September 7th, 2010
08:22 PM ET
12 years ago

Kaine, Plouffe kick off fall campaign for Democrats

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="The DNC will kick off the 2010 fall mid-term election campaign season at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia Wednesday."]
Washington (CNN) – Even as many pollsters predict sweeping gains for the Republican Party this November, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine is striking an optimistic tone, saying the party's achievements over the last two years will resonate with voters.

"Is the climate tough? Sure it is, because too many people are hurting. But we think as the voters start making decisions about who they're going to vote for, they're making a choice. It's a choice between the Democratic Party, which has done heavy lifting to take an economy that was shrinking and get it back to growing," Kaine told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Anchor of "The Situation Room."

"We can't afford to go back and put the keys back into the hand of the party that ran us into this recession and this lost decade. I think voters will understand," he said.

Kaine will deliver a national address on Wednesday to kick off the 2010 fall mid-term election campaign season at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

The speech will "discuss the economic progress that the country has made as a result of the bold actions taken by President Obama and Congressional Democrats," the DNC said in a statement.

Yet, many Democratic candidates facing tough races are distancing themselves from the national party in the final months of the midterm election cycle, weary of their party leaders' unpopularity with voters.

Instead, voters around the country have been seeing ads like one recently released by Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pennsylvania, which touts his independence from President Obama.

"Too many people in Congress just vote the party line. But Jason Altmire, he's not like that. Jason's independent, no doubt about it. You saw it when he voted against health care. And when Jason opposed the Wall Street bailout. I like that Jason Altmire is not afraid to stand up to the President. And Nancy Pelosi," the ad says.

Kaine said that while he thinks Democrats should "be proud of the heavy lifting they've done," he "wasn't prepared to say" that the DNC would cut off funding to those candidates who have spoken out against their party.

"We've always been a big tent. That's one of the strengths of our party. It can create some challenges at times, but overall we don't want to be the party that throws folks over the side because they run an ad they don't like or cast a vote that we don't like," Kaine said.

But Kaine did concede that he might not be as helpful to candidates who aren't towing the party line.

"You won't be surprised, Wolf, to know that I tend to be a little more helpful to those who are energetically and enthusiastically telling about the good things their party has done," Kaine said.

Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania will join Kaine at the event Wednesday.

Pennsylvania, a major 2008 battleground state, has emerged as a key state this election cycle. Several key races, including a gubernatorial race to replace the term-limited Rendell, a contentious Senate race to replace Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter, and several close House races, could significantly alter the make-up of both national parties.

In an online video released by Organizing for America Tuesday, David Plouffe, an outside adviser to President Obama, outlined the challenges the party faces in states like Pennsylvania, and implored supporters to get out the vote in the last days of the campaign season.

OFA is President Obama's political organization that is now run out of the Democratic National Committee.

Plouffe predicted that there will be about 70 house races in play this November, as well as about 15 competitive Senate races, and about 24 tough gubernatorial races. He dismissed predictions of sweeping Republican victories, and hyped the power of OFA's ground teams to create the turnout needed for Democratic victories.

"There's no doubt that we face a lot of political headwinds out there, but with your help we can do a lot better than the pundits and the so-called political experts believe," Plouffe said.

"If enough of you go out and volunteer, you can swing some of these states and districts into the Democratic column," he said.

Filed under: 2010 • David Plouffe • DNC • OFA • The Situation Room • Tim Kaine
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. tom

    Political hack!

    Please- GW did his part but Democrats in Congress did just as much driving to get us to this point. Then Obama got in the driver's seat and things got really bad.

    he got one thing right- 'voters will understand" – and that is why they want to get rid of the current congress.

    September 7, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  2. TCM

    PLOUFFE – an enemy of the country for helping Obama get elected....

    September 7, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  3. Liars

    And just what have the democrats accomplished mr caine?, except passing the most damaging piece of legislation ever in the so called health care reform bill, run the nation into so much debt we will never get out of, bowed down and buddied up with terroristic dictators, put a sec of state in place whose husband has reportedly received millions from foreign interest groups, sucked up to and appeased the whims of every labor union there is(at the taxpayers expense) , they are scared to enforce immigration laws and want to sue a state that is trying to enforce the law. Big bunch of girly boys indeed,yea they have alot be proud of, they have managed in two short years to damn near ruin this nation

    September 7, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  4. Dumb Nerd Caucus

    You can't cover up the taste of rotten leadership with fancy icing, mr kaine. This has been the most damaging and idiotic admin and congress this world has ever seen. They seem to be hell bent to destroy America from the inside, and might I add, they are doing a hell of a job of it. Maybe this is their plan all along, Hmmmm. They are surely friendly to communistic dictators and those would like to see America fall.

    September 7, 2010 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  5. Fired Up! Ready to Go!

    Its amazing. Just AMAZING...that years later...The People that suffered Karina are still VICTIMS! How long ago was that? WAKE UP EVERYBODY! WAKE UP SLEEPN GIANtS. FIRED UP...READY TO GO!

    September 8, 2010 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  6. WH SHAKE UP...

    Drain the swap! All of em GOPS AND DEMS...TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE.

    September 8, 2010 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  7. Slider

    You're right, Mr. Plouffe, we the voters do understand.

    We understand that a party that spends three times more, yet continues to harp about the spending of the other party make you and your party look stupid.

    Correct that: You and your party don't look stupid, you are stupid, Mr. Plouffe.

    Enjoy the recovery, bozo. Bozo. Yeah, that's a Chicago product, too.

    September 8, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Democrats MUST retain control of the House and Senate; otherwise, all the gains made over the last two years that have benefited our country and the Middle Class will disappear.

    Make no mistake, folks, the GOP loves to wag its tongue about restoring "fiscal responsibility" and "balancing the budget," but what they really want – what the end game has been since the election of Reagan in 1980 – IS TO CREATE HUGE DEFICITS.

    How? Through military spending and tax cuts to the wealthy.
    Why? To use as an excuse to eliminate social spending (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid).

    The GOP wants our country to be run by a few select families who control all the wealth and power.

    The GOP wants to eliminate all regulation on business, and to heck with the consumer.

    The GOP believes in a dog-eat-dog world where if you aren't born into wealth and privilege, tough!

    The GOP wants to turn our country into a third-world nation, with the majority of the population living in poverty, lacking educational opportunities and at the mercy of big corporations.

    This isn't paranoia; this is just taking what the GOP has done and proposes to do if they regain power – and taking it to its logical conclusion.

    September 8, 2010 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Why would anyone vote for a Republican? Their only strategy for our country is tax cuts for the wealthy. This policy has been proven a failure more times than I can count ...

    The GOP says giving more money to the wealthy will create jobs. Yes – overseas, where labor is cheap and environmental regulations don't exist.

    If tax cuts for the wealthy created jobs here in the U.S. and helped lower the deficit, why is it that after the Reagan and Bush tax cuts our country ran huge deficits?

    And don't give me that "President Obama is adding to the deficit" crap; his spending is investing in our country and our infrastructure, something that we all benefit from.

    But the Republicans – in their crass, jaded desire to regain power – have been doing everything they can to make President Obama and our country fail, hoping that if things get so bad – and people are so fearful – that they'll vote for the jerks who took our country into the toilet in the first place!

    Get real, folks.

    Grow a pair, accept that the Republican/Bush mess is going to take awhile to get out from under.

    Vote for progress, vote for moving forward.

    Vote Democratic come November!

    September 8, 2010 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
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