“There’s going to be a lot of people looking at this awful hard.”
Democratic operative James Carville said the Democrats are leaderless and face an uphill battle if they want to win back the Senate from Republicans in 2018.
Carville, former President Bill Clinton’s campaign manager, told John Catsimatidis on the Cats Roundtable radio show that Democrats have a better chance of retaking the House than they Senate.
”If a party is out of power, and we don’t have a presidential candidate, there is no one going to be in charge until sometime in 2020,” Carville said.
“Right now most Democrats are trying to focus on the 2018 election,” he said.
”I would say we have a pretty good chance of taking the House back. The Senate is very, very difficult,” he said.
“I think there is good chance, maybe a 50 percent chance, the Democrats win the House,” he said. “In the Senate (the chances) are substantially less.”
Carville said Democrats also have to retain seats in states that President Donald Trump won in the 2016 presidential election, adding that it will difficult to do so.
“The problem in the Senate is we have a large number of seats we have to hold in states that Donald Trump carried. Indiana, Missouri, you know, places like that we have to hold seats,” Carville said.
Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate and a 240-194 majority in the House of Representatives.
When Carville was asked about how many candidates would run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, he said the number would be in the “double digits.”
“I can’t say if it will be 10 (or) it’ll be 17. And there will be a number of serious candidates who are going to run on the Democratic side. And our party needs that,” he said.
”There’s going to be a lot of people looking at this awful hard,” Carville said, naming New York Gov. Chris Cuomo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sen. Corey Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Sen. Kamala Harris of California as prospective candidates.
Carville said that Democrats will use the Republican health care bill as a major talking point in the 2018 Senate elections and the 2020 presidential election.
“The problem with health care is this: Anybody that moves to change health care loses. … It is one of these things if you pick it up, it bites you,” he said.
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Source: Western Journalism