By Bob Cusack
Steele said, "We're going to see, I think, nice pickups in the House," but added it is difficult to provide a number because it is still early in the 2010 cycle.
Other Republicans, including House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) and House Chief Deputy Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), have expressed more optimism about the chances the GOP will retake the lower chamber this year.
Hannity urged Steele on Monday night to draft a new Contract with America before the November elections.
Steele did not completely commit to a new contract, but said, "I think you're going to a see a definitive document with clear definitions of who we are."