August 27th, 2010
09:28 AM ET
4 years ago

Democrats in fight to hold onto House seats in November

Washington (CNN) - Weighed down by a president with a sub-500 approval rating, Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairman Chris Van Hollen will lay out the party's plan of attack for November elections at a Friday news conference.

The Maryland congressman, facing a resurgent Republican Party, "will discuss why he believes Democrats deserve to win the off-year elections and how they plan to do it, the legislative agenda as passed so far including health care, financial rescue, Wall Street reform, student loans, Afghanistan action, and Iraq withdrawal," according to a statement released by the campaign.

As part of a grassroots effort, House Democrats are shooting for their supporters to knock on more than 200,000 doors nationwide.

The initiative comes as President Barack Obama's approval rating stands at 47 percent, with 51 percent saying they disapprove of how he is handling his job, which ties the record he set in March, when 51 percent also gave him a thumbs-down.

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  1. Marge

    If I were a republican I would be the ones who are worried. As hard as CNN and Fox are working to try to get the public to believe they are going to win, any body with any sense would hold their nose and run from them. Everybody but the tea bags and the radicals who urge hate and violence.

    August 27, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Right Leaning Independent

    Democrats deserve to be shown the door this November!! They have had their chance and have failed miserably! A wasteful stimulus program, health care that only the welfare folks want, an anti business agenda and a crusade against anyone that works and makes big money should seal their fate nicely come November....

    August 27, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. gt

    i think they will get a lot of doors slam in there face..its the economy stupid... and your it, the ones in power,,,no jobs,,, no votes...

    August 27, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I can't believe Republicans (Boehner) is saying they have "now" come up with a plan for jobs and the economy and will release their plans next month. Americans need to ask themselves and the Republicans exactly what have they been doing in Washington over the past two years to help Americans.

    August 27, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Shawn-GA

    Folks it is over... Blaming backwards has ruined you, if they had taken ownership and were honest it would have been much better for you.

    As for the party of NO, they had no power, their ideas were shut down. Not one republican could have stopped this President from doing anything at all with the majority the Democrats have. You are about to see in the next 60 days what ideas the Republican DO have and how they can and will improve your life.

    This is NOT Bush's economy alone the Democrats have had control for 4 years not the Republicans.

    August 27, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Will these "grassroots" members of the democraic party (meaning union members, low performing teachers and other drug using, unproductive and corrupt members of society) repeat the liberal mantra that being rich is bad, republicans are going to take away your social security, anyone who disagrees with us is racist and the other time worn, lying themes they have used during the last during the past 50 years. Just sit back and enjoy the "summer of prosperity" and wait for the fall when you get the costs on your health insurance renewal and see what a lie it was when Obozo proudly stood up and told us the infamouse " it won't cost you one dime more" lie. He is the most corrupt, incompetent, inept, uncredible person to ever occupy the White House. A lying, theiving, criminal who should be impeached immediately.

    August 27, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Jim

    The Dems will take a hit because of no jobs and a lack of a plan to get jobs in this country. Although they have achieved quite a few accomplishments those achievements don't put food on the table, clothes on our children's backs or a roof over our heads. The working class American wants work plan and simple. The Republicans most likely will win quite a few seats do the the ignorance of the voters and a short memory span. Why on earth would the working class vote for the rich?

    It all boils down to which is the lessor of two evils? Think when you vote folks. Your either for the rich or for yourself and other working Americans. Maybe a peaceful solution to this worthless government is don't vote. Send a message to them all that your collectively worthless and you are all fired!

    August 27, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. ETM

    The president is doing the best he can with the absolute mess that Bush handed him a year and a half ago. And, despite the awful way our legislative process has worked recently, the Democratic Congress overcame the Party of NO to pass an historical health care package that will extend health insurance coverage to almost all Americans and real reform of Wall Street practices, along with credit card reform.
    Yes, there is much left to do, including immigration and environmental reform. But does anyone think Republicans will pass anything of use if they regain the House? Giving the Republicans more power in Congress will just mean more obstruction. VOTE for the DEMOCRATS in Nov. and let them complete the job. If they cannot do so by 2012, then we can listen to Republican idea, assuming they have any by then.

    August 27, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    This is the problem with Obama he takes too long to make decisions and when he does make a decision it leaves a sour taste in Americas mouth he can fight all he wants he screwed up for himself and his party .

    August 27, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. Hangar 13

    The Dems have a very tough sell, to say the least. Their only accomplishments have been passing legislation that the majority of Americans oppose: a stimulus that has only added to the debt, health care "reform" that has already started to send shock waves throughout the business community before it even takes effect, more bailouts than the typical voter can remember, etc. Plus, Democrats are mostly with the minority on issues such as immigration and the Ground Zero mosque. All but the most partisan Kool-Aid drinkers can see that the Democrats have taken a bad economy and made it worse, and have planted seeds for long-term economic stagnation. Most Americans would like a blanket repeal of everything the current Congress has done; that isn't feasible, but the next best thing is to send as many Democrats as possible back to the private sector on November 2.

    August 27, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. Hangar 13

    Does the President really think that the solution to the deficit is to figure out ways to tap the middle class with hidden taxes, while he continues to write trillion dollar checks to throw at every problem he finds that "needs" government interference? That's why the Democrats are in such trouble, the GOP threw fiscal responsibility out the window when they were in power, but the Dems have shown that they were just pikers compared to the professional spenders. We can only hope that the Republicans are sincere when they say they learned their lesson about adhering to conservative principles, and give them another chance in November. It certainly beats giving the Democrats another two years to bankrupt the country.

    August 27, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. katiec

    The republicans with their false predictions, propaganda, and the medias total support of their hypocrasy, lies, unAmerican activity do not give the American voters any credit for intelligence.
    There is no way, after almost destroying our country and the world, voters are going to allow the republicans back in control. Their obstruction, lack of caring and support for our survival, continuation of their politics as usual, undying love and support for Wall St and the rich, with no credible, workable, acceptable new ideas of their own would bring further diasters to our country.
    We cannot allow that to happen.

    August 27, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. u2canfail

    Obama's approval rating is pretty high, for the state of the economy. There is no "Presidential Quick Fix". They will hold on to more seats than they think, because the Ts are just nuts. Only the truely extreme bags have made it through the GOP primaries. So the GOP will pick up NO INDEPENDENT VOTERS.

    August 27, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. Buster

    nobummers approval rating is less than 47 percent and is still dropping. The demorats are going to run but will run away from the bills they have passed, hoping voters will forget all the unpopular things they have done. They will play their standard game, wealth envy ,class envy and race baiting. What is important is, they have really hurt the economy and have kililed jobs and that is what matters this November.

    August 27, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. bernice

    If the repubs win the seats..good..Let's see how long it'll take them to destroy what O'Bama is trying to fix...
    PICK YOUR OWN POISON...

    August 27, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Dano

    Maybe President Obama should start another war in the Middle East. That seemed to worked for Bush at the end of his 2nd year.

    August 27, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Ben in Texas

    Prominent in every Democratic ad should be a large picture of that goofy, mindless grin of George W. A succinct reminder of the horrific damage done under 8 years of Bush, along with a summary of the obstructionism by Repugnants in the past 2 years should be enough to make Democratic gains in November inevitable.

    August 27, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Liz the First

    Considering how many great achievements this president has had, the Democrats should all be sailing to easy victories. what's standing in the way of that? stupidity, pure and simple. we used to shake our heads and pity stupid people. all of a sudden, they're a political force, and if we listen to them enough, this country will go down in flames.

    August 27, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Thersa

    To go back to the Republicans is far worse.

    August 27, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Jerry - Florida

    We are going to have to do much, much better that lie and exaggerate all the time.

    The American populace is on to us.

    August 27, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Dem in California

    I wish us luck in the coming elections. The Republicans are lost in the woods right now and need to come back to what they once were. Our country needs both parties to bring balance back to our nation. We are all Americans and we love our country. Stop the hate!!...

    August 27, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Four and The Door

    As part of a grassroots effort, House Democrats are shooting for their supporters to knock on more than 200,000 doors nationwide.
    ______________________________________________________
    If they knock on my door to talk about health care, financial rescue, and Wall Street reform, they had better be prepared to defend the indefensable. These were displays of Democrat politicking at it's worst.

    August 27, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. matt

    Ha Ha Ha Ha, Good Luck, Ha Ha Ha Ha, you'll need it! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

    August 27, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. More change in November (but good change)

    If republicans and democrats decided to do what was best for the people rather than for their own party, they would continue to be employed. Unfortunately, we have idiots like Reid, Pelosi, Frank, Dodd, Boxer, Waters, Rangel, Craig, Foley,... that just don't get it.

    More government intervention isn't what we need. We need the ability to succeed based on freedom... which includes the free market system.

    August 27, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. Tyrone in New York City

    Another slow news day huh CNN?

    August 27, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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