Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine expressed confidence Friday night that his party will fare well in the midterm elections, charging twice that Republicans are bringing back "architects of the lost decade" to propel their campaigns.

"It's going to be tough," Kaine said on MSNBC. "Midterms are always tough for parties in power, but the Republicans are showing their hand. They are adopting a game plan that is basically bringing back the architects of the lost decade -- Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie and others -- and Americans, they might not be happy yet, but they don't want to go backward, and I think we're going to have a very easy time pointing out that's where the Republicans will take us."

Kaine said that the smaller donations coming into the DNC from individuals showed that the party had a strong grassroots campaign force.

"We are climbing a ladder that we built with no help from the other side and the right answer for America is to keep climbing, not to go back in the ditch," Kaine said.