October 31st, 2010
11:14 AM ET
12 years ago

Congress is ‘not a lost cause,’ says top Dem

(CNN) - History and recent polling suggest Democrats will most likely lose their majority in the House in Tuesday's election. But according to the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the chamber “is not a lost cause.”

“I think all these Washington pundits are going to be surprised,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I believe Democrats are going to hold onto the House.”

Although he said he is not “acting as if everything is great,” his optimism stems from strong early voting figures.

“The early vote indicates that, and all these independent voters that pundits said are going to vote two-to-one for Republicans – it’s not happening,” Van Hollen said.

He also said on policy, the momentum is with the Democrats.

“They are doing what voters should do, which is finally taking a very close look at where these Republican candidates stand on the issues, and they don’t like what they see,” he said.

Paul Lindsay, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee responded to Van Hollen's comments.

“They say the first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem, yet Chris Van Hollen and his party are still completely oblivious to the intervention they’re about to receive from voters on Tuesday night," Lindsay said. "The message the American people are prepared to send to Democrats has nothing to do with ‘secret campaign money’ and everything to do with the spending addiction in Washington that has stifled any hope of job creation in this country.”

Filed under: 2010 • Chris Van Hollen • Democrats • Republicans
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    You can't prove it by their behavior.

    October 31, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. GL

    According to the poll conducted by Lake Research Partners & Revolution Messaging at the "Rally to Restore Sanity," 86 percent of participants surveyed said they planned to vote Democratic this week, with eight percent undecided and just one percent voting Republican.

    And he might be right. I just want to know why CNN have not reported about the poll conducted at the Rally to restore Sanity? I know why because CNN is in bed with FOX NEWS!

    October 31, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. BigGrant

    Another sign the Democrats are oblivious to reality.

    October 31, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. vic nashville tn

    Karl Rove raising huge amount and pouring in to the campaign

    Sarah Palin firing up the far right to vote

    But Karl Rove and Sarah Palin can’t get along

    So after you subtract tea party members from GOP, democrats will have the majority

    I know democrats don’t lie

    October 31, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Nieisha Elder

    Congress definetly is not a lost cause, America was built on the foundation of principals, humanity, world of movement as we were.

    October 31, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Name

    How soon our nation forgets the 8 years of mess republicans left. you try and clean ur debt in a couple of years! Stay strong Democratics

    October 31, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Dave

    The republicans elected are evil. They cannot get along with anybody. I just saw that some of the ones running for representative and senate are looking to ban contraceptives. What next? They say they want less government intervention in our lives but then they say this. Sounds like talking out of both sides of the mouth.

    October 31, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Vote GOP - Greed Over People

    Sorry, Dude, I wish I could agree with you but if Nate Silver says we are losing we are losing, and he shows the Reds at 232 on 11/3 the majority is 218 in the House. We will hold the Senate however.

    It may not be a wave, but it will be a majority big enough to install gridlock in the House over the next 2 years, since all the blue dogs are losing(good, rather have a self identified Red in the office anyway, that way you know the enemy) and at least racist Rand will win if not anarchist Angle with her "2nd amendment solution", so, you will have liberal Dems and ultra conservative neo-cons, with the self stated goal of not working with President Obama so he will be a one term President.

    The next 2 years will not be pretty for this great country.

    October 31, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. vic nashville tn

    @GL Thanks for the information
    This is the only reason I love reading blogs we can get more information

    May be next Sunday I want post my comments on blogs because many candidates want to talk after the election I am not ready to post comments for stupid’s statement

    October 31, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. ThinkAgain

    There are more registered Democrats than Republicans in the United States.

    All the Dems have to do is get out and VOTE on Tuesday!

    October 31, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. George

    Democrats have to win we don't want to go backwards So make sure we get out to vote. Vote vote we the middle class needs you.

    October 31, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Even if you buy into the lie that tax cuts for the wealthy create jobs here in the U.S., why would you want our country to be lead by a bunch of whiny complainers who:

    – have no new ideas
    – demonize their opponents instead of actually engaging in civil discussion
    – want to lower the minimum wage
    – want to eliminate the Department of Education and Department of Energy
    – want to de-regulate Wall Street and privatize Social Security, given Wall Street all our retirement money to gamble and lose
    – use fear, lies, hatred and division to further their agenda

    Lastly, why would you ever want to reward the childish behavior of a group of people who have had no qualms trying to make things so bad for the average American, that people will vote for them our of fear?

    Is this what you think our country is all about? Letting the hysterical, ignorant fringe rule the day?

    If you do, then SHAME ON YOU!

    October 31, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. Bill

    How in the world could Van Hollen possibly know whether a voter who has voted is an independent or not? This kind of lie is exactly why the Dems are in trouble. Kind of like their lying about Obamacare & their constant lie about how many jobs the stimulus "saved." they dont know that & neither does anybody else. The Republicans have done nothing right for 10 years & the public still prefers them to the liars they have now. Wow.

    October 31, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Susan

    If the Colbert rally in Washington is any indication, Democrats are not going to stand by and let the republicans and teabags
    take over the capitol. This was just hype from the talking heads. The Republicans only plans were to obstruct, not to resolve issues. The voters will not forget. I will personally watch Fox News on Tuesday night. I will get a kick out of them having to announce that the Democrats are the real winners. Vote Democrats, just vote.

    October 31, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. RobRoy

    Wow CNN is reporting something that sounds true. Will miracles never cease. Yep it took the Republicant's 8 years to Bankrupt the country and half the world and they expect Obama to fix it in two years. If the Republicant's get any power they will set us behing another 8 years and we'll never get out of thier mess.

    October 31, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. vic nashville tn

    After read GL comments I found this on that poll
    This poll open my eyes

    Please rate Obama as president.
    56 percent–strongly approve
    34 percent–somewhat approve
    8 percent–somewhat disapprove
    2 percent–strongly disapprove.

    Its was interesting some people disapprove with president because he didn’t do enough only small % disapprove his policy

    Main stream media don’t ask this question why they disapprove with president not enough or they don’t like the policy
    But main stream media ask yes or no and say president approval rate hit low

    Mains stream good at spin the polls shame

    October 31, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Onesimple guy

    Are we, Americans, so ignorant and fanatics to go back to the same policies of the Budh years? As an independent, I would feel really sorry for this country if that's the case.... Peace!

    October 31, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. Bob in Pa

    The institution of Congress isn't a lost cause, but the current human bodies occupying the seats there are.

    October 31, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Tony

    It is a lost cause only if Democrats stay home on election day. According to many polls, Republicans are ahead only with respect to the likely voters, which do not include the young voters and other voters who traditionally stay home in the years with no presidential election. When all registered voters are considered Democrats are still in front. If Democrats don't want to listen to Republicans trash-talking them for the next two years, they can shut Republicans up by showing up on election day..

    October 31, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. eyerolling

    I read in another article that according to Harvard University, Liberalism and Sarah haters are caused by genetics... So I guess all I can do as a read the comments from the EXTREME left (nothing against the moderate) is to roll my eyes and tolerate them because they're born with it like being short and gay.

    I just didn't realize that blindness is part of their genes.

    October 31, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. zon

    dems spent more from outside groups this cycle. dems are running the smear and fear campaigns this cycle. dems made it ok to call women whores this cycle. dems tried to railroad a black dem so a white lifelong repub cud win in flrda this cycle. dems voted for a mentally stunted sexual deviant to represent them in the senate fight in S.C. this cycle. yeah, u knw what? dems are pure class. totally innocent. hahaha, lean forward u fools and enjoy the spanking! MUAH!

    October 31, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |