April 13th, 2014
11:14 AM ET
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Democratic campaign chair: 2014 too early to call

(CNN) - It's too early in the game to predict which party will clean up in November's midterm elections, Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Sunday.

But his Republican counterpart, Rep. Greg Walden, indicated Obamacare and a still-struggling economy are issues enough to stoke enthusiasm for the GOP in this year's election.

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Israel, a New York Democrat, told CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union" it's premature to predict November will be a boon for the GOP.

"You never predict the ninth inning in the first inning," he said.

"And as a Mets fan, you don't predict the ninth inning in the ninth inning," Israel added, acknowledging Democrats have had more difficulty turning out voters in midterm elections.

A CBS poll highlights that enthusiasm gap. The national survey showed 70% of Republicans are excited about the midterm election, compared with 58% of Democrats who said the same. The poll showed 47% of independents said they were excited.

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Israel pushed back on the findings, suggesting it's still too soon to attach electoral significance to those numbers.

"On that poll, the two most important words were 'in November.' It's not November. We are the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, not climate committee. We don't worry about the climate. We build out campaigns," he said.

But with Congressional approval ratings dipping to record lows, Walden, a Republican from Oregon, insisted Americans aren't judging Congress just by its Republican members.

"Congress is controlled also in the Senate by the Democrats. So when you talk about Congress approval ratings, remember, you've got Harry Reid and the Democrats running the Senate," he said.

Democrats, keenly aware of the drop-off problem in midterm elections, have been talking about the minimum wage and equal pay - politically powerful issues they hope will motivate their base to show up in November.

Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report said this strategy is "the best they’ve got."

"The President's at 42%, the economy is still struggling. The real question is, will it be enough?" she said on CNN’s "Inside Politics."

Democratic strategist and CNN political commentator Cornell Belcher said on CNN's "State of the Union" that Democrats need to expand the electorate, as Republicans struggle to gain support from groups like minorities and women.

"If in fact the electorate looks in '14 as it did in '10, Democrats will lose across the board," he said.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Democrats are destroying this country. I am an independent, but I see only subversives, in the Democratic Party, at this time, seeking to destroy this country, and NONE will get a vote from me.

    The Democrats might as well be Russians, or Iranians...........they are attacking America, as severely as any foreign power.

    April 13, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. MistaRichit

    @Rick McDaniel

    What information influenced/led you to developing this mindset?

    April 13, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Lily

    The economy still struggling doesn't mean if republicans are elected, will change it. One has to remember in which situation "W" left the economy in. As far as I can remember, he was republican and still is.

    April 13, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Rick – the republicans shut down the government at a cost of $24 billion, caused a credit downgrade that may cost over a trillion, are responsible for two unfunded wars, unfunded drug programs, tax cuts for the wealthy, obstruction in the house and senate, so the GOP is nothing more than a band of second rate domestic terrorists.

    April 13, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Chris-E...al

    Democrats hate america and the god given freedoms she stands for . If they dont we cant tell at this time . .

    April 13, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. just asking

    democrats have been in control of most of our federal government now for 8 years. democrats controlled both the house and senate for the last two years of the bush administration and we got the worse recession this country has seen since the great depression thanks to their insane policies. but with the help of the lsm, they were able to lie and con the american people into thinking it was all the doing of one person in the white house, somebody who had no power but to sign or veto whatever the democrats did.

    so the con job worked and the lsm sold us the great messiah community organizer that gave great teleprompter speeches and who would save the country and economy. democrats and obama spent close to two trillion dollars (borrowed dollars) promising to restore the economy and jobs. neither happened. what we got were record unemployment and record debt and deficits and still to this day, record unemployment.

    but not to fear, democrats had more disaster waiting in the form of the takeover and destruction of our healthcare system in order to solve a few problems. the whole thing would need to be destroyed and re-constructed by liberal democrat politicians in order for it to work. what we got was a disaster 2,700 pages long that nobodty read that spawned 20,000 pages of new federal rules and regs. millions losing their healthcare coverage and costs for replacement that were obamacare compliant through the roof. and of course, the lies of the liar in chief coming to light. sorry, lies, all lies about keeping your plan, keeping your doctor, keeping your hospital, screw you american people. democrats know best what you need. and that $2 trillion in costs (dobule the original estimate and still climbing), pay no attention to that either because we are plush with chinese money.

    who in god's green earth wants anymore of this democrat nightmare??? maybe the people making out at other people expense. but one thing is for sure, democrat policies are destroying the middle class and more people remain unemployed for record time, millions more go on food stamps and fall into poverty. democrats think the answer is to pave more roads like all of the unemployed are road repair crews!

    to vote for more of this democrat insanity is to outright vote for the destruction of this country.

    April 13, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Rick, you have never identified yourself as an independent in more than 5 years of posting on here. Please don't bother adding to the lies you've been attempting to pump out on here, since even a quick glance of your posts shows a boot-licking, subservient, slavish devotion to every whack-job theory and idea the Right has allowed to creep out since 2008. Even your attempts to label Lincoln as a war criminal are from the Bircher wing of the whack-job Right. Don't insult independents by attempting to lie about your beliefs.

    April 13, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Fed Up

    That should read, struggling economy stokes Republicans enthusiasm IN the GOP. Anything to bring the country down so they can give the illusion of 'making it better.'

    April 13, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. J Anthony

    @Rick McD: can u be more specific? How are Dems any more or less incompetent than Repubs? Neither party are capable or willing to initiate the kind of drastic structural change neessary to improve things for the majority of people; the partisan drivel that goes on day-in-day-out is pure distraction at this point. are you capable or willing to look beneath the surface at root-causes? The problem is as much the system itself as it is the people who run it.

    April 13, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |

    The KOCH BROTHERS are nothing more the JOHN BIRCH SOCITY GOP CHEERLEADERS. Get ready to LOSE the house In November . All GOP clowns across the country SHOULD BE VERY AFRAID of another LOSS worse then 2012 Ronny BEATDOWN !!!!!

    April 13, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. imalib

    I don't care what anybody says, I'm voting for more government mandates on me and my family, more NSA spying, more IRS targeting of political groups, more debt, more deficits, more unemployment, more food stamps, more poverty, more free phones, open borders and 30 million illegals flooding into our country and a carbon tax that will drive the cost of gas and electricity through the roof. Yes, I am certifiably insane. That is why I vote a straight Democrat ticket.

    April 13, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. don in albuquerque

    Rick McDaniel

    Independent? Bwahahahahahaha!

    April 13, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. J Anthony

    @just asking: yours is the kind of partisan drivel that i refer to. Everything you moan about can also be aimed at Repubs when they are in power. And if you truly understood how the debt-based monetary-system worked, you would see that the national debt is a false debt imposed upon the people without their comprehension or consent,, a century ago. It can be rectified but first citizens have to understand it. Why do you think Cheney said "deficits don't matter"? He understood. You need to educate yourself as much as possible, we all do, before you spout off. It goes beyond politics and effects everyone.

    April 13, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    According to justafool, once Democrats took over the house and senate, Bush quit being president? There may even be truth in that.

    April 13, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    To vote republican means an end to ACA, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, programs for veterans, programs for the poor, an end to banking regulations, an end to voting rights, an end to environmental and safety regulations, an end to the minimum wage, an end to women's reproductive rights, etc. Kind of like Somalia has become the republican Utopia.

    April 13, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Democrat Party Campaign Slogan: EQUAL MISERY & POVERTY for ALL

    Please vote for Democrats for at LEAST 1-3 more election cycles. Or goal of destroying this evil country is within our grasp. In a few more years, we can ensure the USA is no longer a threat to the world by dismantling our military and granting cart blanche to our adversaries around the world. We can also ensure that a large majority of people in this country will be unemployed government dependents. We can also guarantee at least 20-30 million more illegals in this country because all of you white people are pure evil.

    April 13, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. nintex

    @just asking: Whew! After reading your post I'm ready to go out and shoot myself in despair. But wait! A look around at the country and things aren't quite as bad as you describe them. The economy seems to be getting better – (don't you ever listen to anything but FOX?), people who are enrolled are pretty happy with the ACA, the stock market isn't too bad, and Texas may get some rain some day.

    What a negative, gloomy, unhappy person you must be to keep spouting that kind of crap over and over. You keep harping on the same old worn-out phrases – it's getting pretty predictable when I see your name what I'm going to read. Cheer up, the democrats will have the White House for the next ten years or so, and things will continue to get better and better and then you'll have something happy to write about. Smile!!!

    April 13, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Mike in Texas

    @ just asking,

    You are using time correlation to lay blame for the cause of the economic collapse on the Democrats. You did not state one policy the Democrats passed that Bush signed into law. You talk of all these crazy policies but can't even name one. All you did was rant and offered nothing of substance. But now I can see why you vote Republican. You share the same mindset. Tear apart your opponent with rants of nothing of value and offer no solutions. Say how bad the other guy is but not say why you are good. You see the posts of Rudy in NYC and Sniffit and RS and others and they actually can give details and information. You and people like Fair just spew nonsense.

    April 13, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |

    Obamacare, the ACA is doing FINE!!!! And as for the economy, the only DRAG on it is the GOP sence Obama got elected , THE FIRST TIME. The GOP stratagey IS , TO DO NOTHING until 2016 and keep collecting their pay checks.

    April 13, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Mike in Texas

    Republicans love to use time correlation to explain things. Romney tried this when he said that more women lost jobs under Obama then men. This in a vacuum is true but he didn't explain that millions of men already lost their job and the jobs that were still being lost after Obama took office were help by women. Analogy, The New York Yankees won the World Series in 2000 which was the last World Series held under Bill Clinton's term. The Yankees did not win their next World Series until 2009 which was the first World Series under Obama's term. So under the eight years of George W Bush's term the Yankees did not win a World Series. Based on what Republican's say, it's Bushes fault then. We know that's not true but that's the mindset of some people in here.

    April 13, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. Gunderson

    Um Sorry Lily,
    "W" didn't leave us in dior straits. Liberals did that over the last 100 years. People voted for it.

    April 13, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Miami Mike

    Dems can run on the following to ensure success:
    – the economy not going to well... Here's some free stuff

    – in the country illegally? Here's some free stuff and we'll help you break the law indefinitely

    – If you don't vote for us, we have the NSA and the IRS to put you back in your place

    – follow Melowese Richardson's example. Vote early. Vote often.

    – did I forgot to mention we give you free stuff? Let those middle-class suckers pick up the tab!

    April 13, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Gurgyl

    Republican Party is a cult...

    April 13, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |