September 19th, 2010
11:31 AM ET
12 years ago

Kaine says health care legislation helping Dems

(CNN) - Several House Democrats who voted against the health care overhaul earlier this year are now touting their “no” vote back home, but Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said the legislation is beneficial to the party's chances this November as a whole.

"I travel all over the country. I guess I've been in about 42 states, and most Democrats that I see on the trail are very proud of the accomplishment and they're talking about it," he said on CNN's “State of The Union” with Candy Crowley Sunday.

Perhaps the most striking example of a Democrat seeking to capitalize on his opposition to the measure came Friday, when Texas Rep. Chet Edwards launched a television ad touting the fact he “stood up” to President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on health care. The longtime congressman, once on Obama’s shortlist for a running mate, now faces an uphill battle for re-election in his conservative-leaning Texas district.

“Some, particularly House members in districts that, you know, can often get gerrymandered and become tough districts are distancing themselves from the health care bill,” Kaine said. “I don't tell people how to run their races, but I've been on a ballot seven times and won seven races, and in my experience, you ought to be proud of what you're doing and promote the accomplishments.”

Kaine also suggested the current conventional wisdom – that Republicans are likely to make massive gains in both the House and Senate this November – will not be borne out.

“I don't think you're going to see us lose either house, because I think we've got good candidates,” he said. “I think the Republicans are moving way to the right of the American electorate. And we're pretty good at the field side of politics, which is what we're focused on between now and November 2. “

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Virginia

    No matter what the 'baggers and repubs spew, I will be voting Democratic in elections and will proudly vote for President Obama in 2012. Refusing to acknowledge the good he has done is just the lying repub way. Everything from the health insurance to helping reform credit cards, making it easier for students to get loans by cutting out the middle man (banks) is just a few of the good things that has happened that the repubs refuse to acknowledge. There are many more reforms and anyone that refuses to stand up for him are nothing but racists. I believe that is the basic cause of all this trouble. Repubs are racists. Some will admit it and others such as DeMint, Rove and Palin try to hide it by being against everything he tries to do.

    September 19, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. normajean

    The only thing to say to Chet Edwards, is work with your party or "get out of the way' We have had enough of the "NO" people to deal with and we suggest you get on board of get out of the boat. we don't need you.

    September 19, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. ICanHazTeePartiez

    so now insurance companies can't deny me the service i paid for based on a fabricated pre-existing condition? thats socializm! how are they sposed to make any money?

    oh poor poor multi-billion dollar insurance companies 🙁

    September 19, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. the real ib

    I see Kaine is still living in a dream world. He was in one when he was gov. of our state and did more damage to this state with his tax hikes and spending than any gov. I can remember.

    September 19, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. phoenix86

    Ouch!!! Time to get Kaine off the meds.

    September 19, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. D. Tree

    Democrats accomplished what every administration has tried: reforming our healthcare system to cover millions of uninsured Americans, while remaining deficit neutral.

    Overall, the reform not only ended discrimination for pre-existing conditions, it also slowed the inflation of uncompensated care of the uninsured, which would have brought costs higher than 30 percent for every American within 10 years. History will indeed vindicate the Obama and the Democrats for getting this done, where all other have only tried and failed.

    September 19, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Joseph

    This guy is off base saying that the health care is helping the dems.....i'll have some of what he's smoking.

    September 19, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    With all of the Americans WITH NO HEALTH CARE now – yes it is a BLESSING!!

    The Democrats should be proud of that accomplishment instead of JUMPING SHIP thinking it will save their jobs!!! In the long run, the Health Reform will SAVE $$$.

    When the bill was being debated – the RepubliCAN'Ts were SO MUCH for the bill but it needed CHANGES that they wanted to INJECT!! Now all of a sudden, in order to please the far-right Tea Party group – there is NOTHING good in the bill and it should be repealed in its entirety!!

    Come on Now!!! The American people are not STUPID!!!

    T'SAH the Liberal approves this message!!

    September 19, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Number of Democrats up for election who are touting their "yes" votes on Obamacare - zero.

    Number of Democrats who are touting their "no" votes - 45 and counting.

    And Kaine thinks Obamacare is a winning issue? His officeholders seem to disagree. Wonder how long it took him to construct this universe he lives in..

    September 19, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I think the followers of the Tea Party and Republican party should stop all their social security checks along with medicare/medicad benefits and then start fighting against it. Until then, they have no complaints.

    September 19, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Tom

    I am not sure what planet this guy is from, or what drugs he is taking, but except for, Iran's leadership, I don't think there is anybody more with their head in la la land thinking his party is going to come out on top. He was kicked out of office by his own constituents, the average person has bolted from the Dem party, and the Dems own members are slinging mud at the Holy Obama, and he actually things anybody believes him? Really, if I needed a lawyer (liar), he would be my man.

    September 19, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. harold

    Ask the dude if he has Health Insurance..... for his family?..His Pro family Insurance......

    September 19, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. barry

    The guy is out of his mind. He needs to stop even talking about Health Care law it just angers people all over again. My God who advises these people. Health Care is unpopular today it was yesterday and it will be tomorrow stop talking about it before the Nov elections. If he is the Democrats best and brightest we're in trouble. How ignorant!

    September 19, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. King

    All these patriotic teabaggers who rather to see 30 million people die because they dont have insurance they would rather see the rich get richer. By giving them tax break to invest in china bankrupting our country.

    September 19, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. D. Bunker

    What the lying teatards and GOBP propagandists won't tell you is that health care is unpopular because it didn't include the public option (thanks for nothing GOBP and conservative dems!). That's right, check the polling. The reason health care polls poorly is because the large numbers of sensible Americans who wanted the public option are lumped in with the neanderthals on the right who want the broken system of insurance company death panels to continue.

    September 19, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. Chipster

    malabar, are you kidding? What has the GOP done for you? Are you actually aware of their agenda? Besides wanting to force their idea of Christianity on every American, they plan to dismantle Social Security and Medicare. My Rep., Joe Pitts, told his faithful audience that he voted to extend unemployment but he did not! Bush/Cheney said plainly that they believe outsourcing jobs is good for America – why? because it busts the Unions and lowers your salaries, not your expenses. What are they offering besides more tax cuts for the wealthy?

    September 19, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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