House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday, Aug. 6, expressed her confidence that her Democratic Party will continue to control the House of Representatives following the 2022 midterms.
At her weekly news conference at the Capitol, Pelosi said, “I’m very confident that we will win the House.”
The speaker responded to reports that the Democrats’ campaign chief Sean Patrick Maloney had warned that the party would lose their majority in the House to the Republicans if midterm elections were held today, Fox News reported.
Maloney, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), reportedly told a closed-door lunch last week that the Democratic Party needs to course-correct ahead of 2022 by doing more to promote President Joe Biden’s agenda or they will lose.
But Pelosi said that “there are several scenarios,” and Maloney offered one of those scenarios, but the speaker argued that “you never [campaign] from the best-case scenario.”
The Democrats hold the slimmest of majorities now with 220 seats in the House, compared to 212 seats from the Republicans, while three seats are vacant.
Traditionally, the party in power in the White House loses seats in Congress during the first midterm election, so the Republicans are also very confident that they will retake the House next year. Currently, the Republicans would need to net five seats to win back the majority.
During the press briefing, Pelosi touted the strength of Democrats’ own connections to their own districts and their messaging on lowering healthcare costs, cleaning up government corruption, and the economy that helped her party win control of the House in 2018. She suggested that Democrats will be using the tough odds to fuel their campaign efforts in 2022.
“I always run from behind,” Pelosi said.