October 3rd, 2010
10:37 AM ET
4 years ago

Senators clash over elections

(CNN) - The two senators responsible for how their parties will fare in November's elections agreed Sunday that Democrats will lose some seats, but disagreed on how many.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, predicted a "tsunami" for the GOP, while Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Democrats would maintain their Senate majority.


"It's going to be a wave election," Cornyn said on CNN's "State of the Union". "I don't know how high or how wide the tsunami will be, but I think it will be significant."

Menendez was more tempered in his response.

"The midterm election history of the president's party going back to the civil war means the president's party loses seats but the difference between a tsunami and losing some seats is the suggestion that they can take over the majority," Menendez told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "That will not happen."

And they couldn't agree on the Tea Party movement either.

Menendez said some words used by Republican candidates in this election cycle are "scary." He referred to candidates for Senate supported by members of the Tea Party movement including those in Nevada, Colorado, Wisconsin and Delaware. He specifically cited comments about witchcraft made more than 10 years ago by the Republican Senate nominee in Delaware, Christine O'Donnell.

"Those aren't my words, those are their words," Menendez said. "The problem for Republicans is that these candidates are out of the mainstream of where their general election is at."

Cornyn said the Tea Party movement has been "constructive and helpful."

"It's helped orient us to our limited government principles," Cornyn said. "But now that the primaries are over we're all unified and focused on our Democratic friends on November 2nd."


Filed under: 2010 • Candy Crowley • John Cornyn • Robert Menendez • State of the Union
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. vic, Nashville TN

    “Gays, unmarried, pregnant women should not teach public school” Sen.Jim De Mint(king maker)

    Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle, Linda McMahon, Joe Miller, Ken Buck , Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, read their comments very scare

    October 3, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. barry

    Republicans will take the house and Democrats will barely keep majority in Senate. Either way the left wing Agenda ends.

    October 3, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. stufit

    Actually, I think what he meant to say is that if they are public dollar sucking, non performing members of the NEA they should not teach school. I know they support Obama, like most pond scum, but that is the kind of teacher the democrats love and that have caused so much of the "education" problem that has dumbed down our society enough to even make the election of a corrupt, inept, incompetent, union toady president possible.

    October 3, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Debbie from Arizona

    As a woman, I can not understand how any thinking female could vote for a candidate that believes that a woman should be forced to have the child of a rapist, when you go so far to the right that reason and compassion fly out the window, you have lost my vote, well actually they would never have it in the first place. These folks want to do away with Social Security, Medicare, the Department of Education, any program that benefits the needy is on the chopping block. At the same time, they shout that they are all about the Constitution, they want to change the 14th and 17th Amendments. I can't believe the majority of Americans are for this.

    October 3, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. usualone

    Yeah the 8 years of GW Bush were great. We had no wars, we had no inflation, etc. Let's elect the party that has one becoming a Christian over meatballs, one that wants us to have no Social Security, etc., etc. I wonder where the old time Republicans went. They still don't speak up and are being run by mean talking you know whats. Also, those that follow them can only criticize the US President with crude, cruel comments. If they win, the Ugly American has really returned., It is a horror how bad the GOP leaders perform. They truly DO NOT love America....only their party. When I travel in the future, I will not want to mention that I am an American if their ilk become the main power of our country. They are truly an embarrassment.

    October 3, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Tomtom

    If the Repub's and the Tea partiers gain power in November elections. We as a country will be sat back at least 70 years in the eyes of the civilized world. It will not only divide us as a country, it will strengthen our enemies because our division is their gain. God bless America and god bless the Democratic Party.

    October 3, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. Four and The Door

    Democratic Senators knew when every single one of them voted for ObamaCare that it was against the wishes of a majority of Americans, that it was poorly crafted program that certainly would raise health insurance costs, that several of them had to be bought off by Harry Reid and that the primary reason they were passing it was to give Obama that political victory. Any one of them could have stopped it.

    This was absolutely partisan politics at it's worse. How can anyone still vote for an incumbant Democratic Senator? They want more of the same?

    October 3, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. vic, Nashville TN

    Without rising tax we can’t reduce our deficit you can’t get 4 trillion cut spending Rand Paul doesn’t get it even today

    “unmarried woman who's sleeping with her boyfriend she shouldn’t be in the class room” Sen.Jim De Mint where is our privacy

    "I would have become a Hare Krishna, but I didn't want to become a vegetarian. And that is honestly the reason why, because I'm Italian and I love meatballs." Christine O’Donnell, she is following Christianity because its convenience for her
    She choose the convenience over convince

    Millionaire Linda McMahon wants to reduce the minimum wage

    Rising tax better than $ 4 gas

    October 3, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. Shannon

    What American would vote for a party that apologizes to BP, calls the unemployed lazy, has candidates that lie about their education, steal from their campaigns, threaten violence, condemn women for being raped, and pander to the rich, and Wall Street. I have more faith in Americans, they will not elect these hate filled, unethical people. They are just bad for America.

    October 3, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. pc

    i can't stand to listen to any of the republicans any more.they all think average america is stupid. i am with debbie of arizona with her comments here. how can any american woman vote for taking us back to the pregnant an barefoot days.
    i pray for our president every day and please americans ,think before you vote for any republican, we can not afford to take our country further down by giving these bigot,white men back power to do more harm.!

    October 3, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans have a "code" language that only the rich understand and that's why they don't give any specifics on anything.

    October 3, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Mesa Mick

    Remember the tactic folks...If a lie is reprated ofeten enough and loud enough eventually mayny will come to believe it's true. This is what the rehtugliecants and Teatards are hoping to do...Tell the lie that ALL of America thinks they are the"truth and the light" and that they will take over both houses as a result.

    Go ahead, be a lackey for the right and buy into the lie...Thinking people and "real" Amercians will vote (D) because it's the logical thing to do, not becasue they are being told by some right-wing spin miester and political demagogue that "everybody else" is voting (R) so just cave and do the same...

    October 3, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. vic, Nashville TN

    I like the comments about education

    India is growing fast why education is free from kinder garden to PhD
    They have many scholarships

    Studies after studies we know what is wrong in our education system But NO action

    October 3, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |