White House spokesman sees Democrats retain control of both houses
U.S. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Sunday that Democrats will keep majority in both houses of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections, Xinhua reported.
Recent polls suggest that Republicans have a good chance of regaining control of the House of Representatives and adding seats in the Senate, if not gaining majority. And those advantages enjoyed by Republicans were attributed to a more energized Republican base, the so-called "enthusiasm gap."
"I think right now, you see an electorate by Democrats that is actually more engaged," Gibbs said on the NBC program "Meet the Press." "There's an excitement about what this president is trying to do. There's an energy around it. And we're seeing that in shrinking generic congressional ballots, and we're seeing that in a shrinking enthusiasm gap."
"I think our candidates have done a remarkably good job in a tough political environment. And I think that come election night, we'll retain control of both the House and the Senate," said Gibbs.
This remark represents a reversal from his assessment of the situation in July, when he said Republicans might take control of the House.
With respect to the administration's domestic policy agenda in the next two years, Gibbs said Obama will focus on reviving the economy while continue pushing for education reform and make sure that healthcare and financial regulation reforms are properly implemented.
But he did not mention some more controversial legislative initiatives such as immigration reform and energy reform, which will undoubtedly become more difficult if Republicans take control of one or both houses.