Gibbs: Dems Will Prevail Nov. 2
Says party faithful is getting stoked again
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2010 5:00 PM CDT
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs briefs reporters at the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 4, 2010.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – White House mouthpiece Robert Gibbs officially reversed his July assertion that Democrats could lose the House (here's the firestorm that ensued), today telling Meet the Press that his party's base was waking from its stupor and would retain control of both chambers of Congress. As his boss hit the campaign trail, Gibbs cited a burgeoning "excitement about what this president is trying to do" and a "shrinking enthusiasm gap." Politico has the report.

"I think that campaigns in this cycle are being run on a lot of local issues and issues that are important ... to individual states and individual congressional districts," Gibbs said. "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."