Beltway Happenings
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November 5, 2006--Two days before Election Day the chairs of the congressional campaign committees continued to make the rounds.  Here DCCC chair Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), NRSC chair Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), NRCC chair Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY) and DSCC chair Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) answered questions after appearing on NBC News' "Meet the Press."
Here's what they said on the program:

Reynolds - "What I look at is there's about three dozen hotly contested races across the country.  They're in the margin of error, and right now, the 72-hour efforts by the Republicans to turn their vote out will make the difference of what it looks like on Election Day."

Emanuel - "There's one to two Democratic seats that I am concerned about, with about 48 Republican seats that we are contesting.  And I like those margins and those numbers going in...  I'm confident that we have put—that we are playing offense across this country in every region of this country."

Dole - "...Let me talk about what is normally regarded, as you guys talk about the firewall with Virginia and Tennessee and Missouri.  And we’re winning in all those states.  Now, I wanted to expand that firewall, because I have a much broader firewall.  You look at, at, at Rhode Island, the state of Montana, these are very, very tight races.  And then we’ve been putting money into three blue states."

Schumer - "...We're right on the edge of taking back the Senate.  I wouldn't open up the champagne or do the high-fives, but we are feeling very good, something we never would've said even three months ago."

The two New Yorkers share a word before leaving.
Copyright © 2006  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action