Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham, Cuellar press Biden to name border czar Trump takes two punches from GOP The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that not only are endangered Democrats not running on healthcare reform, they're running against "the Obama takeover of most of society."

Graham, appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," said the midterm elections weren't about any sort of mass conversion to the Republican Party over the course of the Obama administration.

"I do believe it's a rejection of an agenda that scares people," he said. "The healthcare bill, the stimulus package, the financial regulation, all the spending was not what people expected from this president."


Graham pointed out how Democrats were shying away from healthcare talk on the campaign trail and disputed fellow guest Howard Dean's assertion that the health bill was moderate and mirrored Mitt Romney's legislation as governor of Massachusetts.

"The best way to evaluate the healthcare bill is that no Democrat is talking about it," Graham said. "The Democrats who are talking about it are talking about that I voted against it.

"Most Democrats in swing states are running against Nancy Pelosi and against the Obama takeover of most of society," he said. " So this is a rejection of an overreach of governing from the left ditch."

Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said President Obama's campaign efforts had put Democrats back on the map, though he conceded the economy and stubborn unemployment remained a problem.

"But I actually think we're going to hold the House and the Senate," Dean said. "And the reason I think so is I think the president, electorally wise, has done a really good job in the last three weeks convincing people that this is a choice, not a referendum.

"Frankly, we have better candidates than the Republicans," he said.