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Published On: Tue, Sep 18th, 2018

Former DNC head Donna Brazile explains Kavanaugh attack: Democrats can win the Senate and block Trump

The former DNC head turned Democratic party operative Donna Brazile said Democrats are “not overconfident,” but “confident” enough that they can “run the tables in the Senate.”

Alluding to the true motivations behind the last minute accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, Brazile said ABC’s This Week: 
“Look, at the beginning of this cycle, we thought that the Republicans would take 60 seats in the Senate.

“…But Democrats are doing well in states that Donald Trump won in 2016, Joe Manchin is doing very well, Claire McCaskill is doing very well in the great state of Missouri. And you know what? Senator Nelson, despite the fact that Rick Scott is spending a lot of money down in Florida, he’s doing very well. Doing well in the Midwest and I think Democrats have a opportunity to pick up Nevada and Arizona.”

“We’re confident. Not overconfident, but confident that we can run the tables in the Senate,” Brazile added.

Full transcript at the bottom.

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JONATHAN KARL, ‘THIS WEEK’ GUEST HOST: Let’s start with an election that as of tomorrow is just 50 days away. Democrats have been favored for some time to win control of the House, but there are now indication that the Senate is very much in play. Our colleagues at FiveThirtyEight say Democrats have a one in three chance of taking over the Senate. So Donna, you are familiar with how difficult this map is, this Senate map for Democrats. Does that sound right to you, about a one in three chance of winning the Senate?

DONNA BRAZILE, DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVE: Absolutely. Look, at the beginning of this cycle, we — we thought that the Republicans would take 60 seats in the Senate. But Democrats are doing well in — in states that Donald Trump won in 2016, Joe Manchin is doing very well, Claire McCaskill is doing very well in the great state of Missouri. And you know what? Senator Nelson, despite the fact that Rick Scott is spending a lot of money down in Florida, he’s doing very well. Doing well in the Midwest and I think Democrats have a opportunity to pick up Nevada and Arizona.

So yes, we — we’re confident. Not overconfident, but confident that we can run the tables in the Senate.

KARL: Governor, Mick Mulvaney said that — that Republicans could actually even lose in Texas. He said of the Ted Cruz, Beto O’Rourke race, sometimes the likeability of a candidate matters.

FMR. GOV CHRIS CHRISTIE (R-NJ), REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST: Well, likeability always matters. But —

KARL: Could Ted Cruz lose?

CHRISTIE: No. Ted Cruz is not going to lose. And — and by the way, I don’t think you’re going to see Joe Donnelly win in Indiana and I don’t think you’re going to see Claire McCaskill win in Missouri. I mean, Heidi Heitkamp’s still running for her life. So, you know, listen, I love Donna but, you know, she’s not betting any money. I know Donna. She’s not betting any money on the fact that the Democrats are going to win the Senate.

The Republicans are going to win the Senate and they’re probably going to add a few seats to that majority. Maybe they get to 53 or 54. They’re not going to lose with Martha McSally in Arizona. And — and — and Joe Manchin is a unique candidate in West Virginia. He served as the governor for two terms and people get to know their governors and — and — and really have an investment in them. So I think that when you look at the Senate — that one in three thing, remember, FiveThirtyEight was also saying, you know, President Hillary Clinton.

So I’m not going to rely on them too much.

About the Author

- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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