"Our candidates across the country grabbed hold of that nationalized debate and have vocalized that debate in their own districts," he added.
In response to a question noting that the momentum-generating August events Israel cited were outside of their control, and events in the next two months will be as well, Israel agreed but said that "how we grab those fumbles" is in their control. "A lot of what happens is out of our control, but what is in our control is if we exploit those opportunities," he said. "And we have exploited those opportunities."
Responding to a question on outside group money, Israel acknowledged that super PAC cash was the one element out of their control that kept him up at night -- and will continue to keep him up at night (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair Patty Murray also said
, at a briefing last night, that the outside money keeps her up at night). But he argued that while in 2010 there was no Democratic response to the outside money infusion, there is one this year (he cited House Majority PAC) and that it would be enough to compete.
Israel said that if September and October were as good as August was for Democrats, they could win the House.