President Joe Biden on Sunday touted the results of the midterm elections, as Democrats are expected to maintain control of the US Senate after Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto narrowly defeated Republican Adam Laxalt to win re-election in Nevada.
“We feel good about where we are right now. I know I’m a cocky optimist,” Biden told reporters in Cambodia after NBC News and other news outlets predicted his party would retain a majority in the Senate. He added that he was “not surprised” by the turnout.
Democrats defeated several candidates backed by former President Donald Trump to retain at least 50 seats by 2023. Control of the House of Representatives is yet to be determined, with several races looming.
Before Cortez Masto’s victory, which puts Democrats above the threshold needed to secure a majority in the Senate, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona won his re-election contest in Arizona, defeating Republican Blake Masters, NBC News projected Friday night. Trump endorsed both Laxalt and Masters and furthered his false claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
In an interview on NBC News’ Meet the Press Sunday, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, blamed his party’s underwhelming performance on candidates who campaigned on Trump’s denial of the election.
“I’ve learned that the American people want a way forward that’s actually focused on ideas and ideas that will make their lives better, not just for their lives but for generations to come,” Cassidy said. “Those who are most closely associated with the former president did not fare so well. Those who talk about the future or who have run their countries well have outperformed. The American people want ideas. They want a future.”
On the “Fox News Sunday” program, Rep. Jim Banks, an Indiana Republican who chairs the Republican Study Committee, acknowledged that the election results were disappointing for his party and refused to endorse Trump, who has repeatedly suggested he would soon announce a presidential election in 2024. The Bid .
Despite calling Trump a “very popular figure” in the Republican Party and a “very effective president,” Banks said he would “save his endorsement elsewhere.”
Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said he believes it’s time for the party to take a step back and prioritize, pointing to Trump for his lackluster performance.
“It’s basically the third election in a row that Donald Trump has cost us the race, and it’s like, three strikes, you’re out,” Hogan said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“This should have been a huge red wave. It should have been one of the biggest red waves we’ve ever had,” he added. The “sensible conservatives” who won focused their campaign on popular issues with voters like the economy and crime.
Meanwhile, Democrats joined Biden in celebrating their election victory, with some also pointing to Trump as the reason they beat the Republicans.
“So why did we win? Three reasons. First, we had great candidates. They had flawed nominees. Our nominees were talking about issues. They cared about people. The incumbents accomplished so much. Their nominees were talking about lack,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters. At a press conference in New York on Sunday.
“Secondly, we won because we had a really good agenda that we had already passed that helped the American people with the things that they care about,” Schumer said. “And third…we won because the American people rejected the kinds of tyranny some, MAGA Republicans, wing of that party were talking about.”
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was “very proud” of the Democratic candidates, who she said “know their goal.”
“They knew why they were running, to protect our democracy, to save our planet, to protect our values and the rest,” Pelosi said. And they didn’t heed any directive from “you have to change your message”. They knew their regions. They were attached to their constituents. And they achieved a great result.”
About “Meet the Press,” Senior Adviser to the President Anita Dunn said, “It’s very clear what the goal of President Biden and the Democratic Party is. They’re for the workers, for the middle class, for policies that change what happened next.” During the last 40 years in this country, as the rich got richer, the people at the top did well, and the rest lost ground.”