DNC: Election day 'a very good day to run as a Democrat'
November 6th, 2013
03:02 PM ET
12 months ago

DNC: Election day 'a very good day to run as a Democrat'

(CNN) - National Democrats touted their 2013 election victories in New York and Virginia as 2014 bellwethers while writing off Gov. Chris Christie's New Jersey landslide.

Representatives of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Governors Association, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee held a conference call Wednesday with reporters to lay out their vision for the coming midterm election.

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For Democrats, the key talking point is all about the narrow Virginia victory by former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe over Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, the state's attorney general, whom they spent millions of dollars painting as an "extreme" conservative out of touch with voters in the increasingly purple state.

But Cuccinelli's conservatism is not limited to him alone, according to Democrats. "Republicans in Congress are Ken Cuccinelli Republicans. They share the same agenda and their agenda is going to go over just as well in suburban, moderate districts," said Kelly Ward, executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Ward called Cuccinelli the first casualty of the partial government shutdown that Democrats blame GOP tactics for inciting, namely by tying the defunding of Obamacare to the funding of the rest of the government. But Cuccinelli "certainly won't be the last," she said.

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Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Deputy Executive Director Matt Canter argued that every current GOP Senate candidate is running from a hyper-conservative playbook, an extremism that Democrats feel will put multiple Congressional seats into play for them next year.

In a statement, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus expressed disappointment with the Virginia loss, but the work of the party continues, he said.

"Terry McAuliffe has no mandate. Virginia voters reelected the Republican majority to the House of Delegates, and they will provide a much-needed check on McAuliffe's plans," Priebus said.

Even in defeat, Democrats are trying to find victory. While Republican Gov. Chris Christie may have sailed to reelection in New Jersey, "we saw no coattails," said Mo Elleithee, communications director for the Democratic National Committee.

By coattails, Elleithee means Christie's agenda, ballot measures and state Republicans that were defeated at the polls even though the possible 2016 presidential contender beat his opponent by more than 20 points in the very blue state.

Priebus was laudatory of keeping the governor's seat.

"During his first term, the governor proved that Republican principles get results-even in a state the pundits like to call a 'blue state,'" Priebus said in a statement.

Democrats remain confident that Christie's popularity and perceived "electability" will crumble once the kind of scrutiny applied to presidential candidates is brought to bear.

Nor do Democrats perceive the idea of a popular candidate who talks big and tacks away from the far-right as a major threat.

"We've seen that model before," Elleithee said, comparing Christie's popularity after Hurricane Sandy to that of former New York City Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani after the 9/11 terror attacks. "It's not transferable and it's not sustainable."


Filed under: 2013 • 2014 • Chris Christie • DNC • Ken Cuccinelli • New Jersey • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. just saying

    terry mcauliffe has never held elected office and never lead anything. his claim to fame is raising large sums of money for the clintons. yeah, sounds eerily similar to the inexperienced community organizer maste of disaster we have in the white house. good luck virginia, you are going to need it.

    November 6, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Having a crap governor and a bagger legislature in Florida is a downer, but today, it is a good day because voters started rejecting the Koch plan to destroy government.

    November 6, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Virginia has gone from a traditional red state to a complete BLUE state. It was a clean sweep yesterday in Virginia from the governorship on down. AG is still up in the air, but the democrat won. Now we have 2 democrat senators, democrat governor, democrat lt. governor & democrat attorney general. If you're a Ken Coochie republican, you're going to meet the same fate he did last night.

    November 6, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    LOL...and Cuccinelli is such a sore freekin loser that he hasn't even called McAuliffe. I guess he's still fuming that his voter purges didn't work.

    November 6, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. rs

    just saying

    terry mcauliffe has never held elected office and never lead anything. his claim to fame is raising large sums of money for the clintons. yeah, sounds eerily similar to the inexperienced community organizer maste of disaster we have in the white house. good luck virginia, you are going to need it.
    _______________________
    Yeah and despite all that- he won. Have you figured out yet just how ugly the Republican brand got in the last month or so?

    November 6, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Yeah and despite all that- he won. Have you figured out yet just how ugly the Republican brand got in the last month or so?"

    You don't understand...this is all a fluke and a result of the MSM and because we let too many people cast votes and because people didn't hear the message and because "they" fought dirty and lied while the GOP always told nothing but the truth and because we've gotten rid of prayer in schools and there's a war on Christmas and this krischun nashun is now ruled by a black devil worshipping muslim and sharia law and gun rights and revolution and now it's time to secede because demographics are taking away the GOP's viability and Citizens Unnited was only supposed to help the GOP and all the Dems are doing is offering handouts and never mind the GOP's promises of more tax cuts for the rich and corporations and it's all so unfair because this was supposed to be a white people country and and and and and...everyone should just blame Lincoln.

    November 6, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Searcher

    The TEA_GOP is now the PREFERED candidate for the Democrats running for office. But look at the Alabama Primary for the House seat there. The TEA-GOP got SMACKED by the Country Club GOP. I guess they want to WIN elections in Alabama..

    November 6, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    The reality is democrats have a lot of work to do and a lot of messages to deliver in order to take back the House. Last night was encouraging but we need to quit letting the T-Publicans get away with using scare tactics instead of actually putting forth solutions. They're masters of distraction and this website issue is the latest attempt. Let's force them back to the economy and its a win/win for the democrats.

    November 6, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. S. B. Stein

    The reason that Christie won, in part, in NJ is that Buono never received any support from anyone connected to the party bosses. She was independant, and it cost her against a large governor that threw his weight around.

    November 6, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    "Terry McAuliffe has no mandate. Virginia voters reelected the Republican majority to the House of Delegates, and they will provide a much-needed check on McAuliffe's plans," Priebus said.
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    ??? What did he just say? He's speaking Republicanese again.

    TRANSLATION: We don't care if he won or lost. Elections don't matter anymore. We're going to force our agenda down Virginia's throat, and everywhere else, too.

    November 6, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    I am soooooooooooooooooooooo thankful the Cuch is going a-buh-bye!

    November 6, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    @just saying: "terry mcauliffe has never held elected office and never lead anything. his claim to fame is raising large sums of money for the clintons. yeah, sounds eerily similar to the inexperienced community organizer maste of disaster we have in the white house. good luck virginia, you are going to need it."

    If repub policies hadn't brought the global economy to the brink and President Obama's policies hadn't produced straight months of private sector job growth since May 2010, I'd say you have a point.

    But you don't – so why not give your tired talking points a day off?

    November 6, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    -just saying

    terry mcauliffe has never held elected office and never lead anything. his claim to fame is raising large sums of money for the clintons. yeah, sounds eerily similar to the inexperienced community organizer maste of disaster we have in the white house. good luck virginia, you are going to need it.
    *************
    "...never lead anything". I'm sure his tenure as head of the DNC and helping to get BIll Clinton re-elected more than qualifies him as having led something. " sounds eerily similar to the inexpereinced community organizer maste of disaster we have in the white house": you say that, yet he still keeps beating you, and winning. There was a time when the GOP encouraged the type of community and neighborhood particpation they now disparage. I guess it has the be the right kind, preferably involving a bake sale, rather than the horrible notion of registering people to vote and having them use their voice on issues. Yes, its a terrible thing to increase participation in our great democracy. Virginia will be far better off under McAuliffe than under the Cooch, who seemed obcessed with denying access to affordable healthcare, while demanding invasive procedures to satisfy his own definition of what is a viable fetus.

    November 6, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. love344

    if we didn't know where CNN is now leaning..now we know

    November 6, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "There was a time when the GOP encouraged the type of community and neighborhood particpation they now disparage. I guess it has the be the right kind, preferably involving a bake sale, rather than the horrible notion of registering people to vote and having them use their voice on issues. Yes, its a terrible thing to increase participation in our great democracy."

    Yes, there was a time when the GOP was a party of encouragement. Those days are long past. It will be interesting to see which direction the GOP takes in 2014. Frankly, I don't think America can or will accept much more of this constant bickering and playpen back and forth baby talk from the GOP. I have yet to read one article on the ticker in this past year that is encouraging of its viewers or its content.

    "Priebus was laudatory of keeping the governor's seat."

    Reince Preibus needs to be let go. He is destroying the GOP.

    November 6, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |