DNC chair on whether Democrats will win back House
February 24th, 2014
08:52 AM ET
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DNC chair on whether Democrats will win back House

Washington (CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says her party will gain seats in the House of Representatives in this year's midterm elections.

But the congresswoman from Florida wouldn't go as far as others in her party have in predicting that the Democrats will win back control of the House come November.

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Asked Monday by CNN anchor Kate Bolduan on "New Day" about the Democrats' chances to retake the chamber, the DNC chairwoman said, "I think we have tremendous opportunities across the country. I think we're going to pick up seats."

Democrats need to pick up 17 seats from the Republicans to regain the majority in the House, and with the shrinking number of competitive congressional districts most political handicappers say its unlikely the Democrats will recapture the chamber. And political observers see the recent retirement announcements of a handful of longtime Democratic representatives who would become chairs of powerful committees if their party retook the majority as a sign of the unlikely prospects of such a Democratic victory.

But earlier this month the second-ranking House Democrat predicted his party was in good position to take backĀ  the House.

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.

"All of those combined in my view give me great optimism that we're going to win back the House."

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this story

Filed under: 2014 • Debbie Wasserman Schultz • House • House Democrats • Steny Hoyer
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Looking at the GOP INCOMPETENCE and OBSTUCTION of EVERYTHING that could help the economy and the American people for the LAST SIX YEARS , why would ANYBODY , even republicans VOTE for this GOP TRASH .the GOP runing AGAINEST healthcare as their ONLY ISSUE is a LOSING one trick piney agenda . We will show the GOP in November that they really are the party of STUPID!!!!

    February 24, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Straight democratic ticket you vote this time....GOP is so nonsense, the most horrible in centuries.

    February 24, 2014 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    If Democrats campaign on raising the minimum wage, then that will be a winning issue. The CBO report has been severely distorted by Republicans. The report was noteworthy for its' vagueness. The report predicted the possibility workers leaving the workforce, not jobs being eliminated as has been mischaracterized by Republicans. Show the report's *exact wroding- to the public, and expose the Republican mischaracterizations of it.

    February 24, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. Hector Slagg

    If the Liberal's and Democrats would realise that most of the people are capable of taking care of them selves it wouldn't matter who was elected. Most things the Federal Government is doing belongs in the States where it is Constitutional. The main job of the congress, in the domestic sector in the confines of the Constitution is to make the laws as fair as possible. Congress has no business in the Welfare Business or the Medical Business, or in most cases collecting and disbursing money. That needs to be returned to the states.

    February 24, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. rs

    The Democrats need to run on their record, and the record of Republicans from the last Congress. Let's face it, the GOP actually worked against the benefit of the vast majority of Americans. At the very least they can be described as being "do-nothings". The reality is they were far, far worse. Treasonous, even in some light.
    If Democrats are smart about branding and what the GOP really is, they can win.

    February 24, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    If you want to get ANYTHING DONE they will WIN back the house. Why would even the GOP vote to contine a G op Polocy of doing NOTHING for the next two years??????

    February 24, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. smith

    Not gonna happend. Low voter turnout will keep things just the way they are.

    February 24, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Someone tell her that the "Fifi Perm" is soooooooo 1980's.

    February 24, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. Tampa Tim

    Fairy – You are soooo junior high school.

    February 24, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, their working calendar (113 days in session courtesy of Cantor-R-VA) certainly suggests that they will have plenty of time getting out the vote in their home districts.

    February 24, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. Smitty

    Was a man Schultz is another inept person, like the BIGGEST LIAR OF THE TEAR , all you get is lip service.

    February 24, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. Pete

    At least she's honest something you'll never get out of one republican and readers here know it..Ms.Shultz is being lied about locally in Florida because republicans here don't have really anything negetive about her that sticks with constituents..Better luck next time republicans after midterms if there is another next time...

    February 24, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Tommy G

    This woman is a lunatic. Nancy Pelosi also predicted the Democrats would retain the House in 2010 when they lost a record number of seats and control of the House. Democrats still have not grasped the devastation that Obamacare has done to this country and to millions of people. People know Obama has delayed things to hide further devastation. The ONLY thing that can stop this is the removal of as many Democrats from office as possible in 2014 & 2016.

    February 24, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. salty dog

    Someone doesn't like women in power, green can be such an ugly color.

    February 24, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. Peace

    @ Rudi
    I agree with you that raising the minimum wage can be the issue which will sway a lot of voters come Nov. But there is one thing which is missing at the moment. That is organising people to vote. This coming mid-term election should be taken like it was the General Election 2012 otherwise the work done that time will end up in vain. People need to understand that it was nice to elect and re-elect Pres. Obama, but he needs the gears to implement what he campaigned for, i.e. give him both Chambers to work with and we will all see miracles as it was during his first two years in his first term.

    February 24, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    I think she may be in for a rude awakening.

    February 24, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |