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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  1. Four and The Door

    "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,"
    Not when the Independents look at the incredible turnaround in federal government cost-control directly as a result of a Republican majority in the House. Speaker Boehner and the Republican House started right off by affecting a $100 billion reduction ib the 2011 federal budget. As well, their focused efforts under considerable back-pressure from Obama resulted in swweping spending cuts being worked on by a bipartisan commission in connection with the federal debt ceiling increase. Obama and Harry Reid demanded no cuts would be done, but the Republicans have been successful. All Americans should be proud of the accomplishments of the Republican House of Representatives just in the 10 months they have been on the job. Success like this is what gets voters coming back with support.

    October 13, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Republican who supports President Obama

    I am keeping my fingers crossed they get the majority. The current hyperpartisan GOP has done NOTHING for this country except hold back and obstruct progress at every turn. They have lost my confidence and will not get a single vote.

    October 13, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. NoTags

    There will be a lot of Members of Congress who swore their allegiance to Grover Norquist rather than to this County looking for a job after 2012.

    October 13, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Larry L

    This is a critical election. America needs to remove the radical Tea Party candidates who appear hell-bent on destroying Social Security and Medicare. The 99% of Americans need to have representation in the Congress – not just the 1% the Republicans support.

    October 13, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. gt

    the democrats need to dump Nancy she has been the best freind the G O P has had....another thing the democrat party has to stop is loosing blue dogs ... or it wont be 25 it will be 50 they need...and Debbie Wasserman is a joke...then you might have a chance to get back in power..

    October 13, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. MTATL67

    I do not believe in polls. You can show that a ham sandwich is more important than air if the question is phrased right. I do not care or want to hear about what President Obama did or did not do. It does not matter. If the Republicans want my support then they have to prove to me that they deserve my vote. The Congressional Republican have not proposed any ideas or plans or willingness to work with their colleagues to get Americans back to work. The Congressional GOP'ers gave $260,000 to squirrels in Kentucky and $200,000 for a simulator in Tennessee but they will not give $1 to get Americans back to work. No they have not proven themselves to be worth of my vote.

    October 13, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. 1crusader

    Nothing is usually 100% of any one person's or group's fault; but in this case, the main reason that this country has come to a halt is because of Republican obstructionism; and realistically, not very much will get accomplished unless they are out of office.If they stay in power in the control of the House( even in large numbers, without the actual control, or in the Senate hold a large number of seats, and can filibuster), and make gains through winning more seats, and/or the White House ; they will try to undo Medicare, Medicaid,i important agencies, like FEMA, the EPA; and privatize Social Security.This is very serious.

    October 13, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. james Miller

    What`s that smell ????? Smells like lobbiest`s $$$$$ to me. And BOTH party`s are equally guilty.

    October 13, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. ChumBucket

    and where does the highest percentage of his contributions come from?

    Wall Street.

    this president couldn't even get his own party to back his "jobs plan" so it failed in his democrat controled Senate.

    obama is a joke, a very bad joke.

    October 13, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Debbie Wasserman is one of the best things to have happenned to th Democratic Party. She's got chutzpah, gumption, brains and hse's not afraid to use them.
    You go Debbie!!!!

    October 13, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. S.positive

    President Obama will win in Nov 2012...

    October 13, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. ricky vee

    Funny, the liberals here are so detached it’s a stunning indication of why the House, Senate and WH will all be GOP controlled after the next election. Get used to it libs because the country has soundly rejected your far left vision of how the country should be run.

    @DM4OBAMA – Wasserman-Shultz is foam at the mouth she-male that is so radical she has done irreversible damage to her party. Thanks to her, Obama and the Dems now " own the economy".

    @S.Positive – time to put down the crack pipe.

    @icrusader – How is the GOP obstruction anything when the Senate voted down Obama's budget 97-0 and they failed to get he votes for his " jobs bill " in the Dem controlled senate??

    October 13, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Kick these damn GOPTEApartiers out of office. they lied and caused scare tactics to get elected.......They've done nothing while there.
    Obama 2012!!!

    October 13, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. dave richman

    The prez is looking at yet another failed boost about himself. Remember when he said he will raise one billion --- well it ain't happening folks and he's a looser again.

    October 13, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Billingsy

    Do you suppose they will understand that it is the people, not the politicians are supposed th manage the country. The Government/Congress is supposed to make the laws as fair as possible, within the U.S. Constutition. That means, in a Nutshell, all the Big Social Programs, that are strangling the country need to be brought to and end. If the States want to continue them, they can. And folks, the Conservatives/Republicians expect you to book your own life, not turn it over to the Government. The Liberals/Democrats have given you 9 to 17 percent Unemployment, 46 million on Food Stamps, 15 percent below the Poverty Level, the Housing Bubble, etc.

    October 13, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. 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

    October 13, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. PA_outof work

    The Democrats in the House, Senate the teleprompter president are in trouble with the voters, the Democrats put us in this mess and there will be no second chance for Democratic Party in Congress. If the Democratic Party continues to support Obama and not run another candidate; you will see the Democrats get massacred in the 2012 election. There won’t be enough Democrats left to call it a party.

    October 13, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. dave richman

    Obama raises millions ----- everyone has raised millions ------ where's the story?

    October 13, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. ObamaSupporter

    No doubt, Obama will win in 2012. I see the rethuglicans Love too see America in a whole. Thats why they don't want to agree on anything with Obama. He has my vote in 2012. Obama 2012!!!!

    October 13, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:
    Obama's greatest challenge is the baggage of 2 1/2 years and $5 trillion of failed efforts.
    What baggage? And, you math is off. You are lumping Bush's last year on Obama. The biggest problem is that conservtives, especially Tea Partiers, refuse to own up to the fact that it was Republicans who created the annual trillion dollar deficit problem in the first place. Bush's own economic advisor predicted it, and they fired him for speaking up.

    FY2008-2009 = $1.5T deficit (belongs to Bush)
    FY2009-2010 = $1.5T deficit (belongs to Obama)
    FY2010-2011 = $1.3T deficit (belongs to Tea Party House)

    The total deficits since Obama took the oath do not add up $5T. The first year was Bush's budget. The most recent year is lower because we finally climbed into positive month to month jobs growth territory. At least we had positive growth until the Tea Party came to the Congress.

    Today you are bragging about Boehner's $100B spending cuts. A couple of months ago you were lamenting about how those cuts were not real because Reid and Pelosi had fiddled the numbers. Today you are blasting the meager monthly jobs report. At the start of the year you were bragging about the +200,000 jobs report being a result of "job creators" knowing that the Tea Party was in Congress. Stop flip-flopping.

    October 13, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. redpens

    Obama was in Pittsburgh the other day and no Democrat was anywhere to be found. He wants to cut the hours of service for truckers so we won't make the money we've been making since 2004 when we could drive 11 hours instead of 10. If hours of service are cut, we will have to hire more drivers to handle the freight we handle now driving 11 hours. Shipping costs will increase if the trucking industry has to pay more drivers and these costs will be passed on to all consumers. Obama is in over his head. The Democrat-held Senate won't even vote for his jobs bill. No way will I vote Democrat in 2012. If Democrats were smart, they'd dump him now and tell Pelosi she can't be Speaker. Once people remember her in 2012 they'll run away from House Dems.

    October 13, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. ithink122

    All the voters have to remember on election day is what the GOP controlled House has done since gaining the majority. Nothing. They haven't passed into law any piece of job saving or job creating legislation. All they have done is stonewall progress and play the blame game. It's possible, if not easy, to get things passed if you are willing to compromise. You don't get everything you want, the other side doesn't get everything they want, but you each get something.

    We have had divided governments in the past and they have managed to work. Republicans and Tea Partiers this time simply refused to even listen, sometimes even to their own ideas from their own lips several years ago. If the American public decides they want a congress that does nothing, doesn't even accomplish their own stated goals (except to make the president look back) they will vote them back in. If they wan't a congress that actually manages to accomplish things, even if they don't always agree with them, they will vote for the Democrats. Either way, its up to the people.

    October 13, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Phil

    Apart from four and the door not knowing the difference between affect and effect, there's once again a massaging of the "facts." He doesn't talk about the effecting of $100 billion being taken largely at the expense of the poor and middle class while once again, leaving the super rich untouched. Four and the door, you can trumpet slashing this or that, but what you don't trumpet is the fact your clown college never met a corporate welfare check they didn't want to send out the door right away. Big oil subsidies? Never mind they made $39 BILLION in profits.. the poor beggars need a subsidy..... To trumpet away..... as with everything the Republicans have done - and theyve done precious little except the kiss butt issues of abortion and banning Sharia law, or as they call it the pressing issues on every voters mind (hope you get the dripping sarcasm there), they've don't NOTHING to EFFECT any improvement in this country's ecnomic woes or jobs. The only change they are trying to EFFECT is to gut the Environmental Protection Agency to leave the polluters of this country with a free hand to keep polluting in order to make a profit. Republicans are blind to the idea you can have less pollution and MORE profits.....

    October 13, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Woman In California

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

    October 13, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. vic , nashville ,tn

    Many hope democrats will win 2012 living in conservative neighborhood, Last year we thought we got it so we changed all representatives from city to DC. In 10 moths its got worst many couldn’t find jobs every 20 house there is one house for sale

    We had enough with republicans they are spending more time with social issues

    October 13, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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