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October 28th, 2014
05:38 PM ET

Carney: Democrats are going to have a bad election day

(CNN) – Former White House press secretary and CNN political commentator Jay Carney predicts November 4 will be a bad day for Democrats.

"Democrats are ... going to have a bad election day, no matter how you slice it Republicans are going to pick up seats in the Senate and the House, and they may win control of the Senate," Carney said on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"(Democrats) need to mobilize their base voters, and that's especially true of minority voters, and they are playing hardball," he said.

Carney was responding to Republicans accusing Democrats of releasing racially-charged ads and using fear to boost voter turnout. A radio ad from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's Super PAC in North Carolina ties candidate Tom Tillis to Trayvon Martin.

But Democrats aren't the only ones playing the race card. The National Republican Congressional Committee released an ad in Nebraska, which even the former chairman of the Republican party Michael Steele called racist.

"A lot of advertising pushes on the edge in terms of emotion it tries to call up," said The Weekly Standard editor William Kristol. "But hopefully voters look past all that."

For more of the discussion between CNN political commentator Jay Carney and The Weekly Standard's William Kristol, check out the video above.

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