Clinton to join Obama at Senate Democratic retreat
January 31st, 2014
01:14 PM ET
10 months ago

Clinton to join Obama at Senate Democratic retreat

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will join President Barack Obama at next Wednesday's Senate Democratic retreat at the Washington Nationals stadium, according to two Democratic sources.

Most of the discussion at the retreat will revolve around messaging for the Democrats' 2014 middle class agenda, a Democratic aide told CNN.

The twin presidential appearances come at a time of heightened anxiety for Democrats analyzing the midterm elections and their party's ability to preserve its slender Senate majority.

The Democratic caucus currently holds a 55-45 majority in the 100-member chamber, but 21 Democratic-controlled seats are up this year as opposed to only 15 Republican seats. Making matters worse for Democrats is the consensus view that the overwhelming majority of vulnerable seats are currently held by Democrats.

Arkansas's Mark Pryor, Louisiana's Mary Landrieu, Alaska's Mark Begich and North Carolina's Kay Hagan are widely seen as the most vulnerable incumbents seeking re-election this year. Democrats also face an extremely stiff challenge holding on to open seats in South Dakota, Montana and West Virginia.

Republicans are also hoping to make a serious run at Democratic seats in Iowa, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Michigan.

The most vulnerable Republican seats up this year are those held by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, who is retiring.

Senate Republicans will also hold a one-day "issues conference" on Wednesday at the Library of Congress.

CNN's Jim Acosta, Ted Barrett and Alan Silverleib contributed to this report.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. emskadittle

    Its not a real party until Uncle Bubba arrives!

    January 31, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Senate Republicans will also hold a one-day "issues conference" on Wednesday at the Library of Congress."

    It will no doubt be the first time many of them have ever been in a library.

    January 31, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    For the cowardly democrat senators, stand by your votes!!! Confront GOP lies with FACTS!!! You need a debating issue? Well here you go. You voted for a healthcare bill which is now law while the GOP offered the status quo. You've been productive in the Senate while the GOP have been obstructionists. If you can't win on that argument, then maybe you shouldn't be a senator.

    January 31, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    "Senate Republicans will also hold a one-day "issues conference" on Wednesday at the Library of Congress."

    Senate repubs will also hold a one-issue conference (say "No" to everything) on Wednesday at the Library of Congress.

    FIFY

    January 31, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Democrats know their time has come. They stuck with Obama, and now they want to back away from from him. well sorry it wont work. voters will show them the door.

    January 31, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. current state of the union

    Hill can start picking colors for their stay, 8 more years, thanks gop, I knew you could do it.

    January 31, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. current state of the union

    Never before has it mattered so little who the gop.candidate is, their ideology is what's on the ballot this election . I must admit I'm baffled at their strategy,

    January 31, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Harold Read

    Wonder how Bill is going to throw the "Amateur" under the bus this time. The "You should honor your 'You can keep your policy. Period.' Promise" stab in the back was pretty harsh.

    January 31, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Eat , Drink and play Vegan !

    Bill look's good since he stopped eating at MD's

    January 31, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. just saying

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?
    For the cowardly democrat senators, stand by your votes!!! Confront GOP lies with FACTS!!! You need a debating issue? Well here you go. You voted for a healthcare bill which is now law while the GOP offered the status quo. You've been productive in the Senate while the GOP have been obstructionists. If you can't win on that argument, then maybe you shouldn't be a senator.
    -–

    absolutely democrats!! don't be yellow bellied cowards running away from the train wreck you caused!! stand up in front of the voters and yell at the top of your lungs 'i voted to jam obamacare down your throats and would do it again 100 times if commanded to do so by comrade obama!".

    i am sure re-lection will be forthcoming... thank you!!!

    January 31, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Donna

    Obama stands a darn good chance of totally wrecking Hillary Clinton's future with his far left agenda. Bill needs to tell him that. Doubling down on the lies and deceit for the next three years will pretty much render any Democrat candidate toast, even Hillary Clinton. Do you think she is going to run if the Republicans control Congress? Doubtful.

    January 31, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @Harold Read
    Wonder how Bill is going to throw the "Amateur" under the bus this time. The "You should honor your 'You can keep your policy. Period.' Promise" stab in the back was pretty harsh.
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    It probably seems a little hard to believe but civilized people like these guys can agree, disagree, talk, argue, and still be a part of strong progressive front. For conservatives that don't follow lock step to just-say-no, just-say-no, guns-are-good, guns-are-good, break-the-government, break-the-government, etc. there is very harsh criticism from their own, censure, etc.

    January 31, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |