Hoyer predicts Democrats positioned to win back the House in 2014
February 10th, 2014
04:39 PM ET
2 months ago

Hoyer predicts Democrats positioned to win back the House in 2014

Washington (CNN) – The second ranking House Democrat predicted his party was in good position to retake control of the House of Representatives in the 2014 midterm election.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer pointed to a fundraising advantage for Democrats, lower poll numbers for congressional Republicans, divisions inside the GOP ranks, and a good recruiting class of Democratic challengers, and said "all of those combined in my view give me great optimism that we're going to win back the House."

Democrats need to pick up 17 seats to regain the majority in the House, and most political handicappers say that with the narrow list of competitive congressional districts the odds are long that they can reach that goal.

In a session with reporters inside his Capitol Hill office on Monday, Hoyer noted that he made a similar prediction in 2006 that House Democrats would win control - one that many dismissed at the time - but he was proven right on election night that year.

When pressed about the President's low approval ratings potentially hurting Democrats' chances, Hoyer pointed to those of House Speaker John Boehner and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, which he noted were significantly lower. He said the focus would be less on the President and more on the candidates in individual districts.

He expected the President would help raise money for both House and Senate Democratic candidates, and would lay out a set of issues that resonate with the public.

Hoyer also anticipated that both former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be "very, very helpful around the country," and noted that Bill Clinton has been active in campaigning for House candidates in the last several election cycles.

Pressed if former President Clinton could help more than President Obama, Hoyer diplomatically answered, "I think they are both helpful in their own way."

Hoyer conceded that Democrats had a greater advantage in the polls last autumn, during the government shutdown, but the problems with the rollout of Obamacare evened things out with Republicans.

House Republicans have made running against Obamacare the centerpiece of their midterm election strategy, but Hoyer said confidently "every month it's going to get better" and said the new health care law "is going to be a positive, not a negative" in the November election.

The National Republican Congressional Committee hit back at Hoyer's remarks.

"If Steny Hoyer got out of the beltway once in a while he'd know that Americans are suffering more and more from the impacts of Obamacare and have zero interest in putting the political party that brought us that law back in total control of Washington," NRCC Press Secretary Daniel Scarpinato said.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Donna

    Poor Stoney Hoyer really should not be visiting Colorado so often.... It is scary that this delusional person holds a high position in the Democrat Party of lies and deceit.

    February 10, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. just asking

    the new health care law "is going to be a positive, not a negative" in the November election.
    --

    i believe nancy pelosi said this very same thing before the 2010 election when the american people threw the democrats out of office en masse. lies that didn't work 4 years ago, lies that won't work this year. obamacare, the gift that just keeps on giving... to the republicans.

    February 10, 2014 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    I've got my fingers crossed Rep. Hoyer. Not because I don't think we can't take back the House, but because the districts are so gerrymandered, it may be impossible to do. Let's see how this debt ceiling issue get's resolved and then we'll have a better picture of November.

    February 10, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. smith

    Sorry Hoyer, not gonna happend. This stalemate will continue on to 2016. Right now people are doing their taxes and are seeing less money on their returns than from theyear before because Obama and the Dems have raised taxes. Factor in the ACA and usual low voter turnout, the GOP keeps the House.

    February 10, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    I have to agree. With the next republican shut down, we may even see the end of Cantor, Gomert, and King.

    February 10, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. The REAL Truth...

    if the GOP shuts down the Federal govt a second time Donna, you may have to move to Colorado to get over the hissy fit that will befall them in 2104 and 2016!

    February 10, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "My kids didn't get to vote on the $10 TRILLION Obama and the Democrats is piling on their backs"

    Except it's not Obama's policies that have been the reason for the vast majority of that increase while he's been in office. The numbers don't lie: it's still Iraq, Afghanistan, the Bush tax cuts, unfunderd Medicare Part D and the recession that are to blame for almost all of that $10M. It's not Obama's nor his policies fault, especially when the GOP/Teatrolls have worked very hard to prevent him from changing any of those policies I just listed. I'm sorry the math is so inconvenient for you. You may now return to your regularly scheduled delusions.

    February 10, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Meh. It's a very uphill battle just based on the gerrymandering. It could happen, but it's just not likely in terms of how the districts have been drawn.

    February 10, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. The Night Democrats got Slaughtered in 2010 Pelosi said this....

    Nancy Pelosi: Early Returns Suggest Dems On Pace To Keep House
    by Glynnis MacNicol | 6:35 pm, November 2nd, 2010

    If this turns out to be an accurate preview it will be a big shocker.
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has just said that early returns
    suggest Dems may be on pace to keep the House.

    “With the early returns and the overwhelming number if Democrats who
    are coming out, we’re on pace to maintain the majority,” she said.

    February 10, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. don in albuquerque

    Bwhahahahaha!!!
    Donna talking about someone being delusional. Now that's entertainment.

    February 10, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. just saying

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?
    but because the districts are so gerrymandered,
    ---

    if all of the democrat gerrymandered districts disappeared, there would be almost no black caucas left in the house. glad to hear you want to get rid of gerrymandering but i don't think the black caucas would like it all that much.

    February 10, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. anonymous

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?
    Remember those unpaid Bush tax cuts which were supposed to create jobs? Oh how soon we forget.
    ---

    What exactly is "an unpaid Bush tax cut"??? A tax is a TAKING of money that somebody else earned. A tax cut is the taking of LESS of OUR money by the government. The only thing "unpaid" about taxes is the taxpayer whose pocket is far emptier thanks to the government. Your language is gibberish.

    BTW, I guess you missed the 50 consecutive months of low unemployement and booming economy under Bush? It was doing great right up until Democrats took control of both houses of Congress. 7 years later under Democrat incompetence, the economy is still in the tank.

    February 10, 2014 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Silence DoGood

    @smith
    Sorry Hoyer, not gonna happend. This stalemate will continue on to 2016. Right now people are doing their taxes and are seeing less money on their returns than from theyear before because Obama and the Dems have raised taxes. Factor in the ACA and usual low voter turnout, the GOP keeps the House.
    -----------–
    You make a good point about low voter turn out. It tends to favor conservatives. This is mechanism that the GOP is counting on with gerrymandering, ID cards, anything to slow folks down. Dems, tell your friends to get and vote in all elections! The people need to be heard.

    February 10, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. smith

    @Dutch- It's not gerrymandered districts. The fact is if the dems could get the folks who vote when the potus is up for grabs to vote when the mid-terms were in play the dems would win the house.

    February 10, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "The only thing "unpaid" about taxes is the taxpayer whose pocket is far emptier thanks to the government. Your language is gibberish."

    Name me the most financially responsible person or company you know and tell me with a straight face that they would voluntarily drop their income below their expenses BEFORE dropping their expenses. Ready? Go!

    February 10, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. smith

    @Silence-We agree on low voter turnout. However, I see the problem being a lack of excitment concerning the mid-terms. I see it like the college football bowl season, the little bowls are fun but nothing compared to the Rose, Sugar, and other big bowl games.

    February 10, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. Tony D

    I think Steny Hoyer is holding up that finger to order another drink. It is the only explanation for this drunken talk. I hope he isn't driving.

    February 10, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. yolanda

    I didn't realize that gerrymandering was the exclusive tool of the Republicans. Last time I checked it was (mis)used by both parties.And @Sniffit, it might be time to allocate a bit of that Afghanistan expense to Obama,,,,can you say "surge"? I appreciate that all things wrong in this world are solely due to the evil Rethugs/Teatrolls (in your mature vernacular), but hey, maybe you can pony up and buy the occasional "mea culpa" for your savior Obama, or will there be an additional tax imposed for that?

    February 10, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Ron L

    I believe that if the Democrats stand up for what they believe in and not be intimidated by all the money the Republicans will get from extremely wealthy people who don't want changes in the tax laws etc. They have a very serious chance to when back the House regardless of what many pundits say. Who do they do it:
    1) Beginning in August they need to get a very aggressive GET OUT to VOTE CAMPAIGN. Don't tell the people to vote democrat just tell them they need to vote, get involved. If they don't like the way things are VOTE and make a change.
    2) Constantly push for the raising of the minimum wage to $10.10 and explain that it is just adjusting it to inflation.
    3) Explain they are the party that believes women should get equal pay for equal work.
    4) Clearly identify that while Democratic are pro-choice they also would prefer that no abortion should occur. That is way they firmly believe in contraceptives being available at no cost to women.
    5) Explain and show that the are the party that wants to make it EASIER to vote and shoe how the Republicans are the exact opposite.
    6) Constantly bring up the parties support of comprehensive immigration reform.
    7) Remind average American how the tax codes favor the rich in almost obscene ways and the republicans talk about "wanting" to change it, but have yet to bring forth a bill that addresses it singularly.
    I could go on but you get my point. While the roll out of Obamacare was horrendous, by September of this year it will be much better. Democrats have to embrace the positive changes it is bringing and don't be intimidated by the distortions shown in many political ads. Develop and delivery counter punches to the lies, don't run away from the topic. In 10 years it will develop into one of the best things to ever happen to the country. EMBRACE IT, OWN IT, PROMOTE IT....

    February 10, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. smith

    @Tony D-Nice observation..lol. Now I can't look at his picture without laughing.

    February 10, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. tom l

    @Yolanda,

    I didn't realize that gerrymandering was the exclusive tool of the Republicans. Last time I checked it was (mis)used by both parties.And @Sniffit, it might be time to allocate a bit of that Afghanistan expense to Obama,,,,can you say "surge"? I appreciate that all things wrong in this world are solely due to the evil Rethugs/Teatrolls (in your mature vernacular), but hey, maybe you can pony up and buy the occasional "mea culpa" for your savior Obama, or will there be an additional tax imposed for that?

    ======

    Another awesome comment. You should read the comments from Rudy, the Real TP, Dutch and Sniffit the Ducker after I asked them about an article I read where the US might order a drone strike on an American overseas who has been accused of plotting with Al Qaida. Let me give you a clue: with Obama as president they're perfectly comfortable striking and killing. Who needs due process?

    February 10, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    That's known as self delusion.

    February 10, 2014 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. tom l

    @Yolanda,

    I just don't think you can stand seeing a....well, you know ;)

    February 10, 2014 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  24. scott

    As Aerosmith sings Dream ON. Actually the Repubs will retain control of House and are in a good position to retake the Senate. Dems are defending more seats and Obama Care is dragging them down.

    February 10, 2014 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. Bill Mitchell

    So the Party that single-handedly gave us Obamacare is going to win back the House? Lol, seriously? What are they going to run on, the joys of "free-agency" (their new word for unemployment)?

    They will lose seats in the House and lose the Senate too.

    February 10, 2014 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
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