November 1st, 2010
06:39 PM ET
12 years ago

Kaine stands firm on Dems keeping both houses

(CNN) - In an election eve interview, Democratic National Committee Chairman and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine remained upbeat about the Democrats' chances in what pollsters are predicting will be a tough midterm for the party that won big two years ago.

"We're seeing some of those tough predictions," Kaine told CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer in an interview on The Situation Room. But, Kaine said "We believe we'll hold on to both houses."

As for Republicans, Kaine said "They think they'll take both houses."

"Four months ago the Republicans were saying they were going to be winning both the Senate and the House. Now they seem to be backing away from their claims about the Senate. "

Kaine said that in early voting results, which he is watching "very closely," "We are seeing Democrats doing very, very well."

As for races he will be keeping an eye on, Kaine named the governor's race in Ohio where Democrat Ted Strickland is hoping to be reelected over his challenger, Republican John Kasich, and the Pennsylvania Senate race between Democrat Joe Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey as two to watch.

Asked whether a bad outcome for Dems in the midterm could spell a tough reelection for the president in 2012, Kaine said "I'm not particularly worried about it."

"The midterms are almost always tough for the party with the White House." Kaine said, adding, "I think he (President Obama) has the right attitude about it."

Filed under: 2010 • Congress • Democrats • The Situation Room
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. S. in California Laughing In Anticipation Of How Well Democrats Turnout At The Polls

    I agree with you 100% Mr. Chairman. Democrats will DO JUST FINE as long as we ALL vote. The republicans are preying on the less informed and the ignorant. Those of us who KNOW what's at stake will turn out in FULL FORCE and we will OVER POWER and OVERCOME the misfits.

    November 1, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are trying to steal the American vote before people go to the polls. They've done it before and they'll do it again.

    November 1, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. Vote GOP - Greed Over People

    So, the GOP picks up 54 seats in the House, those were simply the former "blue dog" Democrats that have been replaced by cons brave enough to state publicly they are republikkkans. I say good riddance, at least we can identify the "enemy" now.

    No cowering cons in Dem's clothing, right Blanche?

    November 1, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Joey

    I think that Kaine is still at the liberal restore sanity rally. He will see a red tidal wave tomorrow night that begins on the East Coast and sweeps on to the West Coast. Goodbye Demmies.

    November 1, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. D. Bunker

    Given all the phony landline polls our so-called "liberal" media has been pushing, apparently to discourage Dem turnout, Kaine could be right. The mask is off the traitorous corporate lackeys that make up the GOBP. They have no viable ideas, only a slavish devotion to their failed cult of deregulation, tax cuts for the ultrarich and global unfair trade. They care only about their own personal wealth and furthering the goals of their faceless and nameless corporate backers. They certainly have NO interest whatsoever in helping the average hardworking Main St. American. Vote accordingly.

    November 1, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. fellow Virginian

    Kaine is in denial and I don't mean the one in Egypt.

    November 1, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Yeah, keep telling yourself that. Get out your lucky rabbit's foot, give it one good rub and maybe it will come true.

    November 1, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. Right Leaning Independent

    Tim Kaine is an incredible forecaster or a complete moron. Tomorrow we shall know the answer....

    November 1, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |