The Daily Rundown | November 06, 2012
>> south carolina democratic congressman jim clymer . good morning to you.
>> good morning. thank you so much for having me.
>> i want to start with sort of a question i had to david plouffe . what does it say about america that maybe they'll re-elect a democratic president but it may be that republicans not just get re-elected to run to chrome the house, they may gain seats. what does that say to you? what message are they sending about governing in washington, d.c.?
>> well, i think they will maintain the status quo. i've seen polls forever that talked about how low esteem people have for members of congress. but when they started talking about their personal congress person it's a little bit different. and so we run 435 separate elections and if you don't create some kind of a wave effect, which has happened in the last two or maybe three congresses, then you aren't going to have much change. and no way it took place yet. i think that governor haley barbour was accurate about how things ran month after month after month and here we are now in the last day and it's a very close election . no way one way or the other. that will not have an impact on the house of representatives .
>> steve, you have a question for the congressman?
>> congressman, if democrats lose seats in this election, is nancy mropelosi going to survive as the minority leader or will you have a leader shship change at the top?
>> it all depend on what she wants to do. if she wants to run for re-election, i guarantee you she will be re-elected. she has the votes to do that, no question about that because most members on the democratic side understand exactly what we are up against. we had redistricting that went really against us in a real bad way. we've had these changes with so many election laws in florida, ohio, pennsylvania. north carolina , my lord, we got decimated in north carolina because they have a rule there that the governor has nothing to do with it. whatever the legislature decides to do, that's what it will be. when the republicans took over the legislature in north carolina , that was just doom for us. so these things happen. enough people in the process, you knew after 2010 that we could expect this kind of a result with redistricting.
>> congressman, you are the member of a body who has the lowest approval ratings, the congress of the yunited states, 11% of the people max approve of how you've been doing your job down there. whoever wins this election is there a core is there a core group or cross- party lines within the house that you think can be the beginning of a new era in congress or if whoever with wins do we continue with the gridlock that is already in place with all due respect, both sides are responsible.
>> tom, thank you so much for that question because you hit the nail on the head. yes, there is a core group within the congress. i was on the super committee. i was on the biden group, and you may recall i kept saying time and time again that if it were left up to the 12 people in the room we would reach a deal on the deficit reduction plan that everybody wanted. the fact of the matter is it was not left up to the 12 people in the room. there was always a 13th member standing outside of the door and we all know who that was and that has been the story of this entire situation. so when you got the so-called tea party movement that you said, i think yesterday i heard you say that they aren't going away, no they aren't. i think more and more people are coming online now. they're seeing what their absence in 2010 yielded to us and i think people are going to get engaged in the process going forward like they never have before. that's the feeling i'm getting out here. i've seen young people showing up at the polls that we never saw before right out of high school . very emotional about this election.
>> congressman clyburn, i have to leave it there. we're running a little behind here this morning, but we'll have you back. i assume we'll be saying you've run re-election, but you never assume these days.
>> youio never know.