September 5th, 2010
11:51 AM ET
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Plouffe says Democrats can retain control in fall

David Plouffe said Sunday that Democrats can retain both houses of Congress this fall.
David Plouffe said Sunday that Democrats can retain both houses of Congress this fall.

Washington (CNN) - The man who engineered President Obama's 2008 victory told CNN on Sunday he thinks Democrats can retain control of both houses of Congress in November.

David Plouffe, now an outside adviser to the president, tossed a quick answer over his shoulder when CNN asked him outside of NBC's Washington studios about the tough climate for Democrats running in the midterms elections.

"I think so," Plouffe said. "We're going to work hard to make sure we do."

When asked how the political climate got so bad for Democrats, Plouffe kept walking but turned to our camera to offer CNN a wave and smile. In an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press", Plouffe said Democrats' success in November will hinge on localizing the races and increasing Democratic turnout.


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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back

    Send the republicans to the same place the whigs went.

    September 5, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. jim

    The only way dems can win in Nov. is for them to reject Obama's policies and run as fiscal conservaties.In other words lie like heck and hope voters have brain lock and forget what it's been like since 2006 when dems got control of Congress.

    September 5, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. barry

    I'm not saying Mr. Plouffe is wrong. I will say I think he has a better chance in seeing Jesus than Democrats keeping the majority in the House. He is now a paid consultant so of course he would make a statement like that. He left himself an opening though, "If the candidate localizes the election". Now he told them what to do and if they don't accomplish it he will make a nice presentatioN explaining how they didn't accomplish it and get a check anyway.

    September 5, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. katiec

    He said much more, CNN. But of course, you only allow extended detail for your republicans.
    He hit the nail on the head when talking about what the republicans have done and are doing to our country. We need him on every station, every program there is to wake up the American people as to the destruction, fight against improvement the republicans are conducting for the sake of winning this next election.
    We cannot allow the politicians who have and will continue to sacrifice the American people for Wall St, the rich, ignore the needs of us and our country for their politics as usual, have voted against everything that tries to undo the crisises they created to regain control.
    We cannot go back to the irresponsible, incompetent, discriminating leadership they provide.

    September 5, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Drew, FL

    They can, but they need to go on offense. Not something they've historically done. They need to kick it Alan Grayson style.

    September 5, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Clwyd

    If Americans will just ask what the repulsive republicans will do different than they did the 8 years for the bushwhacker they will see that they want a second try to ruin the American economy that they came so close to destroying 2 years ago! Republicans are disgusting throw backs to Neanderthals.

    September 5, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Weepy

    It is all WORDS, WORDS, WORDS. We have had our fill of that–ever since BO came on the scene. "How to Deliver a Speech, in Ten Easy Lessons." And NOW, the speech continues and continues and continues, BUT THE WORDS ARE EMPTY! Poor Wisconsin and Ohio folks should be plenty tired of BO showing up on their doorstep every week or so, trying to "sell" them his brand of government.

    What we want is DEEDS, DEEDS, DEEDS and not the "window dressing" kind we have been given. It is really hard to believe that there were (and still are) so many gullible AMERICANS who had (or still have) faith in this "catastrophe" we call OUR PRESIDENT!

    September 5, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Bedtime for Obonzo

    I hope that wasn't a paid opinion. Maybe it comes with a money back warranty.

    September 5, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Robert

    I'm a life-long Democrat. What I don't like about the Democrats is why are they so darn wimpy. Why don't they put the Republcians on the offense so many of us liberals are asking? Turn the tables on them. They controlled congress/senate from 1994 through 2006 and the WH/congress/senate from 2000-2006 and the only thing that was done was give big tax cuts to their corporate buddies and then those same corporations shipped thousands of jobs out of the country. And I agree with jim's comment, Democrats need to become more fiscal conservative. We can't go back to Republicians controlling again. They are not the working families friend.

    September 5, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. ST

    Myself I am not worried at all. They way Dems got organised to raise money, is exactly the way they are well organised to make the huge turnout during election. It is all about the right experience!

    September 5, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. phoenix86

    What a great democrat answer. Turn, smile and wave. Nothing else.

    September 5, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. vic

    He is right democrats will remain in power because republicans not playing the game well
    Republicans become party of NO independents hate this
    GOP candidates who win the primary endorse by tea party proving themselves as inexperience candidates they will loose independents votes
    Republicans didn’t say how they will improve our economy and create jobs but they are endorsing these topics mosque, show your birth certificate, repeal 14th amendment

    September 5, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. bernice

    All intelligent americans will vote to keep the Democrats in the house & senate...They aren't the saints but at least they aren't hypocrites & say they are christians..GO O'BAMA....You're the man..

    September 5, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. (Judge) John R. Stewart

    In I was 1964 Chairman in my county for Sen. Goldwater. Since then I believe the principals of Se. Goldwater has disappeared. I think anyone voting Republican in 2010 is totally wrong. The GOP has been taken over by less than intelligent people. They are wrong on same sex marriage, defense, the economy and most everything. Congressmen in the GOP would introduce legislation to repeal health care reform. That says it all!

    Judge John R. Stewart (Retired)

    September 5, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. ran

    Doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different results is a sign of insanity. The Republicans' trickle down economics has not worked since Reagan nor has deregulation; so not being insane the people other then the Republicans and some insane Independents the democrats are going to do much better then the political pundits/pollsters are predicting. The Democrats could even increase their numbers.

    September 5, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. bodene

    The american people have only heard what the anti-obama think. these people did not vote for obama and was against him from the beginning. these are the people that wanted the president to fail from day one. i for one understand why they are against him, it is because he is for the middle class and the so called under deserving. these people are for the rich, wall street, and big business and not to even mention he does not look like them. it is my belief that starting after labor day the american people will hear the democrats side of the political game. considering where we were, i believe the country is one the right track. we just need to take the party of no and expose them for what they truly are for. with that said, i believe that with another strong voter turnout, the democrats will control both houses again.

    September 5, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. JohninTampa

    Leave Bush tax cuts in place, but institute a parallel 'deficit reduction' surtax. It is graduated from 0-percent up to the lesser of 5-percent or whatever will achieve balance within 15 years. As the deficit comes down so do the surtax rates, until both are at zero. It cannot be used for anything else.

    September 5, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    And I'll be right there doing my part to ensure Democrats retain control of the House and Senate.

    I don't want my country to be returned to the Republicans who've proven time and again that their goal is to turn our country into a third-world nation where the top 2% (a few families) own and run everything, the Middle Class no longer exists, and the vast majority of people live in poverty.

    The blood of the many who've sacrificed for our country was not spilled so that a select few could profit off our great nation and to heck with the rest of us.

    Vote for our county = Vote Democratic

    September 5, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Marge

    If the republicans and their phony polls along with the MSM enabling them at every turn think they people of this country are ready to let them truthly and finally ruin this country they have another think coming.

    Responsible Americans know who made the mess, the Bush administration. The Responsible Americans know who enabled Bush to make the mess. the current republicans in congress. And will any RESPONSIBLE AMERICAN vote for these crooks. Heck no, only the bunch of stupid ignorant and straw brained tea bags.

    September 5, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    The only people that don't like Obama are the same old angry closed-minded cynics that endorse a culture of corruption. The GOP only cares about the politics of fear, division, hatred, cronyism and hanging-out with lobbyist scumbags.

    September 5, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Agnim

    Republicons are ONLY interested in power; they for the most part do not give a damn if America prospers. And they are against every effort to save American now!

    Only Americans who care to see republicons finishing off America, will even think of voting for these power gluttons again.

    Twice bitten, forever shy!
    Republicons are now responsible for TWO Great Recessions and one Great Depression; so Americans would have to be masochistic and suicidal to EVER putting them in power again!

    September 5, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. walter

    A CNN article says 8 out of 10 people feel the economy is in very poor shape. Let's ask those 8 out of 10 people if they want the status quo in Washington to continue in 2011.

    September 5, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. all of America

    The dems can spread all of the propaganda and lies they want, if they don't rig the elictions ,AGAIN , the republicans will win .The people have had it with their corrupt ,lying leaders ,their backroom deals and payoffs to senators get their socialistic agenda, that the people don't like, rammed through!obama is doing what ever pleases him ,not the people!!!

    September 5, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Mr. Plouffe,
    Please do everything possible to get rid of John Boehner. Second, discredit everything that Fox News says with facts and data. Point out all the 'uglies' that they are promoting...all for the sake of making the wealthy more wealthy. Third, expose the lobbyists, especially the Koch Brothers. Fourth, point out the 'wedge issues' designed to distract Congress. Fifth, fiscal responsible is OKAY; fiscal conservative is NOT okay. Sixth, if a Democrat candidate is weak, do the next best thing, endorse a moderate Republican or a moderate Independent (no party). Campaign heavily against 'true conservative' candidate, as they are phoney cronies. Loud and vocal with little brains to show.

    September 5, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. mtrought

    I think David is right. We did what was thought impossible in 08 by a landslide and because of Obamas sensible stewardship the House and Senate will remain in democrats hands. The country now realises that the GOP and tea party people are a bunch of senseless bigots who really have no place in this enlightened 21st century

    September 5, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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