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Obama 'absolutely' believes Democrats will win back House

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President Obama “absolutely” believes that Democrats will win back the House this year, despite most polls showing that Republicans are nearly certain to retain the lower chamber, the White House said Thursday.

When asked why the president was so confident, White House spokesman Josh Earnest replied, “On issue after issue either a plurality or a majority of Americans side with Democrats.”

“The issues are on the side of Democrats in this election,” Earnest claimed during a briefing with reporters Thursday in California, where Obama is raising money for the Democratic Party.

And the president Thursday made it sound as if Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., would soon return to her former top post in the House.

"Not only did we accomplish a great deal when she was speaker, we are going to accomplish that much more once we get her back in," Obama said at a California luncheon.

However, most political analysts have written off the chances of Democrats taking over the House. Instead, most Democrats are focused on maintaining control of the Senate.

Republicans believe that Obama's sagging approval ratings will help them pick up the six seats needed to win the Senate in November.

And Earnest noted Thursday that Democrats have a bit of an enthusiasm problem.

“The challenge that we face is, as the president has talked about in sometimes colorful terms, is motivating those voters to show up at the polls in the midterm elections,” he said.

“The president is engaged in an effort in making sure that the American people understand that even though the president’s name is not at the top of the ballot, that the stakes of this election are very high,” Earnest added.

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Brian Hughes

White House Correspondent
The Washington Examiner