White House press secretary Jay Carney predicted that Democrats would keep control of the Senate in 2014, even as many progressives express concerns that Republicans are poised to win back the upper chamber.
“The Democratic Party is not going to lose control of the Senate, in our view,” Carney said when pressed repeatedly about how President Obama would influence congressional races this fall.
Vulnerable Democrats fear that the botched rollout of Obamacare and the economy’s slow recovery will hurt their midterm hopes — and some are keeping their distance from the president.
Republicans need a net gain of six Senate seats to take control of the upper chamber. Democrats are now also openly conceding that the House is likely to remain in GOP hands.
Carney said Obama’s main focus was on pushing his agenda in Washington, and that those efforts would boost his party’s candidates.
“I can tell you that the president is obviously going to engage and do everything he can to assist Democrats running in 2014,” said Carney.
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