White House spokesman says Dems will keep House majority in mid-term elections

09:31, July 14, 2010      

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White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs on Tuesday said the Democrats will keep their majority in the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections in November, contradicting an earlier assessment from himself that Republicans might take over.

Gibbs made the statement in the regular briefing session in the White House, saying he is confident that "we'll retain the House," which has 435 seats, all of which are up for grabs in the November elections.

On Sunday, Gibbs said on NBC's Meet the Press that he thinks " there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control. There's no doubt about that." The comment wasn't exactly well received in the Capitol Hill.

Commenting on the pessimistic assessment, Gibbs said he was " asked if there were enough seats in play, and I think there are."

The Democrats now control both the House and the Senate. According to a new poll released on Tuesday, public confidence in U.S. President Barack Obama has hit a new low, with 6 in 10 Americans lacking faith in the president four months before the mid-term elections. The poll also suggested a slim majority of all voters prefer Republican control of Congress so that the legislative branch would act as a check on the president's policies.

Source: Xinhua


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