September 7th, 2010
08:22 PM ET
11 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. Willy Brown

    Kaine will run the DNC like he did Virginia and that's right into the ground

    September 7, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. John

    Lets go Democrats beat the Party of NO in Nov 2nd.

    September 7, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. Time Grows Short

    Plouffe was on the tube the other night and there has never been such a string of lies and invective in a fortnight. I hope Plouffe continues to speak out because it just confirm what most of us think, the Obamists are a steaming pile Progressive do do.

    September 7, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. Vote Democrats now!!!!

    Voting for the Republican Tea Party, is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders. It' nuts!

    September 7, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. Every

    Americans are crazy, if they put the party that drove our economy into a "ditch." President Obama and the democrat leadership have stopped the bleeding at a high cost, where we were losing 750, 000 jobs per month, now down to 54,000 jobs! They have passed a Wall- street reform, Healthcare reform, Jobs Bill, Creditcard reform and other major programs to prop up this economy, repuglican tea neck tea party nuts stood on the side line! Repuglicans left our President with 8 trillion debt, 1.3 trillion yearly deficit, 2 wars, 2 nuclear conflicts, a mortgage, banking, wall street, auto, and healthcare crisis! ALL REPUGLICANS HAD FOR THIS COUNTRIES SERIES ECONOMIC PROBLEMS WHICH THEY CAUSED WAS "NO" TO EVERY INITIATIVE! CNN PLEASE POST

    September 7, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. Gobama!

    Wow...I don't know if you republicans really understand how bad you are making yourselves look. You argue that this is Obama's economy when the Democrats try to blame Bush for it, and then turn around and say, "Oh, but it's really Clintons fault." It must be a wonderful life to be so sure of your own contradictions.

    September 7, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. barry

    Proud of the heavy lifting? What a joke. Between the bad policies such as Obama Health care and the So Called Stimulus. The Obama Recession and the huge deficit he and his cronies ran up which killed jobs. Keep yourselves in your little world that says Democrats won't loose. If it makes you feel better for the next few months. Heavy lifting my ..... Time for the children to get on along and let the grown ups fix the mess that has been made with Obowow's Grand Social experiment gone awry.

    September 7, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. Gary's Thoughts

    Rahm is callous and aggressive and President Obama would be better off without him in the White House. As the Republicans take over the House and bring the senate to 50/50, it will become important for the White House to work constructively with Republicans to come to "middle ground." This can't be done with Rahm, so send him back to Chicago. If Obama can move to the middle, he could become a reasonable 2 term President. Currently, his presidency has been a disaster

    September 7, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. jim

    Tim Kaine is pretty good at talking the party line that all the ills of the country are because of those evil republicans. However the dems have held power for the last 4 years and the republicans can't stop them from doing whatever they have wanted to do.

    September 7, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. Hunter of the lib hunter

    Time to kick some GObP bagger Fox John Birch Joe McCarthy butt back into the 1950's.

    September 7, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. Kevin

    We have Obama complaining that "...They talk about me like a dog..." but continuing to p*ss on the rest of us like fire hydrants and trees.

    Kaine has apparently sniffed the "back of the dog" too much and can't see anything else.

    September 7, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. JJOE

    I believe it is close to time to pull the big guns out. "Hillary Clinton" People will resonate with her an listen. Not everybody, but she can bring people to an understanding they have not felt over the last year. She is on our side.
    I believe the Republican's had the keys and wrecked the car. It takes awhile for the body putty to dry. It is possible to restore her to her grandest honor, just like a brand new rebuilt classic!!!!. The UNITED STATES of AMERICA, One nation for all!!!

    September 7, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  13. all of America

    Why do the democrats even bother to campaign ? The only way that they can win in november and in 2012, is to rig the elections, again. obama and the democrats should just admit that they cannot lead this country and resign because the republicans have already won ,thanks to your leaders ,obama,pelosi,reid,biden,holder.

    September 7, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. wakeup america

    The media campaign needs to list out all of the accomplishments Obama has pushed through.. Quite impressive if you ask me. Again, the GOP has highjacked the message and the administrations Communications team fails to be on point.

    September 7, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  15. Paul

    The dem's can't compete witth GOP corporate money! The GOP and the corporate cash brought in by the supreme court and the citizens united ruling will steamroll the dem's to minority status. Long live the GOP!

    September 7, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. Clwyd

    I just hope that most Americans aren't as ignorant as the republicans think they are! o return to the same old policies that got us into this economic mess we are now in would be a total calamity. 8 years was enough of bowing to Big Business, Big Oil and Wall Street. Only a moron would want to do that again in November!

    September 7, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  17. Liz the First

    So the Democratic base isn't 'excited.' well, wah!!! we don't need to be excited to go out and vote for our principles and against the ruin the republicans would bring back to this country! so the healthcare bill wasn't all we hoped for, it was a major accomplishment and a step in the right direction, as were a lot of the historic things this president has done. the reason we didn't get all we wanted was because there are too many republicans in congress. if we don't go out and support our president by giving him the allies he needs to do what we elected him to do, nothing else will be accomplished for the rest of this term. the rethugs have nothing to offer this country except more of what we got under Bush, record deficits, shredding the constitution, and more endless, unpaid-for wars. if we put the rethugs in power in congress again, this country will go down the drain. we, the non-lizardbrains have the responsibility to save this country from the ones who nearly ruined it. vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO!!!

    September 7, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  18. Doraine Gordon

    Anyone who votes for the Republicans this November will live to regret it. They have no plan and do not know how to govern. We cannot trust these people. They will finish what they started during the Bush years. We senior citizens will lose our Social Security along with our Medicare. If it doesn't disappear it will be cut way back. The same goes for the Disabled and people on Medicaid. The Republicans are a very selfish group of people who don't believe in helping anyone in need. Most of them are wealthy so they don't understand what it's like to be an average person. They want two classes of people, the rich and the poor. If we keep giving them the power ventually they will get what they want. It isn't to help any of us. It is only to help their wealthy friends and the corporations that will do things for them. So go vote and let's keep the power where it belongs, with the Democrats.

    September 7, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. S. C. C.

    I like Tim Kane but he is not a good Democratic Chairman.
    I am a layman when it comes to politics, however I do know that
    you defend you boss(Pres. Obama) when the Tea Parties call him
    a Nazi, Nigger, Muslim and all sorts of names.
    I am very happy that Plouffe has taken the lead.
    Kane allowed the racist Americans to villify President Obama,
    First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia and Sasha. Nothing was said
    in defense of them, especially his daughters.
    If he had Mr. Plouffe's position Pres. Obama would not have been
    elected President in 2008.

    Thank you, Mr. Plouffe

    September 7, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    I just read an article that stated in 1915 the top wealthiest 1% (referred to as robber barons) owned 18% of all the wealth. Today they own nearly 24%. Why are Democrats not talking about this? When did this happen (as if we didn't know)? Why did this happen (once again, as if we didn't know). How do we fix this (the more pressing issue)? And why isn't this a major talking point going into election season?

    The rich have destroyed the middle class, with the help of our elected representatives. And all those representatives care about is keeping their jobs and keeping the robber barons' money flowing their way. We're not even a consideration until election season gets in full swing. It makes me sick.

    September 7, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  21. Mesa Mick

    The only thing worse than Kaine's hair cut is the whimpy campaign strategy he has to elect and re-elect dems in Nov.

    Why not try simply pointing out all the obstructionism, fear, lies and vitriol the re-thug-lie-cants have been peddling for 2 years now.

    What's amatta Kaine, you ben dipped in sissy sauce or somethin'...Man up and tell middle America the facts about what these right wing neo-fascist, anti-American re-thugs who want America to fail have been doin' already.

    September 7, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  22. CBR

    First we had Republicans who ran away from President George Bush even after supporting his initiatives. Now we have Democrats running away from Barack Obama the very person who helped them get elected in the first place.

    Well, there certainly is a lack of maturity and backbone in both parties. Our politicians are fair-weather friends who only want re-election not what is best for the country right now. Just look at the voting records of the House Members and the Senate members. Who was afraid to stand up to the bosses? Mitch McConnell and John Boehner had unusual success holding their members feet to the fire. The Democratic leaders did equally well. Where are the independent voices and why aren't they being heard?

    Could it be that the media loves all this wrangling and gives little attention to those who are independent?

    September 7, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  23. Jon

    We should kick these democRATs out of the congress because in a short 2 years, they have ruined our economy and country.

    September 7, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  24. T'SAH from Virginia

    Go Kaine!!! Well it's about time Plouffe!!

    But in reality, this is the RIGHT time to start so it will be FRESH in everyone's mind. The RepubliCAN'Ts have ONE message and they ran it to death over the SUMMER!!! And all that message says is they want MORE of the SAME!!!!

    DEMOCRATS UNITE AND VOTE IN NOVEMBER!!! Keep in mind that most of the races are LOCAL and the EXTREME RIGHT is trying to make it a NATIONAL EVENT!!

    September 7, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  25. MikeH

    Someone needs to come to the defense of the Constitution, the RepubliKlans and their teabaggin' stooges want to tear it up and turn America into a dictatorial corporate plutocracy.

    I hope Tim Kaine and Howard Dean (Plouffe is a tactician, not an advocate) lock and unload charges of Treason on the RepubliKlans and expose them for the neonazi threat they are.

    September 7, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
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