Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele backed off his suggestion on Tuesday that Republicans can't win back control of Congress this fall.

"I gave, I think, an honest analysis of the situation," Steele said during an interview on MSNBC. "I agree with the NRCC and the NRSC and others around in the party who believe that we have real shots this November, and I'm playing to win as well."

When asked Steele during an interview on Fox News on Monday whether the GOP could take back Congress, the party chairman conceded, "Not this year."

That gaffe ignited some dyspepsia among Republicans, who have been hopeful of their chances in the 2010 midterm elections, and have cashed in on a sense of momentum heading into the election year.

"Yes, we can," Steele said on Tuesday when pressed on whether the GOP will win back the House, before adding: "I think we can."