Mass. Senate Race: Gibbs Acknowledges Depressed Democratic Voters

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Sam Stein Senior Politics Editor, The Huffington Post

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs acknowledged on Wednesday that progressive voters' disinterest and unhappiness was threatening what traditionally should be a blowout Senate election victory for Democrats in Massachusetts.

Briefing reporters in his office, Gibbs said he did not know "why some segment of political observers don't seem to be as motivated" going into the special election between Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley and Republican State Senator Scott Brown.

"There is a lot at stake," Gibbs stressed. "There is a lot at stake in the election for Massachusetts. There is a lot at stakes... as to whether or not we are going to go forward with ideas for economic recovery, creating a new foundation or are we going to go back to some of the policies that caused this type of economic devastation to take place."

Asked if that was an admission from the White House that the Democratic Party was having trouble rallying its base, Gibbs replied: "That was the premise of [the] question and I didn't dispute the premise."

Coakley, currently, is clinging to a very narrow lead according to several public opinion polls. And with the vote scheduled for Tuesday, outside groups and campaign committees have been forced to pour in a significant amount of financial resources behind her campaign.

And yet, even with the seat of a 60th caucusing Democratic Senator at stake, the White House is not prepping to offer much help. Gibbs re-affirmed, on Wednesday, that there are no plans currently for President Obama to travel to Massachusetts to campaign on Coakley's behalf.

Asked whether the administration has plans to get health care reform passed before the next senator is seated -- should Brown actually win -- Gibbs replied: "Not that I'm aware of."

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