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A sit down with Congressional Committee Chair Steve Israel

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Tea Party popularity soared in 2010, carrying the GOP to power in the House of Representatives. YNN's Washington, D.C. bureau reporter Erin Billups sat down with Long Island Congressman and Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Steve Israel, to hear his thoughts on why he believes Democrats have a shot at winning back control of the House of Representatives just two years later.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "I'm not guaranteeing we're going to win the majority. I'm telling you we've taken it from no chance to a strong chance," said Representative Steve Israel, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman.

Long Island Congressman Steve Israel, Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is confident control for the House of Representatives is definitely in play.

Israel, said, "When John Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House, admits that 50 Republican seats are in trouble, I have to agree with him. I actually think it's more like 60."

Six of which he says are in New York, a key battleground in the congressional elections.

As of May, the DCCC outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee by more than $10 million.

"That's never happened, has the minority party outraised the majority party. New York is going to see a lot of investment on both sides of the aisle," Israel said.

Three of the most winnable seats Israel points to are held by Nan Hayworth in the Hudson Valley, Chris Gibson near the Capital Region and Ann Marie Buerkle in the Syracuse area. But he says because of the state's newly drawn maps, there isn't one safe republican seat.

Israel said, "Virtually every single district in New York is now a swing seat that will vote for a Democrat or a Republican."

Still, democrats have to defend their incumbents. Israel says the terrain is rough for Kathy Hochul in Western New York, Bill Owens in the North Country and Tim Bishop on Long Island. The NRCC says it also has high hopes it can win the seat held by veteran democrat Louise Slaughter, who's being challenged by Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.

Israel says New Yorkers though are tired of Republican priorities.

"You want a Congress that is going to protect Medicare and the middle class and not millionaires," Israel said.

Israel hopes now that the state legislative session has ended, they'll get some help from Governor Cuomo on the campaign trails.

"We won't be shy about asking him to support a Democratic majority that can fortify reinforce and embrace his values," Israel said.

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