Carville: Democrats need to wake up
Former Indiana Senator Evan Bayh reacts
- Duration 4:24
- Date May 9, 2012
Former Indiana Senator Evan Bayh reacts
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-- -- -- top Democrats sounding the alarm on this election with a bold message to his party.
Wake the blank up.
James Carville warning Democrats that nothing is in the bag here and that there is a realistic chance the Democrats will not only lose the White House.
But also the senate come November.
Was in here.
A lot of people have too much of an incumbent mentality in this part of this -- -- attitude that we're gonna win no matter a lot -- that they had a point to stuff might well electoral map looks good thoughts are.
You know Ohio looks good that kind of stuff and that's not how elections -- want.
There one of our doorknob then get on the offensive end and stand and -- -- combination of that in plus.
Descent of Romney's just a really -- bad opponent who is -- and I think unwarranted optimism among Democrats.
Does he have a point.
Joining us now former democratic senator Evan Bayh of Indiana -- also a Fox News contributor.
Senator welcome back to the program.
Kabul went on and this is based on an opinion piece he wrote where he said.
Basically wake up Democrats because this.
Romney's a mess we're gonna win the White House not to worry and donors who weren't forking over the big -- thinking it's not necessary this time.
He suggested are gonna cost the Democrats this election.
We'll make and he could be exactly right.
All indications are this is going to be a very close election hard fought.
People aren't happy about the direction of the economy.
They know the deficit is a problem you look at Europe -- the way governments are being turned out there.
I think the current average of the most recent polls has the president ahead but by only point 3%.
So this is the kind of thing that is going to be determined by events in the way the campaigns are run over the next six months.
I -- the house probably remain a Republican hands but it you know could be close the senate senate could be 5050 could go either way so I think.
I think -- rules are exactly right to sound that the warning against complacency.
He said in his that you wrote in his written piece you can shoot five bin Laden's you can say 101000 banks in twenty car companies even -- the most sweeping legislation a modern American history.
If people don't think you're connected to their lives and fighting for their interests they will book -- -- to push out of office and -- nano second.
Do you think that that Barack Obama is having trouble.
Convincing people of that connecting to people as -- puts it.
I'm not sure that's the president's greatest weakness.
Make -- when you look at the polls people like him personally.
When asked when you ask the question who shares my values or cares about people like me.
He tends to do a little better on that.
But we ask about Mitt Romney people tend to agree with his more conservative.
And they know that the the -- get issue in this election is jobs the economy and growth they don't like the way things have happened so much over the last three years so you -- all that out.
And it's a very very close race so -- the bottom line as if the president can make this a choice between two people.
And succeed in criticizing Mitt Romney enough to make him not an acceptable alternative to -- Americans the president wins are you have it's just if if if it's just a referendum on do you like the way things are going in the country today.
The president's in trouble on that.
And that's raising the messaging you're seeing from both campaigns along with what you have the same experience that Carl having -- and other Democrats -- -- assuming that it's in the bag for president Obama's second time around.
Well they're -- does -- to be an echo chamber that exists or get the same kind of people talking to one another and they can't understand what the rest of the country doesn't believe exactly the same.
Things they do.
That was compounded that by some parts of the Republican primary where some of the more the most conservative elements.
I got to highlighted it got kind of -- and nasty and so a lot of Democrats said oh well they're destroying each other note that this is in the bag.
But were very closely divided country and this election's going to be very close and that's what it's gonna make -- so fascinating to follow over the next six months.
This is gonna come down to just a handful of states -- three or four states that could go either way and so the way the campaigns are run.
Events for example does this we recent problems and in Europe that -- the president because it -- slowed on the economy.
On the other hand oil prices are trending down now price of the -- may come down that virtual -- some helps the president some so just following things like that it's going to be very close.
It's yes attacks his piece about what you mentioned -- incumbents getting ousted already you're -- is an anti incumbent sentiment as a son 2010.
Senator Evan -- thank you -- -- it always a pleasure season.