DNC chief: 'We’re going to hold the Senate'
© Anne Wernikoff

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) said on Sunday that Democrats will hold the Senate, adding that people heading to the polls next month won’t be voting for President Obama.

“The president isn’t on the ballot here,” Wasserman-Schultz said on “Fox News Sunday.”

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“Republicans are desperate to put him on the ballot because they’re trying to turn away from their own terrible record.”

Senate Minority Leader “Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.] is trying to make this election about anything but his own record,” she added.

Republicans have been trying to link Democrats in tough races with the president, who is largely unpopular in many states -- especially the ones with close races for the Senate.  

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus said on the same show that Democrats are trying to “walk a very difficult balance” by both distancing themselves from President Obama while also being stuck to his record.

Republicans will win control of the Senate in November, he predicted, because “No. 1, the president has taken the country in the wrong direction.”

Wasserman-Schultz countered that Republican Senate candidates are on the defense in South Dakota, Georgia and Kansas, three “blood red states" that should show her party has an edge going into Election Day.

“We’re going to hold the Senate,” she said.

Republicans need a total of six new seats to pick up the majority in the Senate, a gain that many analysts say is increasingly possible.