House Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicted on Friday that Democrats would retain control of the House in 2022 despite projections of a GOP takeover.
“I am very confident that we will win the House,” Pelosi said Friday during his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.
Pelosi’s comments came in response to reports that even the Democrats’ campaign leader warned that if an election were held now, Republicans would return to the House.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), said at a closed-door lunch last week that the party needed to correct it before 2022 to better promote President Biden’s agenda, otherwise they would lose, Politics paid off.
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Pelosi currently has the slimmest majority with 220 Democrats to 212 Republicans and three vacancies. Republicans are optimistic about winning the House back, and they have history on their side.
The ruling White House party has traditionally lost seats in Congress in the first midterm elections. Former President Barack Obama suffered a self-proclaimed “bombardment” in 2010 after Republicans won a landslide midterm election and recaptured the House just two years after his historic White House victory.
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Pelosi touted the strength of Democratic messages and the authenticity of the individual candidates who helped her party take control of the House in 2018. She suggested Democrats would use tough odds to fuel their campaigning efforts in 2022.
“I always run from behind,” Pelosi said.
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In the meantime, Democrats are looking to better sell their accomplishments so far under the Biden administration, with the Democratic National Committee even launching a new national podcast this week. Pelosi and Biden were both bolstered by a positive employment report on Friday which showed U.S. employers added 943,000 workers to their payrolls and the unemployment rate fell to 5.4%.
Pelosi said the “large number” is “decisive proof that the Biden administration and the Democratic Build Back Better economy are working.”