Wasserman Schultz: We can pick up House seats in 2014

Anne Wernikoff

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) said if Democrats pick up any House seats this fall they can count it as a win, a less bullish view than House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) recent prediction that the party will take back the House.

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"I've said all along that I think we have a really good chance to pick up seats. That's been my consistent position and I've become more and more convinced of that traveling around the country this election cycle," Wasserman Schultz said at a Thursday breakfast hosted by the center-left group Third Way.

"I think the way it'll be defined here is if we pick up seats, whether we win the majority or not, that's a win. If we lose seats, it's a pretty basic definition — you win, it's a win, you lose, it's a loss," she continued. "The day after the election all of you all will say Democrats came out on top whether or not we'll win the [House] majority back particularly because we're going to hold the United States Senate, there will be more Democratic governors on Nov. 5 than there are today."

Wasserman Schultz's predictions stand in contrast to the much more bullish predictions from Pelosi and more in line with what most nonpartisan observers believe will happen. Almost no one believes it's possible that Democrats will net the 17 seats needed to take back the House and that the real battle is which party makes gains in the lower chamber.

Pelosi said earlier this week that she was "very certain that we will win the 17 seats we need" to win back House control, and suggested that a 25-seat gain was possible.

Wasserman Schultz demurred when asked if Pelosi's bold prediction was out of the realm of the possible.

"My answer sort of stands on its own," she said.