Hoyer, Gibbs Disagree on House Vulnerability

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Tuesday that Democrats are not in danger of losing control of the House of Representatives this November, despite comments from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs that there are enough vulnerable seats to enable a switch.

Gibbs told NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that there is “no doubt there are enough seats at play that could cause Republicans to gain control (of the House).”

Hoyer suggested that Gibbs is only about half right.

“Do I think he’s right in that there are enough seats in play? Probably close,” Hoyer said, “The fact that they’re in play does not mean by any stretch of the imagination that I think we’re going to lose the House.”

Hoyer’s comments come in the wake of a new Washington Post/ABC News poll that shows that registered voters say by an eight-point margin that they’d prefer to see the Republicans take control of Congress. Hoyer noted that Americans are angry about the nation’s struggling economy, but warned that this frustration should not be used to return to the “failed policies” of the Republican Party.