Election 2020

Kerry Rolled Out by DNC in 11th-Hour Pitch to 'Safeguard Our Freedoms'

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia, on Oct. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Former Secretary of State John Kerry made an 11th-hour appeal to Dems today in a fundraising email sent out by the Democratic National Committee.

The longtime senator and onetime presidential nominee asked supporters in the DNC mailer to donate $3 as “history will remember this election as a major turning point for our party and our country, or a horrible turn away from who we’ve always been and what makes us proud to be Americans.”

“In order to restore the health of our democracy and safeguard our freedoms, we must elect a Democratic Congress tomorrow. It’s that simple,” Kerry said.

“Our country desperately needs a course correction — and if we wait until 2020 it’ll be too late,” he added. “In all of my decades of public service, I have never seen a leader divide us and pit Americans against each other like Donald Trump. He takes glee in an agenda and rhetoric that are dangerous for our country, and we simply cannot afford to let him go unchecked for two more years.”

That followed a last-minute appeal by former President Obama for Dems to get to the polls as “tomorrow’s elections are more important than any I can remember in my lifetime, and that includes when I was on the ballot.”

“We can tip the balance of power back to you — the American people — but only if our folks get out and vote,” Obama said in the DNC email. “This election will come down to how many voters we get out to the polls tomorrow.”

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued a similar get-out-the-vote message, telling ABC on Sunday that “it’s tight — it’s going to depend on voter turnout on Election Day.”

“Democrat enthusiasm is definitely there. We are seeing that in the early voting, in all of these key House and Senate races and Republicans have been matching,” McDaniel said. “So, literally, Election Day voting is going to determine the balance of the House. I’d say there’s about 27 seats within the margin of error. Obviously, we have had headwinds with 44 retirements and historical trends on the House, but I feel like we can still keep that majority. And then the Senate is a better map.”

“And if we keep the Senate, that will be defying history as well, because usually you lose three seats in that first term of a first-term president,” she added.