The Daily Rundown | November 02, 2012
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>>> i'd share it with anybody to move this country forward. if you want to break the gridlock vote for leaders whether republicans , democrats, or independents who feel the same way.
>> i'll have to reach across the aisle and search for good democrats who love america just like you love america. there are democrats like that.
>> we have to work together. these are critical times.
>> president obama and governor romney both promising a lot of bipartisanship if they win on tuesday but with dozens of congressional moderates from both parties headed for the exit thanks to retirement and some expected losses. don't be surprised if the 113th congress is actually even more idiosyncrasy logically polarized than this one was. the chair of the national republican committee chairman sessions joins me now. i give you kudos off the top. you were the lone voice who predicted republicans could gain seats in 2012 . let me read you the projection, they believe that the range on house is plus five gop to plus ten dem from charlie cook . their best, they think either between no net change or democrats with a small gain and eight plus dm, two plus republican. it is within the realm of the possible. how did that happen?
>> the possible happened because the republicans have not only aimed for and listened to the american people on the job and jobs creation problem but we have i think effectively sold that we'll deal with the issues exactly as the president has given them. there was $700 billion cut out of medicare. we had to fix that. we fixed that with a plan. we have a job creation bill. it's not just the 20,000 keystone pipeline jobs but millions more that need to be created across this country. we talked about doing the things which will grow our economy, add jobs, make sure that gasoline prices don't increase and we'll do things listening to the american people and working together.
>> what's the message on election night if voters of this country re-elect a republican house and a democratic president and democratic senate. that is a -- that is not a crazy scenario. that is right now if you believe all the public polling a fairly reasonable scenario. what is the message the voters are sending?
>> i think what will really happen, you remember back in wisconsin earlier in the year when we were told, hey, get ready. we'll stay up all night for this.
>> fair enough.
>> waiting for the answer from the wisconsin voter and it happened very quickly. i have been in 47 congressional districts this last month and in all 47 of the congressional districts that i went to the momentum i believe is on the side of the republicans . republicans based upon the american people wanting to do something about this jobs and job creation , about prices that -- prices at the pump.
>> but the fact is it is what do you say to this potential split decision ? what are voters saying? why is it that we potentially do both?
>> i think there won't be a split decision .
>> i think the decision will be made if mitt romney is that person and i think that is the point. you can't go and elect a bunch of new republicans . maybe it is five or seven. maybe just re-electing the great net 63 we got last time but it will be a resounding victory for house republicans because we have a plan and we will work with mitt romney and the american people no doubt.
>> let me ask you this. give me an example of a republican that if they win you're thinking, wow. republicans are going to gain seats. they're not just going to hold on to the majority and only lose a few seats. they'll gain seats. give me an example of one or two races that may be a little bit of a reach to people but will tell you something on election night .
>> well, we have several as you know, chuck, in the northeast. one is brendan doherty running in rhode island . today is probably an even seat in terms of where brandon is versus his opponent but it is a vastly different viewpoint. it is a huge democrat seat. and i think that brendan doherty can win that. go to outside st. louis, east into illinois, and we have jason plumber. jason plummer is running for a seat that has not had a republican in years.
>> jerry costello 's seat.
>> it sure is. two key states that will tell me early on where we are as a party. our messaging and how we're going to do throughout the night.
>> let me ask you about a couple -- a couple seats that, you know, if new hampshire, you're not holding on to those seats is that an indication of this night's not going as well as you thought? that staying in the northeast?
>> you know, it is hard to say. that would be an indication to me that then mitt romney would not be doing as well. those are both very competitive, very tight places, directly out of the boston markets they get a lot of massachusetts tv and mitt is not doing well in massachusetts. but i would say that i expect charlie will win those seats. we know they're very close. when you go into other traditional areas or nontraditional areas further south into coal country, pennsylvania, west virginia , ohio, that will be the count that tells the tale.
>> all right. pete sessions chairman of the national republican congressional committee in orlando i think campaigning for folks there. a lot of new seats being contested in the state of florida. it is going to be one of those, lots of swings there. chairman sessions, thanks for coming on.