[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/10/art.menendez.0610.gi.jpg caption ="Sen. Robert Menendez said Thursday that Democratic candidates will win in November because Republican candidates are either ‘poster childs’ for failed policies or ‘fringe candidates.’"]Washington (CNN) - The man responsible for electing more Democrats to the U.S. Senate believes that his party's roster of candidates will win in November because Republican candidates are either "poster childs" for failed policies or "fringe candidates."
Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, is Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. On Thursday at the headquarters for the Democratic National Committee he spoke with reporters about the results of a round of primaries on Tuesday.
"You've got two types of crops of candidates, Republican candidates, on the ballot this fall," Menendez said.
"You have the establishment candidates – like Roy Blunt, Rob Portman, Dan Coats. You know, when we talk about outsourcing, when we talk about economic policies that were promoted and taking us back to those times that created the circumstances we're in now, lack of regulatory oversight – boy, they're the poster childs for it."
Blunt is the Republican congressman hoping to become Missouri's next senator, Portman is the former Bush administration official hoping to represent Ohio in the Senate, and Republican Coats – a former senator – hopes to reclaim that job for Indiana.
Menendez added, what he called, a second group of Republicans running in the general election.
"And then the fringe candidates, who not only take us back to those failed economic policies, but who like privatizing Social Security, eliminating Medicare and putting radioactive waste in Yucca Mountain."
Menendez did not mention specifically who those so-called "fringe candidates" are. But his comments come two days after a primary win by Nevada Republican senate candidate Sharron Angle. The Tea Party Express backed candidate favors privatizing Medicare and Social Security. And Angle takes a controversial stand on Yucca Mountain. She will face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the general election.
Menendez added, "I think that those are great contrasts for all of our people. And that's why I think we will do much better than people expect us to moving into the November election."
Menendez also talked about conservative Republican candidates beating others that were favored by the Republican establishment.
"Across the spectrum, you have the extreme – beating the mainstream," he said.
In stark contrast to that message, the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee feels its candidates are better suited to deliver for Americans – and to win.
In a statement to CNN, NRSC National Press Secretary Amber Marchand said, "It's no wonder the Democrats are trying to gloss over their own party's contentious divisions and failed policies, but the facts speak for themselves.
"While the Democrats are still reeling from costly and divisive primaries in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Colorado, and Kentucky, Republicans are united behind our Senate nominees. The Democrats are defending a number of embattled incumbents and sitting members of Congress who eagerly voted for the stimulus debacle and unpopular health spending bill, and there's no doubt that voters nationwide are eager to hold the them accountable for their failed economic agenda, which has driven our nation's debt to a record $13 trillion while failing to create much-needed jobs."