New poll has Democrats on edge for 2018 midterm elections


♪ TODD: WELCOME GRIFF: WELCOME BACK. NANCY PELOSI AND THE DEMOCRATS SEEM CONFIDENT THEY WILL RETAKE CONGRESS IN 2018.>>I THINK EVERY POLL NOW IS DOUBLE DIGIT THAT PEOPLE WOULD VOTE FOR DEMOCRAT OVER REPUBLICAN AS, SHALL WE SAY, INCLINED TO SUPPORT DEMOCRATS. GRIFF: NOT SO FAST, NANCY. A RECENT 2018 GENERIC BALLOT HAS VOTERS PREFERRING THE G.O.P. OVER DEMOCRATS 39% TO 8%. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR 2018? HERE TO BREAK IT DOWN IS JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, JOHN, TELL ME, THE DEMS THOUGHT THEY HAD THE ADVANTAGE, NOW THIS POLL CHANGES THINGS.>>THE PRESIDENT’S LEADERSHIP. WHAT’S GOING ON IS 40% OF THE AMERICANS THINK THE COUNTRY IS HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. UNDER OBAMA WE HIT THAT NUMBER IN THE LAST TERM. THE PRESIDENT NUMBER’S GOING UP HIS APPROVAL NUMBERS IN THE 040S. AMERICANS THINK THE ECONOMY IS GOING TO GET BETTER 56-32. THAT’S THANKS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP. THE BAD PART THAT’S HOLDING US DOWN IS IN OUR LATEST POLL IN FEBRUARY, WE HAD MCLAUGHLIN ONLINE.COM THE G.O.P. APPROVAL RATINGS ONLY 37%. IT’S 58 DISAPPROVE. WE GOT TO GET CONGRESS TO VOTE. WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW IS THE DEMOCRATS ARE BEING EXPOSED. THEY COMPLAINED ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S STATE OF THE UNION, WHICH, IF YOU WATCHED IT, OUT OF THE 46 MILLION PEOPLE THAT WATCHED IT, 75% APPROVED. BUT YOU HAD DEMOCRATS SITTING ON THEIR HANDS, COULDN’T EVEN CLAP FOR POLICEMEN, MARINES. THEY BASICALLY WALKED OUT ON THE PRESIDENT. AND THEY WERE EXPOSED. THEY WERE EXPOSED IN THE NOW WE HAVE GOT TO GET REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE TO MAKE THEM VOTES ON THINGS LIKE WORK FAIR. EVEN ON TERM LIMITS. MAKE THEM VOTE ON THE THINGS THAT THE PRESIDENT IS PROPOSING. GRIFF: YOU SAY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS REALLY BEEN THE FACTOR, IT’S CHANGED THE ADVANTAGE OVER TO THE REPUBLICANS. LET ME ASK YOU, MITCH MCCONNELL, LEADER OF THE SENATE, SAYING THAT HE EXPECTS THE REPUBLICANS TO LOSE SEATS, THE “NEW YORK TIMES” HEADLINE WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE THAT THEY COULD EVEN LOSE THE SENATE.>>WE SHOULDN’T, BECAUSE I TELL YOU WHAT, AND SENATOR MCCONNELL WHEN HE RAN SENATE CAMPAIGN WAS VERY GOOD AT THIS. WHEN WE GAINED SEATS. I WILL TELL YOU WHAT, WE ONLY HAVE 8 SEATS UP OUT OF THE 34. THE DEMOCRATS ARE ON THE LINE AND 10 OF THE DEMOCRATS ARE RUNNING IN SEATS IN THE SENATE. THAT DONALD TRUMP CARRIED THOSE STATES. FOUR OF THOSE STATES WERE CARRIED DOUBLE DIGITS. SO WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO GAIN SEATS LIKE NORTH DAKOTA. MISSOURI, INDIANA, WEST VIRGINIA. WE’RE GOING TO PUT THE DEMOCRATS. WE HAVE GOT TO PUT THEM ON DEFENSE. WE HAVE GOT TO GO AFTER THEM AND MAKE THEM VOTE. SENATOR MCCONNELL HAS TO MAKE THOSE SENATORS VOTE ON POPULAR ISSUES SO THE VOTERS CAN SEE WHAT THEIR CHOICE IS IN NOVEMBER. WE SHOULD NOT LOSE SEATS IN THE SENATE. THE HOUSE WILL BE TOUGHER TO HOLD, BUT WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO HOLD THE HOUSE, TOO. GRIFF: JOHN, LET’S TALK VERY QUICKLY BECAUSE WE ARE ALMOST OUT OF TIME. INDEPENDENTS IN THE LATEST POLL 25% G.O.P. 26 DEMOCRAT. 49% UNDECIDED. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE INDEPENDENTS WHERE THEY ARE RIGHT NOW. AND IS PELOSI A FACTOR THAT COUNTS AGAINST THE DEMOCRATS IN THE INDEPENDENT COLUMN?>>WELL, THERE IS TWO THINGS. ONE IS THE MID TERMS WE GET A LOWER TURNOUT. YOU ONLY GET BETWEEN 80 AND 90 PEOPLE COME OUT. DEMOCRATS SEEM MORE FIRED UP. WE HAVE TO GET THE TRUMP VOTERS. WHEN I WAS PART OF THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN, PRESIDENT TRUMP — WE GOT 9 MILLION MORE VOTERS IN 2016 THAN 2012. HE WAS THE REASON HE BROUGHT THEM OUT. WE HAVE TO GET THE TRUMP VOTERS BACK OUT. THE SECOND THING IS THE INDEPENDENTS, WE HAVE GOT TO TURN THEM AROUND. WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT SENATOR MCCONNELL AND LEADER RYAN GET THE DEMOCRATS TO VOTE ON THINGS THAT INDEPENDENTS AGREE WITH YOU US ON. GRIFF: YOU WERE A POLSTER FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP. WHERE IS HE?>>WHERE IS HE? GRIFF: WHERE IS HE ON THIS?>>HE IS PUSHING HIS AGENDA ON INFRASTRUCTURE. HE’S PUSHING HIS AGENDA ON IMMIGRATION. THOSE ARE MAJORITY POPULAR THINGS. THE HOUSE AND SENATE NEED TO VOTE ON IT. GRIFF: SILENT TRUMP VOTERS IN 2016, GOING TO SEE THEM IN 2018?>>IF THEY GET A CHOICE TO SEE THEIR VOTES MATTER TO GET THOSE PASSED THEY WILL

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