Schumer: 60 Senate seats for Democrats 'unlikely'
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Charles Schumer of New York told CBS on Sunday morning that the Democrats will do well on Tuesday, but might not achieve a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority.
"I think we are going to have a pretty good night," Schumer said. "If you would have told me a year ago that we'd be where we are now, I'd be very surprised...The bottom line is, I think, Wednesday morning, Democrats are going to be very happy because we're going to pick up a whole lot of seats. As for 60, that's very, very difficult. It's possible, but unlikely."
"Of the 11 contested states," he went on, "none are deeply blue--a whole bunch are deeply red--so, even though the wind is at our back, it's hard. But I will say this: With 56, 57, 58--we'll be able to get a lot done in the Senate and help change the country."
Schumer declined to comment on Senator Joseph Lieberman, an "Independent Democrat" from Connecticut who has worked with Democrats but backed Senator McCain for president. "Leader Reid, who's a good friend of Joe's, has said we're not going to debate that, discuss it, 'til after Tuesday," he said, "and I'm sticking with Leader Reid on that one."
The following video is from CBS' Face the Nation, broadcast November 2, 2008.
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