October 31st, 2010
02:37 PM ET
12 years ago

Democrats see hope, Republicans temper expectations

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In what are either last-minute head games or reflections on a shifting electorate, Democrats are predicting better-than-expected results for their side while Republicans are downplaying the extent of their expected victory in Tuesday's congressional elections.

With less than 48 hours before polling booths open, the comments on Sunday talk shows stayed true to the anticipated Republican gains in both chambers of Congress but continued to differ widely on exact totals.


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  1. GuyinVA

    And so it begins. Every time the U.S. faces job losses, higher unemployment, or anemic economic growth, the democrat party (along with their enablers/cheerleaders at the 3 major networks) tell us the numbers were "worse than expected." Now, if the republicans don't win every seat contested, we'll be told the result was "better than expected."

    October 31, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. Chipster

    This election should not even be close! I'll never understand voters. Why would they give Republicans 8 years to destroy our economy and expect Democrats to restore in 18 mos? That's crazy! We ended 2008 with 4 straight months of 500,000+ job losses per month. Now, we have 5 straight months of positive private sector jobs. We have consumer protections against abusive credit card company practices and an end to abusive health insurance practices. Insurance companies cannot take our money year after year after year and then kick us out of our plan when we get a serious illness! They can no longer deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. More people will have health coverage and taxpayers won't be paying as much for uninsured people going to emergency rooms instead of a doctor. Medicare and the VA will save $500 million because the Bush BAN on negotiating drug prices has been lifted.

    What the heck do voters want? Do they really want to return to Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that will raise the deficit to $4 trillion in the next 10 years? Why? Could someone explain that to me?

    October 31, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. anthony

    Republicans have already started tempering expectations because they know that once they get the House back, there is little they can do. The Bush tax cuts are still in effect, so it is not as if they can cut more taxes, given the size of the deficit. Restoring spending to the 2008 level will not help. Boehner said that restoring spending to 2008 level, which means no new spending from Obama is included in the next year's budget, will save 100 billion. This will not help much when the deficit is 1.3 trillion.

    October 31, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Joey

    The republicans must have seen the rally in Washington yesterday. They have yelled the loudest, but the American people
    have showed up to show that the Republican and teabag fear machine won't be allowed to take over.

    JUST VOTE DEMOCRATS!!!!!!! (We clearly outnumber the extremists.)

    October 31, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. ClarityFirst

    In two years the Democrats have not been able to undo the effects of the Republicans’ UNnecessary and UNfunded Iraq war, the UNfunded tax breaks to the rich who did not need them nor ask for them, the UNfunded Medicare prescription drug program, the UNfunded No-Bid contract to the pharmaceutical industry, the UNfunded TARP program, the UNfunded No-Bid contracts to Cheney’s Halliburton nor their UNfunded and UN-vetoed out-of-control-8-year spending spree.

    Nor have the Democrats been able to undo the effects of the “Bank Modernization Act” (what a euphemism) sponsored by three Republicans that deregulated the financial industry to the point it caused a near melt-down. The costs of regulation seem pretty puny compared to the costs of deregulation.

    It thus seems ironic that we hear so little about the Republicans’ first 750 billion UNfunded TARP stimulus plan, but hear non-stop about the Democrats’ stimulus to correct the virtual depression they inherited. Perhaps this hypocrisy is just another Republican Family Value, or do Republicans truly “misunderestimate” the real cause of our economic problems?

    The tax breaks are the single biggest cause of the deficit. If these tax breaks were to stimulate the economy and create jobs, where is that economy and where are those jobs?

    The only solution seems to be to fight irony with irony, namely to vote the Republicans back in to rewards the party that brought us this "party."

    Again, the tax breaks are the single biggest cause of the deficit. If these tax breaks were to stimulate the economy and create jobs, where is that economy and where are those jobs?

    October 31, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Ks

    dems supporters to come out in full force....see u tuesday......will prove the nay sayers wrong. when the state of the economy is what it is......just cause to make things better will prevail above all.

    October 31, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Barbara

    Just because Democrats aren't loud mouths, doesn't mean we aren't going to vote.

    October 31, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |