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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Democratic Strategy in 2010

Republicans lead in the generic congressional ballot, but Chris Van Hollen, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, tells Newsweek that Democrats have a strategy for victory:
He explained that in '94, voters saw the Republicans as a viable alternative. This time, the Democratic strategy is to get people to focus on what it would mean if they were to hand Congress back to the Republicans. The Republican brand is still in the doghouse with the voters. And running on repealing health-care reform is not a winning strategy as people become familiar with the bill's benefits. Van Hollen characterized Republicans as "copilots with the insurance companies." Initial reports are positive from Democratic members at home for spring break in their districts. "It's not like people are all of a sudden converts," says Van Hollen. They want to know what's in the bill, and how it affects them and their families. "They're uncertain about the bill, but they like what they see."