House Dems exceed 2011 goal
October 13th, 2011
10:04 AM ET
11 years ago

House Dems exceed 2011 goal

(CNN) - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Wednesday they reached their recruitment goal for the year, with 60 Democrats running in open House districts across the country.

The Democratic House fundraising arm launched their "Drive to 25" campaign earlier in the year, pledging to recruit at least 60 Democrats by year's end. Democrats need to win 25 seats in the 2012 election to take the majority in the House.

DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel said Democrats have "the wind now at our backs" heading into the next election cycle.

"Buyer's remorse has set in with Independent voters across the country who reject the Republican agenda that ends Medicare and fails to create jobs while protecting special interests and the ultra wealthy at the expense of the middle class and seniors," Israel said in a statement.

Joanna Burgos, a spokesperson from the National Republican Congressional Committee said, "the biggest vulnerability for everyone on this list is that they all fully support President Obama's job-destroying agenda."

The announcement follows two polls out Tuesday that indicated Democrats leading Republicans on a generic ballot in the battle for Congress. A Reuters/Ipsos survey showed Democrats ahead of Republicans by an 8-point margin, 48% to 40% and the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed voters would prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, 45% to 41%.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Not only do we need for the Republicans to keep control of the house, but we also need for Republicans to get control of the Senate, and put a stop to Obama's pawn in Harry Reid. A simple majority, forcing a change in majority leader, is all that is required, to allow government to function, again.

    October 13, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. ricky vee

    Woman In California

    Let's show ALL the (R) thugs the door in 2012 so we can finish moving this country forward.


    Typical response from a Cali liberal. As her state collapses under the pressures of hardcore spending debt and rampant illegal immigration brought on by uber-liberal policies, she then wants to advocate for more of the same. Stunning.

    October 13, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. ricky vee

    Independent Voters

    I will help the democrat take back the congress. I am tire of these republicans stopping everthing that going to help our country.

    Democrat 2012
    ----------------------------------------------------– i said above the DEMS voted down Obama's jobs billand the killed his budget with a 97-0 vote. The DEMS had a super majority and di nothing qith it but pass a very bad bill called Obamacare. Please come back to earth and vote GOP...

    October 13, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. SiriusVH

    Do you know which state has the highest rate of foreclosures in the nation?

    Nevada, with a rate of foreclosures of 1 in every 44 housing units.

    Yet, Nevada has been under GOP governorship ever since 1999. I would have thought that Republicans would have made sure that banks in Nevada did not lend money to everybody and his brother. I would have also thought that people in Nevada, being as financially responsible as Republicans are allegedly known to be, would not have borrowed money to buy houses they could not afford.

    So, is the situation in Nevada just another example of the usual GOP "Do as I tell you, not as I do" hypocrisy?

    Or is it that people in Nevada are so much in love with free markets and de-regulation that they have let their banks lend money to everyone in sight and people are now paying the price of that orgy of free enterprise? Isn't unfettered capitalism great?

    Either way, I doubt that any of these people will ever admit that something was wrong.

    October 13, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Maggie

    I agree with you 100% Rick. Republicans need to keep their majority in the House and then win the majority in the Senate. Reid had been a failure as the majority leader there. He will not allow any of the House policies to get passed and the democrats want to blame the Republicns as being the" party of no" when Reid is blocking everything that comes to the Senate. And finally, the Republicans will win the Whitehouse and we will then get good policies going to enable the job markets to open up again and get unemployment under control. This cannot be done with Obama in the Whitehouse he has no idea as to what should be done. He is a complete failure and needs to be voted out in 2012 to get our country back on the right track.

    October 13, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    Phil, when you talk about who helps the middle class and the needy you really need to get past the rhetoric and pay attention to results. When Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reeid had full control of the federal government for 2 years, who did they help most? Who did best in that time frame? The middle class and the poor? Not at all. Unemployment went up like a rocket. The unions did very very well. The oil companies and banks enjoyed fabulous wealth and boom times. Look at results, not rhetoric.

    October 13, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    Those of us that unemployed are still waiting for the JOBS, JOBS JOBS the lying GOP promised in 2010.

    I do not need an abortion, but I do need a job.

    October 13, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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