Robert Gibbs: Dems Could ‘Absolutely’ Lose Senate Majority In 2014

President Barack Obama’s former press secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday that Democrats could “absolutely” lose the Senate to Republicans in the 2014 elections.

Gibbs — who worked for Obama in the Senate and the White House before stepping down in February 2011 — joked on NBC’s “Meet The Press” that he still has “tire tracks from Nancy Pelosi” for saying before the 2010 elections that the House was up for grabs.

The transcript of the exchange is below.

DAVID GREGORY:

Is the Senate in danger?

ROBERT GIBBS:

Definitely.

DAVID GREGORY:

Yeah?

ROBERT GIBBS:

Absolutely –

DAVID GREGORY:

How come Dan Pfeiffer didn’t say that?

ROBERT GIBBS:

Because I did the same thing a few years ago on your show and I still have tire tracks from Nancy Pelosi—(LAUGHTER).

ROBERT GIBBS:

Honestly, you can only go so far in Washington when you’re employed. (LAUGHS) As a consultant, I can say all these things now. But there’s no doubt and if you look at—they’ve got to pick up 6 seats which is not a small number, but what gives them a huge advantage obviously is the states that they’re in as [Steve] Israel mentioned, in Louisiana and in North Carolina and Montana, places that the president didn’t do well.

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