September 16th, 2010
04:17 PM ET
12 years ago

Dana Bash: White House and Senate Democrats huddle on 'messaging'

3:45 p.m. - Deputy White House Chief of Staff Jim Messina and other Obama officials just finished huddling with Senate Democrats here in the Capitol. I was told the topic was "messaging."

Since they've returned, we've heard Democrats try to refine their message with streamlined points: tax cuts for the middle class, and "made in America," which is their attempt to tap into populist fervor by saying – no more outsourcing.

On the big question of how and when to deal with expiring Bush tax cuts, several Democratic senators emerged from the meeting and said there was no decision.

But senators said they did talk about ways they can put legislation on the Senate floor during this short pre-election session that could show voters they are trying to keep jobs from going overseas.

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York said they talked about various ideas on how to do that, but would not elaborate.

"I think we'll do something, you'll see," he said.

Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia said "there needs to be an understanding that Americans don't like tax incentives" for businesses that he said "take their jobs out of America and put them overseas."

Traveling last week to see two Democrats in tight House races, we saw it was already clear that Democrats were seizing on the outsourcing message.

Pennsylvania Rep Patrick Murphy stood in his Bucks County campaign office and told us over and over again how his GOP opponent had cast votes that shipped jobs in his district overseas.

Rep. John Boccieri also hit that "no more outsourcing" message hard, when we caught up with him at the Stark Country fair in his Northeastern Ohio district.

I'm told that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius kicked off the closed door session talking about the health care law, which most Democrats are taking incoming fire on from GOP opponents on the campaign trail. Sources say they tried to arm Democrats with information that can help, like immediate benefits of the law that voters may not know about.

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  1. Fishy

    Sounds like a bull session to get together on what BS they are going to put out now. The freaks have been in control of congress since 2006, time to put em out to pasture. Their trade name should be fabricators instead of legislators. I'm sure "I don't want anybody to own a gun" schumer will have plenty to say on every subject.

    September 16, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Obozo VooDoo Economics 101: Spend your way to prosperity, tax your way out of recession.

    Where is all the messaging on all your great accomplishments of the last 2 years? Oh yeah... A majority of the American people HATE ALL OF IT.

    We'll be messaging you back this November.... YOU'RE FIRED!!

    September 16, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. jim

    Dems want to redefine themselves to the American people.Now i don't care what you say that's funny !!!!!

    September 16, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. We Must Return To the Economic Policies of George Bush . . .

    So We Must Vote Republican

    September 16, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Bill

    Need more than messaging .... need action .... you may call the republicans the party of no but the democrats are the party of spin. If we talk about it that is enough. If it looks like a problem then it is .. except if it is one of ours.

    September 16, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Me

    You wanna electrify the base?

    Say this.


    If that doesn't get everybody who voted last year out to the polls again, nothing will

    September 16, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Jean Hayden

    Not apropos the above discussion, but I can't help wondering whether the rise in TEA Party popularity is not because voters are upset with "Washington" but perhaps equally upset with their present Republican congressmen because they are so obviously the party of no!! Surely there are thoughtful intelligent Republican congress men who are being steamrolled by the present Radicals which really is a concern because they don't sound as though they would even know how to govern!!

    September 16, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Dar

    It's over boys and girls, better start looking for a job. wait there aren't any because of you dorks. Good Luck Democraps, see you in the food lines with the rest of us.

    September 16, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    They are all talk, when ti comes to actually doing something beneficial.

    September 16, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Hammerer

    They are looking for the way to present their lies so they look pretty. The MSM sold their snake oil for two years. Why not try again.

    September 16, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Snow

    The demorats have had the congress for the past four years and have never tried to stem the tide of jobs going overseas. They did not care as long as they held onto their positions of power and now that they are going to lose it, suddenly they care about the American People. This so obvious vote buying which will again be ignored after the mid term elections by the demorats.

    September 16, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. Jetty

    Let Dana Bass pull back a little bit. Her negative reporting would not bring down the Democrats.

    All her reportings are marked with a BUT when it concerns the DEM and all TUMBS UP for GOB.

    Relax! the DEMs are going to pull it off to the bewilderment of Wolf Biltzer and John King, your primary cohorts against Obama's administration.

    September 16, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. southern cousin

    "Messaging" in Democrat liberal parlance is code for "how do we fool them today." Things like "it won't cost one dime more" and "this is the summer of prosperity" are examples of Democrat liberal "messaging." Most people call them lies. Here is more "messaging" of the Democrat liberals "Without the stimulus program, unemployment will rise above 8%." and the classic " the Health Insurance Reform legislation is not a tax."

    September 16, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. ED FL

    The dems who vote to keep the tax benefits for the wealthy better have their own wealth. If ithey do nothing and let them expire at least some money will come into the treasury. If they keep it or extend it it for sure will end Obamas chance to repeat in 2012. He will get no support for anything further in his remaining term. He needs to help out the real population and not to his old buddies in chicago and wall street. Their is not many who voted for him are ready to stay with him in his present demeanor or so called future wishes. He won but he has not tried to REALLY help the needy.

    September 16, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. New Age Independant

    Democrats will do what they always do. Campaign, and talk a lot, then fall back on the typical democrat tactics, but they'll give it a new name to fool their liberal backers.

    In all seriousness, I really hope they do something to keep the jobs here in the US. So far, neither party has done anything to prevent this huge issue. Democrats have ignored jobs for long enough, they are only interested now that they believe that their own jobs are in jeopardy!

    September 16, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. Reality Check

    What messages could they possibly have?

    Democrats, vote for us and we will continue to ignore you and call you racists, islamophobes, or idiots?
    Democrats, we will fix the economic problems by voting for health care reform bills we didn't read?
    Democrats, vote for us and we will continue to ignore the corruption
    of some of our members?
    Democrats, vote for us and we will sue your state for enforcing fedral laws?
    Vote Democrat, its the Republicans' fault things are bad even though we had a super majority and enacted our agenda?

    I am looking forward to Hillary running for pres in 2012 though.

    September 16, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |