Jon Corzine

Jon Corzine of New Jersey, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, was Wednesday's guest. Here are excerpts from his remarks:

On the Democrats' view of the economy as a campaign issue:

"I wouldn't want to be running on this economic record: 3.1 million [lost] private-sector jobs, a $700 billion negative cash swing ... [and] a trade deficit that requires us to borrow $2 billion a day. Three-fifths of the job loss has been in states where the Senate has elections in 2004."

On his party's election prospects for 2004:

"We have a real possibility of picking up a few seats. On issues, the country is very open to the Democratic agenda.... Of all the races that I see that one might think were going to be switches next year, Alaska and Illinois look like good opportunities ...."

On the challenge for candidates who finance their own campaigns:

"Convincing people that you can be credible in their lives."

On the candidacy of controversial TV talk-show host Jerry Springer:

"He would bring a lot of folks to the polls who don't typically come ..."

On US response to North Korea's nuclear program:

"The single greatest threat to America's security is North Korea. I don't think there was a more important piece of missing information for those of us who were debating [the use of force against Iraq] last fall than what was going on in Korea."

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