July 13th, 2010
08:25 PM ET
13 years ago

'I think we'll retain the House,' Gibbs says

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.

Related: Hoyer disagrees with Gibbs

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.

Filed under: 2010 • Democrats • Robert Gibbs
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Ben

    More backtracking which is typical of this administration.

    July 13, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. Marc

    What's all this "we" stuff? This is the kind of devisive rhetoric that is having such a negative impact on this country.

    July 13, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. Cindy Lakeland

    Having a conversation in this country has become a JOKE! I am so tired of people twisting every single word that someone says, to the point that what was said is forgotton and what "they" say was said, is all that is heard. (wow what a mouthfull)...LOL

    July 13, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. marxist dogs are out of control

    Unlike Bush and all other modern presidents, Obama has not released his school grades or his complete medical history. His mediocre grades and drug abuse were never given a thorough vetting by CNN and other Democrat party subsidiaries.

    July 13, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. marxist dogs are out of control

    Gibbs reminds us all of Baghdad Bob. A propagandist with no much intelligence, schilling for the dictator, and having his ass kissed by the likes of CNN.

    July 13, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. all of america

    All just demacratic propaganda, typical, lies,lies,lies!

    July 13, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. D.

    Retain? The house? not the White House you won't!!!

    July 13, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. mj

    Sounds like Dorothy from Wizard of Oz .. I think we can, I think we can. For the sake of our Country I hope he is wrong. Obama is bringing us to our knees and enjoying every minute. He, Pelosi, Gibbs, and Reid can go back to wherever they came from. Wake up America!

    July 13, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. haren

    If you can win next election by not supporting any major bill and just say NO because you don't like 20% of the bill.
    Than is it fair if democrats play the same tricks in next senate if they loose the election.
    Looks like we have country where 40% of minority is rulling the country though they lost the election.

    July 13, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. Chuck

    Another obozo loser.....

    July 13, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. Palin Power

    That is wishful thinking. The GOP WILL retake Congress in filibuster proof majorities in 2010 and 2012. Sarah Palin WILL be our next and greatest president in 2012 and lead this great nation for 8 great years. By 2021, the Democratic Party will be extinct. America will be much better off without DEMS running this country to the ground.

    July 13, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. they call me "tater salad"

    I think you will too!

    July 13, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. TonyInLargo

    Jack Cafferty asked if it was right to continue blaming the Republicans for the economic debacle they created. My answer is: yes it is. The debacle can't be taken back, but what's worse is Republicans lying about who created the huge deficit that exists today.

    We need time to recover and we need the right people, Obama and the Democrats, in power to create the environment for recovery. The Republicans, it seems, to a man, demonstrated that the economy was out of control with their policies and did nothing to remedy it, because they continued then, as they do today, to fence their "Tax Cuts for Corporations, Trickle Down Economics, Insensitivity for the Unemployed, Treachery against their Intelligence Agents, Mismanagement in the form of Give Aways to their friends during Natural Disasters, Fraud by Companies associated with their Vice-President in a War situation, hiding of the deficit caused by the latter and lying to go to war. (as published by those leaving the GWB administration early on).

    These are all reasons for not voting for Republicans, period, and it shouldn't have to be that way, except now they obstruct and offer no new alternatives. For me, it's a "no-brainer".

    July 13, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Keith in Austin

    So does anyone put credibility in what the propaganda secretary Robert Gibbs says? If so, you probably believe Barry the Bozo gives a hoot about the middle class. Cya in November!

    July 13, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. Kaymich

    Heck, I voted for Obama, and even I'm wiling to admit that unless there's a drastic turnaround, the Democrats are going to get crushed in November. There doesn't seem to be any way to avoid it.

    July 13, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. one voice

    He's right, we should retain the house or the GOP will continue to destroy our Country. President Obama needs time to clean up the mess left by the Bush/Cheney RESIME.

    July 13, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  17. they call me "tater salad"

    And I also believe the Republicans will lose more than enough seats in the Senate this November to eliminate their power to fillibuster as well. They certainly deserve it, no doubt!

    July 13, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  18. George of the jungle

    Mid terms will be close so all you democrats need to get out and vote or we will be stuck with all these silly birthers and wingnuts being touted by the queen of mean ol palin. Look at all the posting made by the repo party. Do you really want people with their attitude running this country? Scary

    July 13, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    The poor man has got to believe that at least a few people out there are buying his line of BS. Otherwise, how could he get up there behind that podium every day? Give him some room. This is not going to be easy.

    July 13, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  20. USA

    If Republicans gain control of anything...it will be the end of America.
    the last thing this coutry needs is to spend more money on national security, cut taxes to corporations and keep our borders opend.
    let's forget about these idiots and deal with the issues the nation is facing...cut war military spending, help unemployed americans, secure our borders and put our economy back on track.

    July 13, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  21. Lib Hunter

    BWAHAHAHAHA!!! Baghdad Bob Gibbs strikes again Hey Libtards you will definitely lose the house and most likely the Senate also come Nov. America has rejected the radical socialist and chiefs philosophy and will punish all of the Liberal American Al Queda members of Congress. As far as the Golfer and Chief is concerned, he will be lucky not to be impeached before 2012 when he is thrown out of office. LIBERAL PHILOSOPHY=RADICAL= FAIL

    July 13, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  22. thor

    looks like gibbs has adopted the kerry defense .i was for the war till i voted against the war.i think dems will lose the house till i think they will maintain the house. ha! ha! what a hoot................

    July 13, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  23. Bill

    LOL. So let's argue before we vote!! Who gives a cr#p what Gibbs thinks about the election!! He's just a puppet anyway!! CNN, write a real story!!

    July 13, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  24. GDB

    What needs clarifying is the leadership plan in this Country. I am so reminded of Jimmy Carter, smart but to what end? The priority of health care without teeth in cost-reductions in an already down economy is ludicrous. To leave BP in charge of its own disaster likewise. The list goes on, but as an independent that was hopeful of Obama's skills, I see very few & will look to a change in administration. Not to one more conservative, but to one with a clue.

    July 13, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  25. Joseph

    Gibbs was right the first time. Democrats go down in the Hous in November and lose a few seats in the Senate.

    July 13, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
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