July 13th, 2010
08:25 PM ET
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'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. Jon Krieger

    Just like everyone else in Obummer's administration he is an expert in talking out of both sides of his mouth!I look forward to november!

    July 13, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  2. M. Gonzales

    Mr. Gibbs said "I think we'll retain the House. I was asked if there's enough seats in play and I think there are."
    And in other news I have some Swamp Land for sale and San Fransico has a historic large "Golden" Bridge for sale!

    July 13, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  3. snow

    Whats the matter gibbs, nobummer cannot make up your mind? The demorats will probably lose both houses of congress this year and then we will get rid of that twit occupying the White House in 2012.

    July 13, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  4. Get A Grip

    Seems to me that the kool-aid Gibbs has been passing out to his sheep....he's starting to drink himself.

    July 13, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  5. wakeup2012

    ........live it up Gibbs......November 2012 is a freight train coming in your direction and the American People are in the locomotive........6 out of 10.

    July 13, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  6. Gil

    It would appear that way as the repuglicans fight to win with only their conservative base which is about 30% of the party, as their candidates such as colorado hopeful who says he plagerized his papers, or pathetic Palin who is the biggest bimbo, and the teabuggers who are racist. Who could even think of supporting a party sho only know the word, No and who degregulated Big Business, Big Oil and Wall Street in their attempt to destroy this country? They are the gang of terrorists who we need to stop come November.

    July 13, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. DaBosun

    Gibbs puts his foot in his mouth more than anyone except Biden.

    July 14, 2010 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  8. Ken

    "We will retain the House" says Gibbs <>. Me thinks his first comment was the Freudian truth.

    July 14, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  9. Mike in Texas

    When will these political supremacist get it that the grass roots American people don't look at this as representation by a party?
    We just want representatives that respect and preserve 'Equal Rights', 'Equal Justice', and the preservation of National, State, Community, and Individual sovereignty. We hope to elect representatives from either political sorority that will do this. We don't care which sorority the candidate affiliates with as long as they follow the will of 'We the people' in D.C.

    July 14, 2010 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  10. phoenix86

    Robert Goebbels, I mean Gibbs, is a liar.

    July 14, 2010 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  11. Lindsay

    I think he's dreaming... And apparently has his head in the sand.

    July 14, 2010 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  12. Colorado Liberal

    Yes, let's not reward the GOP this year (or any year) for its worship of big business and its lack of patriotism.

    But Dems, we have our own problems–unemployment (thanks in part to Corporate America), staying "on message," and that lousy oil spill.

    July 14, 2010 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  13. Jim

    Could we focus on real issues instead of the horse race?

    July 14, 2010 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
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