White House: Republicans could win control of House

WASHINGTON, July 11 (BestGrowthStock) – Republicans could win
control of the House of Representatives in U.S. elections in
November, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs acknowledged on
Sunday.

“There is no doubt there are enough seats at play that
could cause Republicans to gain control, there is no doubt
about that,” Gibbs told NBC’s “Meet the Press” talk show when
asked whether the Democrats would maintain their majority in
the House.

All 435 seats in the House are up for grabs in the Nov. 2
election as well as 36 of the 100 seats in the Senate.

President Barack Obama will have a tougher time pushing his
political agenda through Congress if Republicans make big gains
in November and wipe out Democratic majorities in both the
Senate and the House.

In the run-up to the vote, Obama is trying to convince
impatient Americans that his economic policies are working and
that improvements will take time.

“We understand people are frustrated, everybody is
frustrated,” Gibbs said. “Look, the president is frustrated
that we haven’t seen greater recovery efforts, but that doesn’t
stop us from doing what we know is right, instituting the
policies that we know will bring the country back,” he added.

Obama and his fellow Democrats are grappling with a range
of problems and many political analysts see the election as a
national referendum on his policies.

The economy is struggling and unemployment has hovered at
just below 10 percent. The war in Afghanistan is not going
well. And the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has prompted
criticism that Obama’s response was slow, disorganized and too
easy on BP Plc (BP.L: ).

A Gallup poll released on July 7 showed that 38 percent of
independent voters approve of the job Obama is doing, compared
with 81 percent of Democratic voters and only 12 percent of
Republicans. Obama’s overall approval rating is 46 percent.

A year ago, Obama’s approval rating among independents was
56 percent.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton, Editing by Sandra Maler)

White House: Republicans could win control of House