September 12th, 2010
10:50 AM ET
11 years ago

House Democratic leader confident in party's chances

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer expressed confidence Sunday in Democratic congressional candidates."](CNN) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Sunday expressed his confidence in congressional Democrats’ ability to maintain their majority in the House of Representatives, but conceded his party will “probably” lose seats.

“We’re going to hold the House,” Hoyer repeatedly told CNN’s Candy Crowley on "State of the Union."

“Our candidates are feeling good,” Hoyer added.

The two leading non-partisan political handicappers, Stuart Rothenberg and Charlie Cook, both predict massive Republican gains in the House this November. The Rothenberg Political Report upped its prediction on Tuesday to 37 to 42 additional seats for Republicans and said that gains of 45 to 55 seats are possible. The Cook Political Report predicts GOP gains of at least 40 seats. Republicans must gain 39 seats in the House to retake the majority.

Hoyer said his party may have to abandon some of its candidates if they fall too far behind and stand no chance of winning election.

“If there are candidates that are very substantially behind and can’t make it, clearly we will have to make some tough judgments,” Hoyer said.

Filed under: 2010 • House Democrats • House of Representatives • Steny Hoyer
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Snow

    hoyer is the water carrier for pelosi and will say whatever they tell him to say, even though he is smart enough to realize his party is going down into the septic tank.

    September 12, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. EJ

    What rock is this man hiding under.Once again another idiot that does not listen to voters.Hope and change what a big joke.

    September 12, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Billy/Bob117

    “Our candidates are feeling good,” Hoyer added.
    Is that why the dems are running from and hiding from King Louie Obama? Is that why the dems are avoiding Town Hall gatherings? Is that why the dems are not talking about all of the programs that the non citizen wanted, that they handed to him? Is that why Congress led by the dems has a wonderful 22% approval rate?--and that may be too high-what are the dems running on--oh yes, they keep bashing GWB. The dems are really really desperate.--and the dems created the largest debt in the history of this country--
    Yes, the dem candidates are felling good--Not!!!!!

    September 12, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Jim

    The polls say otherwise Steny.

    September 12, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Anonymous

    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer :

    “If there are candidates that are very substantially behind and can’t make it, clearly we will have to make some tough judgments,” doing all we can to save Pelosis head and Reid's seat, andof course my seat.

    The Dems will eat their young in order to stay in power and dirve this country into another recession

    September 12, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Anonymous

    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is a remarkable politician to be able to lie through teeth while looking into the camera without blinking

    September 12, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Al Einstein

    I am fine if Stenny Hoyer truly believes this although we all know he is just carrying a rapidly extinguishing rorch for the demo party. Obama and his demos of change have accomplishing their mission-they are destroying the very fabric of our country. They are gone in January 2011 and Obama ios gone in January 2013. Almost time to move out ninny Nancy and Hopeless Harry. You've proved that you're incompetent and now its tme to say bye bye. Lets just hope the republicans have a plan that gets us out of this mess Obama and his criminal cohorts created.

    September 12, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Trythefacts

    My, my, just more proof about the lies of the followers of Obama . . . I guess they will continue to follow the lack of leadership.

    September 12, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Wallace

    It will be funny to go back and watch Hoyer's comments and other Dems like him when the Dems lose 50+ seats in the house and 11 in the Senate.

    It will come back to haunt him. The reality is that B.O. ran as a post partisan centrist who was going to be transparent and put everything on CSPAN for the world to watch.

    Of course nothing was farther from the truth. America has tried B.O.'s American Socialism Experiment and they do not like it, and will now elect Republicans to keep him in check

    September 12, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Keith in Austin

    Dream on Sherlock!

    September 12, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Republicans aren't going to do nothing but bring us down again..

    September 12, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. ben

    Even if they lose, once the Republicans seize power the American people will be reminded that the Repubs got us into this mess and don't care about the little guy and then be voted right back out again.

    September 12, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. La Piovra

    If the Democrats can't keep Congressman Hare's seat, they will suffer from a receding Hareline.

    September 12, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Dave

    What do you expect him to say? If you had to face Pelosi tomorrow; you would say what ever pleases her. Even if it is fanasty.

    September 12, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Amusing.......and totally unrealistic.

    The Dems are in self-denial over their failures.

    September 12, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. jemcgloin

    "Speaker" Beohner just admitted on Face the Nation that 3% of small businesses make 50% of all small business income. This 3% can afford to invest a little in the US infrastructure that made them so wealthy. Extending the tax cut that Republicans voted to end this year (9 years ago), will not result in private investment, because contrary to the theories of supply side economics, businesses are sitting on 1.8 billion in cash because there is no DEMAND for their products.

    September 12, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. MM

    I hope the American people remember that it was the Republicans that got us into the mess we are in, in the first place.

    September 12, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. jemcgloin

    Republicans keep trying to blame the Democrats for the crash in the economy. Bush was president for the first year of the crash. If you want to look at congress, except for one term in the senate, the Republicans controlled congress 12 years from '95 to '07, and when
    the democrats came in Jan '07, and tried to save the economy, but the Republcans filibustered and Bush vetoed everything. So it was Republicans policies, namely deregulation of the banking industry, that made the economy so fragile.

    September 12, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Paul

    Dem-O-Rats are DOA Nov 2.

    This Socialist Bums are gone in The House and Senate.

    They have had both houses since 2006, they created thjis mess........

    Wake up.................

    Were are in a Depression, the Gov. is lying to all of you. The MSM is there Mouth Piece.

    September 12, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. slag

    I would like to take this opportunity to compliment the Democrats. In just over 18 months they have accomplished turning America against them when it took the GOP a full 8 years to achieve the same thing. Job well done!

    September 12, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. Cam

    There is no doubt that the Democrats will retain all their seats and possibly gaining few in both Houses. I am not sure why the Republicans are dancing and assuming they will win extra seats.... no, no, and no. I do not want to engage in another war and do not want to damage the economic and social progress we have achieved so far. Electing Republicans means another big uncertainty in all directions. As an independent, I will never think of voting Republican until we social and economic capitals improve.

    September 12, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Terry

    It's past time to return control of the house and senate to the GOP. What this country needs is another war or two we can finance with Chinese money to line of the pockets of the former Blackwater Corp. and a financial meltdown to further erode the value of our 401K's and IRA's. And, now that they've learned to take the terror threat seriously I doubt we'd suffer another 9/11 type attack so everything should be just great.

    September 12, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. jemcgloin

    Republicans are the party of personal responsibility until they screw up. They started a war over nonexistant WMD that resulted in 40,000 dead or wounded Americans (and cost at least as much as the money Oboma spent IN AMERICA) but want credit for the surge. They deregulated the banking industry so much that when the mortgage bubble popped it caused the whole financial system to grind to a halt (which didn'nt happen when the savings and loans collapsed). They got rid of pay go and grew the use of earmarks exponentionaly.
    Stop blaming the Democrats and take responsiblilty for your actions and your Bush.

    September 12, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. XYZ005

    Before you vote republican you should have a little conversation with your parents and grandparents about the Reagan legacy that republicans live by till today. How they destroyed the middle class dreams and future by hiding their strategy behind destroying middle class unions. All happening since 1980 to today

    September 12, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Mike from Atlanta

    Folks, this is what "denial" looks like. Like most of the career politicians, Democrat and Republican, Stoyer has no idea what is going on in the real world. On November 2 we are going to have an insurrection against the federal government of the United States. That insurrection will be confined to the ballot box. Like Bob Dylan once said, "The times they are a-changin' ".

    September 12, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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