Rep. Wasserman Schultz: Democrats’ ‘Momentum is There’: Key Dems ‘Actually Up in the Polls’

By Maya

Oct 7, 2010 4:34pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Democratic leaders and strategist are a bit heartened by the recent rebound in poll numbers, citing them as evidence that the “enthusiasm gap” is narrowing. On ABC’s “Top Line” today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a vice chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told us that Democrats have a superior get-out-the-vote operation that’s starting to kick into gear. “We’ve been aggressively implementing our ground game, which has gotten us to victory in seven straight special elections — competitive special elections,” said Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. “We've been literally doing thousands and thousands of door knocks, phone calls. We have a grassroots operation that is second to none.” Democrats see progress in making the election into a choice between the parties, she said. “We've been talking, race-by-race, about the difference between where we were and where we are now,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Voters, as you can see with the polls starting to close, the so-called enthusiasm gap [is] significantly narrowing race-by-race.     “Democrats counted out months ago are now actually up in the polls. So we think that he momentum is there, and with  early voting starting in 27 states in the next week or so, we are far stronger than Republicans in turning out in the early-vote time period , as well as the absentee ballots . So we expect that in the majority of races across the country, our candidates are going to come out on top because we're talking about what Democrats have been doing.” Wasserman Schultz was a strong supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. She said she still wants to see a presidential run by Clinton — after President Obama runs for reelection this year. “In the travels I've made across the country, I've met so many supporters of Hillary Clinton who are just bursting with pride over the job that she's doing as secretary of state,” she said. “I would love to see her run in 2016, but we are all singularly focused right now, if you care about this country, if you care about the direction the country will go in, on creating jobs and turning the country around….” “A 2016 bid is a long way off,” Wasserman Schultz added. She also said that Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Fla., still stands a strong chance of winning their home state’s three-way Senate race. “Don't count out Democrats ground game. He’s running against two solid Republicans who have conservative voting records, conservative principles. And our state is certainly not out on the right-wing fringe where either Marco Rubio or Charlie Crist — depending on what day it is — have lived for a long time.” Watch the discussion with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz HERE. We also checked in with Reid Wilson, editor-in-chief of National Journal’s The Hotline, about campaign positioning over the last few weeks, plus the tough choices facing Democrats as they allocate last-minute resources. Watch the “Top Line” segment with Reid Wilson HERE.

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