(CNN) - Several House Democrats who voted against the health care overhaul earlier this year are now touting their “no” vote back home, but Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said the legislation is beneficial to the party's chances this November as a whole.
"I travel all over the country. I guess I've been in about 42 states, and most Democrats that I see on the trail are very proud of the accomplishment and they're talking about it," he said on CNN's “State of The Union” with Candy Crowley Sunday.
Perhaps the most striking example of a Democrat seeking to capitalize on his opposition to the measure came Friday, when Texas Rep. Chet Edwards launched a television ad touting the fact he “stood up” to President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on health care. The longtime congressman, once on Obama’s shortlist for a running mate, now faces an uphill battle for re-election in his conservative-leaning Texas district.
“Some, particularly House members in districts that, you know, can often get gerrymandered and become tough districts are distancing themselves from the health care bill,” Kaine said. “I don't tell people how to run their races, but I've been on a ballot seven times and won seven races, and in my experience, you ought to be proud of what you're doing and promote the accomplishments.”
Kaine also suggested the current conventional wisdom – that Republicans are likely to make massive gains in both the House and Senate this November – will not be borne out.
“I don't think you're going to see us lose either house, because I think we've got good candidates,” he said. “I think the Republicans are moving way to the right of the American electorate. And we're pretty good at the field side of politics, which is what we're focused on between now and November 2. “