicans for the presidential nomination continues to play out, the House Democratic Whip said the attacks on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will help Democrats.

"Where Romney I think has been wounded over the last six months I think Obama has been strengthened over the last six months," Hoyer noted.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. rogerk

    The republican money (even wiith the help of a foul supreme
    court) won't pull it off this time. Their obstructionism and lack of empathy for the
    middle class is abundantly obvious.

    March 8, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    So this means the GOP in Congress is going to try harder to destroy that economy, based on what we've seen over the last 3 years. Lovely.

    March 8, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    "The tea party is probably saying 'geez this isn't working,'" Hoyer said of Republican control in the House.
    __________________________________________________________________________________________
    No, actually they are proud of the fine job being done by Speaker Boehner and the other House Republicans who have finally shown that elected officials can do what they were elected for. Does Hoyer forget Speaker Boehner's victory getting $2 trillion spending cuts tied to Obama's requirement to raise the debt ceiling? Or the $100 billion cut from Obama's original 2011 federal government budget? I am proud of the House Republicans and see their performance bringing Republican control of the Senate and a Republican Administration in 2012. Proof we can do better. We did.

    March 8, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. Drew

    @Obama victim
    Are you really stupid enough to realize that while important, gas prices and the national debt are not the only things that determine the health of the economy?

    March 8, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Marine1957

    More huffing and puffing from the leftm but it won't move the dial – which still points to the right. No matter how much road apple polishing Steny does, he will still be #2 to Crazy Nancy.

    March 8, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. Stephen in VA

    2012 Republican Mantra as seen by Independents: "While we didn't really mean 'jobs, jobs, jobs' in 2010, we feel bad about the deception back then, and we really do mean that now. Or at least we will as soon as we get done worrying about women's uteruses and birth control and how much we really, really want to build a fence along the southern border of Arizona. Trust us. This time. Really."

    March 8, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. Hope he's right ...

    God knows we need to wrest power from the GOPs since they're using it so irresponsibly. But it is going to be a hard, uphill battle for the presidency & Congress and we Dems shouldn't count our chickens too early – the GOP oligarchs have no limits to the money they can spend & are pulling out all the stops to seize power & cement laws in place now before their aging all-white demographic makes it impossible.

    March 8, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. joe

    Funny how republicans always say how partisan and meaningless the cbo is yet if they say something against Obama they immediately cling to it like gospel

    March 8, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. Jen06

    What recovery upswing? Didn't he get the memo that unemployment went up to 9.1?

    March 8, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. ks cowboy

    People who think the libs democrates will do anything to help this country you are all fools . All they know how to do spend money this country don't have and make people relied on govenment to take care of them.

    March 8, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. roadwarrior

    keep dreaming its never going to happen

    March 8, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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