Democrats Blame Bad Communication; Republicans Blame A Misguided Message

Two governors sparred over the message Democratic candidates are sending this election— if it’s the right one and if it is even being heard at all.

Governor Ed Rendell, D-Penn., started it all by blaming the Republican voter excitement on his party’s bad communication. Rendell said on CBS “Face the Nation,” “I think this administration has done a great job... We just did a lousy job communicating it.  We let the Republicans, to their credit, out-spin us a year-and-a-half ago, and we're paying the price.”

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, disagreed, “I don't think it's about communication.  I think it's about the product.  They're trying to sell something that isn't any good.  And what we have now is an economy that remains in the doldrums.”

There wasn’t much agreement about what will happen after this election either.

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, is not sure the next couple of days matter much. “You have to look at this time period, as Governor Rendell suggested, as 21 months where we've been stabilizing things.”

Klobuchar insisted, “Now it's time to move forward…. I think courage is not necessarily going to be standing up alone in the coming years.  It's going to be standing next to someone you don't always agree with to work for this country.”

Congressman Peter King, R-N.Y., on the other hand doesn’t seem much room for bipartisanship, “If we do win, we'll have a mandate, though, to start cutting back on spending.  If we just come in and just start splitting the difference with the president, then, to me, we'll be turning our back on the voters that elected us.”