April 28th, 2010
10:54 PM ET
13 years ago

Dems hope to be seen as ‘party of results’

Washington (CNN) - When voters head to the polls in November, the Democratic National Committee would like them to remember Democrats with one word: results.

On Wednesday at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, chairman Tim Kaine revealed his party’s new message and strategy months ahead of the midterm elections. Kaine talked about the efforts with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King in an interview that aired on John King, USA.

Kaine told King that Democrats hope to convince voters they are the party of results. Part of their new strategy will involve pushing that message, helping local candidates, and convincing many of the new voters – that voted for President Barack Obama in the last election – to support Democrats in the midterms.

The DNC chairman said that while the economy still needs improvements, it’s moved from recession to recovery.

Kaine said, “I think the improvement will be noticed by our voters and we'll be able to make the case to them, do you want to keep climbing or do you want to hand the keys back to the guys who put us into the ditch?”

The DNC chairman listed other items that Democrats see as points that, they argue, show Democratic results. Among them: Americans will soon benefit from the new health care reform law, and there has been progress in the war on terror.

“The success story is starting to build,” Kaine told King.

Another part of Democrats’ new strategy will be to continue to brand Republicans as “the party of no.” Democrats will hammer Republicans for their objections to Democratic goals on health care, Wall Street reform and energy policy, Kaine said.

“We’re the results team, the other guys are the obstructionists - and that choice is pretty clear,” Kaine told King.

The former Virginia governor said he’s realistic about the uphill challenge his party faces in getting many of 2008’s new Democratic voters to return to the polls this November.

“Nobody will turn out at the presidential level in a non-presidential level,” Kaine said. “But if we can communicate with them in ways and make that match between the president and his policies and these candidates and increase their turnout by, say, 10 percent over a baseline, that can be hugely important in these races.”

After Democrats lost the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s seat to Republican Sen. Scott Brown, Kaine also said he’s realistic about the possibility of losing two other seats in traditionally Democratic-leaning states: Delaware and Illinois.

“I mean since [President] Teddy Roosevelt, the average is you lose 28 House seats, you lose four Senate seats, you lose governor's races. And that's the average and we're not living in average times,” Kaine said, referring to the party in power often losing seats in midterm elections.

In a statement, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele blasted Democrats’ new message and strategy.

“Chairman Kaine’s new strategy smacks of desperation as it has become increasingly clear Democrats have lost the independents who will be the deciding voice this fall,” Steele said. “Even worse, as public approval of ObamaCare continues to drop, it’s obvious that Democrats have given up any hope of getting them back.”

Steele added, “Under President Obama and Congressional Democrats, the only people who have seen ‘results’ are the labor unions and special interests that funded their campaigns, while everyday Americans feel that they have been shut out of the democratic process. Their candidates are heading into the midterms in the unenviable position of running on a record that includes raising taxes, running up the federal credit card, and doing nothing to address record-breaking unemployment.”

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. 8 Years of the Bush Error = Recession and Record Unemployment for ? Years.

    Let us set the pole a little higher.

    No big contest be seen as the party of Results when compared to the party of NO that has not passed or worked on a piece of legislation in the past year, and have willing called for cutting off unemployment benefits to folks in the worst recession in my lifetime.

    President Obama's "porkulus" package is now starting to "bring home the bacon" no matter how you slice it(sorry).

    April 28, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  2. Don

    If results means taking more and more away from those who produce, yes the dems are the best!

    April 28, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  3. Uncle Sam

    And the results are... tripling the national debt in two years, creating jobs in legislative districts that do not exist, taking over private businesses, requiring all Americans to buy health insurance, and my favorite ignoring the will of the people because "they know better".

    April 28, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  4. Ethan

    Seriously. Are the Tea Partiers FOR financial reform or against it? They talk about being against "Big Government" and "overreach" but do they support the AZ papers please law? The Reapublican Party AND the Tea Parties are nothing but a SHAM. Its time we cut through the garbage, America, and continue to build on the CHANGE we started by electing more real, progressive Democrats. We need to rebuild this country and literally the ONLY way we will we do that is if we elect MORE Democrats.

    April 28, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  5. Fed Up

    Results???? I want better than "results"!!! I don't want higher taxes, more government, the government telling me that I MUST buy health insurance if I don't wish to, and fining companies if they don't provide health insurance, etc., etc., etc. Vote 'em in. Vote 'em out. Get rid of the bums!

    April 28, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  6. Mike

    If results mean higher taxes, double digit unemployment and being laughed at by our allies, this voter will stick with the party of no.

    April 29, 2010 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  7. The Unsub

    As I've said before....Republicans execute bad ideas, and Democrats fail to execute good ideas.

    April 29, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  8. Franklin

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UNEMPLOYMENT IS STILL AT 9.7%....Somebody PLEASE explain to me how the rate STILL MORE THAN 1.7% over 8% (that stimus package was supposed to keep us under) can be defined a RECOVERY? It was at 7.2% when the stimulus promise was made. Wouldn't a recovery start when we at least get back closer over 8% than we were at when we were under 8%???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2010 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  9. Barby

    Even working to get results is far, far better than saying "No!" to even trying.

    April 29, 2010 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  10. Smith in Oregon

    It widely appears that only the Democratic lawmakers are doing anything positive in the US House and US Senate and despite the logjam of hundreds of major bills of legislation held up by the Republican lawmakers of NO, some laws and legislation is getting thru despite all of the Republican obstructions, filibusters and procedural delays.

    Sadly Republican lawmaker minority leaders are calling on the same childish actions to continue thru the end of this year, 2010.

    What is truly sad is that American taxpayers are PAYING the salary's of the Republican lawmakers to literally strike against doing their job, strike against moving legislation which this country desperately needs.

    Democratic lawmakers will be known as doers and those that found their spine's and courage during America's darkest economic hour.

    April 29, 2010 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  11. tetuben

    Aah, the Democrats, so many promises, so little action. Go Conservatives November 2010.

    April 29, 2010 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  12. Michael from Ventura

    All these folks who are telling America that this November will find the gop and tea partiers taking control... I have just one request: Could you please hold your breath until that happens? America is seeing every day what you're up to." Country First" my back side!!

    April 29, 2010 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  13. Rob C

    Yes- 'results'- but bad ones! Go ahead, run on the things you are doing- the way you are ignoring what people want to pad your political resume and you will pay in November!

    April 29, 2010 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  14. True Patriot

    Keep tryin CNN....November will still happen!

    April 29, 2010 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  15. madkeyra

    This is true. The Republicans haven't governed in over a year. The Republican Party has not done anything in Congress but say No, block, No and block every legislation that was on the floor. The Republican Party has not done anything to win any elections. The Democrats were the only ones fighting and trying to make a difference in the economic crisis we live in and the Republicans did nothing but stand in the way and tried to stop it with lies and more lies. Now they are blocking Wall St Refom. How stupid can the Republicans be to block that knowing how much problems the Executives caused and tax payer money. I think Democrats should stay in office.

    April 29, 2010 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  16. Pelosi is a see-you-en-tea

    The party that convinced fickle people that they have saved jobs that would have put the unemployment rate at 14% (but have no way to prove what jobs would have been lost) should have no problem convincing the same people that taking 18 months to pass one bill (that will still leave millions uninsured) makes them the party of results.

    April 29, 2010 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  17. Anonymous

    The dem do all the work while the gop takes credit for what has been done and cry like spoiled brats get out the tissue

    April 29, 2010 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  18. leo

    Party of bankrupting country!

    April 29, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |