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Cicilline says Democrats have a shot at taking the House

September 20, 2012

Congressman David Cicilline disputes analysts who call it very unlikely that Democrats will regain a majority this November in the House of Representatives.

Cicilline commented during a taping of RIPR’s Political Roundtable (set to air Friday at 5:40 and 7:40 am).

“The reality is we need 24 seats to take control away from the Republican Tea Party caucus that is now leading the House . . . . with Paul Ryan on the [GOP] ticket and a very clear difference of what’s at stake here, I think it’s absolutely possible for Democrats to take back the House.”

Cicilline also joined us for Bonus Q+A, which will air Friday at 6:40 and 8:40 am. (We had Republican Brendan Doherty last week on Roundtable and the Bonus Q+A)

Other highlights:

— About voters who view him with a lingering sense of mistrust because of his October 2010 description of Providence’s “excellent” fiscal condition: “I’ve talked about that for the last year and a half,” he says, while offering his regrets. (His apology tour came in April.)

— Cicilline says he’s talked “over the years” with Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed to express his support for same-sex marriage. He declined to specify when he most recently spoke with her on the issue.

— Asked if he supports any restrictions on abortion, the freshman Democrat says such decisions should be made between a woman, her physician and her own religious tradition. “And I don’t think the government has a right to interfere in that decision at all,” Cicilline adds.

— Cicilline declined to specify anything he’d do differently if he could have a do-over in overseeing the Providence Economic Development Partnership. He defended the partnership as an attempt to aid higher-risk borrowers; HUD and news reports have described a lack of oversight.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mister Guy permalink
    September 21, 2012 6:46 am

    Predicting future control of the U.S. House has always proven to be a frustrating bore to me in the past, but (having said that) Dems have a chance at gaining anywhere from 10 to as many as 32 seats from the GOP this November. While Rep. Cicilline is correct in saying that there’s been a negative backlash against far Right-wing, Tea Party control of the U.S. House, redistricting is unfortunately a big issue in many of this year’s U.S. House races.

    IMHO, the only real hope for Dems of taking back the U.S. House is a blowout by President Obama in November, which is not beyond the realm of possibilities at all. The worst case scenario for Dems is that they fall just slightly short of taking back the U.S. House this fall, and then maybe have a chance at regaining control in any special elections that happen after 2012…should the GOP continue its current level of blatant obstructionism.


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