Published April 18, 2010
Don't call it a comeback. At least that's what former President Clinton is saying about anticipated Republican gains in the November elections.
Despite growing discontent among conservatives, the former president told ABC's "This Week" that he doesn't think Republicans will be able to pull off the kind of congressional takeover they engineered under his watch in 1994.
"I don't think they will win either house, no. If history is any guide, they should make a few gains, but I don't expect them to win in either house," Clinton said.
Clinton likened the political atmosphere in the country to the mood after he signed his economic plan into law, but predicted the backlash would not be as severe.
"I think the dissent is just as intense, if not more intense, but I think the outcome of the election is likely to be far less dramatic than it was in '94," Clinton said.
The two-term Democratic president suggested the discontent is due in part to a lack of understanding about the benefits of the recently signed health care law, which he compared to discontent over his economic plan.
"That bill was responsible for taking us more than 90 percent of the way to a balanced budget, but people didn't realize its benefits. I think the same thing is happening now with the health care bill, where people are still reading into it all manner of dark things, and they haven't felt the benefits of it yet," he said.
Fox News' Autria Thuman contributed to this report.