Gibbs: GOP could win control of House

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs (Reuters)

Republicans  could win control of the House of Representatives in elections in November, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs acknowledged on Sunday.

“There is no doubt there are enough seats at play that could cause Republicans to gain control, there is no doubt about that,” Gibbs told NBC’s “Meet the Press” talk show when asked whether the Democrats would maintain their majority in the House.

All 435 seats in the House are up for grabs in the November 2 election as well as 36 of the 100 seats in the Senate.

President Barack Obama will have a tougher time pushing his political agenda through Congress if Republicans make big gains in November and wipe out Democratic majorities in both the Senate and the House.

In the run-up to the vote, Obama is trying to convince impatient Americans that his economic policies are working and that improvements will take time.

“We understand people are frustrated, everybody is frustrated,” Gibbs said. “Look, the president is frustrated that we haven’t seen greater recovery efforts, but that doesn’t stop us from doing what we know is right, instituting the policies that we know will bring the country back,” he added.

Obama and his fellow Democrats are grappling with a range of problems and many political analysts see the election as a national referendum on his policies.

The economy is struggling and unemployment has hovered at just below 10 percent. The war in Afghanistan is not going well. And the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has prompted criticism that Obama’s response was slow, disorganized and too easy on BP Plc.

A Gallup poll released on July 7 showed that 38 percent of independent voters approve of the job Obama is doing, compared with 81 percent of Democratic voters and only 12 percent of Republicans. Obama’s overall approval rating is 46 percent.

A year ago, Obama’s approval rating among independents was 56 percent.

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2 Responses to "Gibbs: GOP could win control of House"

  1. griff  July 12, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Awww…don’t look so glum, Robbie the Robot, you’ll still have your job for another couple years. Unless, of course, you grow a conscience in the meantime and decide that your daily spewing of lies and propaganda is falling on increasingly deaf ears.

    • woody188  July 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm

      I’ve often wondered how lying through your teeth is now considered serving your country. This couldn’t happen in a real free republic. Just our pseudo-free fascist plutocracy racing towards fascist military dictatorship. One can practically count the freedoms remaining on a single hand.

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