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David Plouffe, who managed President Obama's 2008 campaign and is now an adviser with the Democratic National Committee for the midterm elections, said Thursday the intense media focus on "extreme" GOP candidates such as Tea Party favorites Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle and Rand Paul will boost Democratic turnout nationally.
"It's had an effect. It's one of the reasons Democrats are saying they are more likely to vote," Plouffe said.

His examples: More Democrats -- 84 percent in October compared to 75 percent in September -- say they will vote for Rep. Tom Perriello, a Virginia Democrat in a tough re-election battle. And with Angle challenging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada, more Democrats -- 82 percent now up from 75 percent last summer -- said they were now going to vote, Plouffe said.
With less than a month before the Nov. 2 midterms, and with early balloting kicking in, Plouffe painted an optimistic picture for Democrats during an afternoon session with political reporters at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington.
Why the optimism? Plouffe said there is enough time for Democrats to extract more support from their base and engage "persuadable" independents to vote Democratic.
"We understand we have some headwinds here," he said, adding, Republicans "have an easier task than we do. They are going to get turnout, no matter what they do or don't do."
Plouffe sidestepped a question about whether he will join the Obama administration next year to replace Senior Adviser David Axelrod, who intends to return to Chicago by Memorial Day.
Here are highlights from the meeting with Plouffe:
Setting the bar high for the GOP

Plouffe, in a pre-emptive move, set expectations very high for Republicans to claim victory on Nov. 2.
"By their definition, success is winning back the House, winning back the Senate and winning every major governor's race," Plouffe said."When you've got winds this strong in your favor, that's the kind of election you know you need to have -- or it should be considered a colossal failure. So that's their standard."
He was asked what the Democratic standard for success should be. Hold on to the House and Senate, he said.

"And there is a pathway to do that."
Tea Party pushing GOP to the right

The success of O'Donnell, running for Senate in Delaware, and others will impact the 2012 contests, Plouffe said. "This is the absolute tip of the iceberg." He added, "if you are a moderate Republican thinking of running for office in 2011 or 2012, you need to have your head examined. They are not going to do it because this dynamic is only going to increase." Republican moderates such as Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana or Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine could face conservative challenges. "You are probably going to see many Christine O'Donnells all over the country," he said. "And this goes from their presidential nominee all the way down to the local level."
Rove group, other GOP interests, 'hijacking' democracy

Plouffe condemned the influence of GOP-allied special interest groups bankrolling Republican contests, targeting the Karl Rove-backed American Crossroads and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
"These are not just bit players in the election. They are becoming the central financial actors in the 2010 elections. One example: Colorado. The outside spending is double that (if you look from August 10 to now, so the last two months), double that what the Democratic and Republican nominees for Senate have spent. Colorado's not the only place, and it's only going to increase.
"So what's really happening out there is really a hijacking of our democracy. And this deserves an enormous amount of scrutiny. Why won't they disclose? Is there foreign money? Who are the wealthy individuals, who are the corporate interests, and why are they giving?
"I think our candidates have been spending a lot of time on this, the president's talked about this, we're going to continue to raise this. We think this deserves a lot more scrutiny."
Jobless rate won't impact midterm outcomes

Asked about new jobs numbers to be released on Friday, Plouffe said the high unemployment rate will not have a major impact on the midterm results with undecided "up for grabs" voters.

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He may be right about the number of democrats that will go to the polls in November,but they will not be voting democrat. They will be voting to thank Obama a crew for all they did for them as they lost their jobs, lost their homes, lost their cars, and had to relocate or move in with mother in law. They are mad because while all this was happening ,to the working class people that the democrats are suppose to represent, their elected officials chose to work on everything but the problem. Now they will go to the polls to thank them for everything that is the least they could do for all that hope and change they received!

October 08 2010 at 8:03 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Kenneth's comment

just how smart could it be to but back in control of our goverment the verry same peaple that created 6 tril;lion dollars pf debt loss mor jobs than was lost in the great depression left two wars raging and a huge entiltelment and huge ta]x cuts for the wealthy unpaid for and adding to our deficet daily.Whats those same senaters solution nowq why to return to the things they did then again.HOW DUMB IS THAT?

October 08 2010 at 10:42 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

Kenneth - Do you really think that the Republicans are offering better solutions? Or, are you just frustrated that your expectations are not being met? Frankly, I don't think that either the Democrats or the Republicans have a real grasp on what needs to be done to get us back on track. Neither of them is taking a tough enough stance on our international trade situation, and neither is being tough enough on American businesses that open facilities off-shore, while closing facilities within our borders.

October 09 2010 at 9:05 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Plouffe ran a campaign of promise them anything and do it from the center. Obama didn't deliver the rather high expectations or govern from the center. Obama is viewed as being a liar. No one will believe Plouffe this time around.

October 08 2010 at 10:52 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

Sounds to me that Plouffe is trying to keep from being unemployed. This kind of obvious self interest with no regard for reality is WHY the dems are going to be kicked to the curb.....YOU DESERVE IT!!! THE DEMS SEEM TO THINK THE THE PUBLIC IS LIVING THE GOOD LIFE INSIDE THE BELTWAY. Message to the dems and Mr Ploffe your resume. Maybe consider a change in career where your work makes a .welding,mechanic.

October 08 2010 at 8:29 AM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
John Vilvens

Plouffe needs to be unemployed for a while so he can see how it effects you. It is nice to know nothing about working hard, then losing your job, house and everything else. But he knows how it will effect that people that have this problem. If you cannot uinderstand the problem you cannot fix it. Time to get the people who cannot understand the problem out of office.

October 08 2010 at 8:12 AM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply

Hey jspe7 - Although I'm not personally one of the rich, why SHOULD they be taxed more? Since when is hard work rewarded by paying higher taxes? SIMPLE MATH LESSON - 33% of $90,000.00 is $30,000? Further, 10% of $15,000. is $1500 This same $15,000 wage earner can easily receive another $50-100K in TAX FREE ENTITLEMENTS -the best health insurance you can get, food, reduced rates for apartments and utilities, college tuition, monthly stipends, child daycare, THE LIST goes on! It almost makes me want to quit my 55 hour a week job, have a couple more kids, divorce my husband (but still live together and share a semi-maritial status), and join the lines at the welfare office!

October 08 2010 at 7:17 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

Why wouldn't the high unemployment rate be a HUGE factor in this election? That should be the biggest factor in selecting an elected official right now. I think perhaps that's some real wishful thinking on the Democrats behalf. Look, most people are not content just sitting back and living on welfare, food stamps, and subsidies! They would rather work, EARN their living, and seek their dreams. I also think it's REAL convenient timing for the Rangel and Water's ethics hearings! Let's get their seats "secured" then hear their side of the story! And as for their potential punishments - any of us would be fearful of jail and the government taking everything we have ever owned or worked for if we cheated the I.R.S. Innocent until proven guilty - I believe in that so let's try to prove them innocent in a speedy hearing. (TRY is a key word here!) As an "everyday" American citizen, I just shutter everytime I hear about preferential treatment given to Presidents, Senators, Legislators, Cabinet members, ANY government official, appointed elected, or otherwise! THEY WORK FOR US, THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE OF THE HIGHEST STANDARDS, their plates are supposed to be cleanest! If they can't be trusted to file their own income taxes correctly and with honesty, why the heck should we have to? How can WE, the people, trust them to make fair and HONEST decisions about things that effect our future, and that of our children, grandchildren, and the ages? They must think they're invisible and no one sees them. It's not just Waters and Rangel. It's ANY and EVERY public official!

October 08 2010 at 6:49 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Ok, so they might not be the brightest stars in the political firmament but where have the professorial elites taken us? There are many Americans that follow the Tea Party and we are in a representative form of government. Maybe we need some masturbatory oratory.

October 08 2010 at 3:50 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

Plouffe sounds like the cheerleader at a football game when her team is losing 66-0 in the fourth quarter and she is shouting GO TEAM GO. Plouffe serioulsy wishes the Tea Party was on his side.

October 07 2010 at 11:46 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Just remember one thing, dems have had control of the Senate and Congress since 2007. After 2007 Bush and the country have just been along for the ride. I want my government to spend less, not more, with the exception of protecting our borders and supplying our military.

October 07 2010 at 11:08 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

The lurch to the left we have seen from the Democrats has brought only debt, joblessness and oppression. I want a return to an America that creates rather than confiscates and destroys wealth.

October 07 2010 at 10:52 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Michael's comment

I'm with you Michael! We're creating an America where too many people HAVE to depend on the government for handouts! For some, it isn't a matter of choice, but for others, it's a way of life. Let's teach people to fish instead of forcing them to stand on the sidelines with their hands out.

October 08 2010 at 6:57 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

how asbout you give us some exsamples of just who you think it is that are standing on the sidelines with there hands out.Perhaps its the 5 biggest oil companys who Republicans gave a 19 billion dollar hand out perhaps it was poor children who need healthcare oh wait republicans refused them.Perhaps yopur talking about those multi national corporations that republicans gave a hand out to to take american jobs overseas.Perhaps it was those billionares who ask for and got a 1 trillion dollar hand out from republicans.Oh wait how about the 700 billion dollar hand out wall street came begging for and republicans gave them no strings asttached . It was those peaple mentioned above standing around begging for and getting hand outs from republicans you were talking about wasnt it?

October 08 2010 at 10:58 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply


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