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With Congress in Play, Parties Make Their Final Appeals – New York Times
Last Updated on Monday, 1 November 2010 03:04 Written by admin Monday, 1 November 2010 03:04
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With Congress in Play, Parties Make Their Final Appeals
New York Times
The two parties made last-minute drives Monday to draw voters to the polls as Democrats feared a wave of anti-incumbent sentiment would threaten their hold on Congress. The latest on President Obama, his administration and other …
Election 2010 closing arguments: Is GOP a step back or forward?
After a long and nasty campaign, voters finally decide on Tuesday
Republicans poised to win House: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Obama, Biden Make Final Pitch to Help Save Democrats in Election – Bloomberg
Last Updated on Sunday, 31 October 2010 06:05 Written by admin Sunday, 31 October 2010 06:05
President Barack Obama made his
final campaign-trail pitch to voters as he asked for support in
helping his party retain control of Congress, while Republicans
predicted an historic election sweeping incumbents from office.
Obama appeared today with Vice President Joe Biden in
Cleveland in what was his last stop on a four-state swing to try
to stem a potential loss of his party’s majority control in the
Nov. 2 elections.
“You’ve got the chance to once again say, ‘Yes we can,’”
Obama, 49, said inside an arena at Cleveland State University.
“There is no doubt that this is a difficult election and that’s
because we’ve gone through an incredibly difficult time as a
The midterm campaign has been shaped by a national
unemployment rate at or above 9.5 percent for the last 14
months, criticism of the White House’s domestic agenda and an
anti-Washington sentiment reflected in the Tea Party movement.
Obama’s weekend schedule took him to states where Democrats
are trying to build a firewall for their continued control of
the U.S. Senate. The party’s grasp on the U.S. House is tenuous,
according to analyst rankings and polls.
Republican dominance even in one chamber likely would set
back Obama’s agenda, while the loss of Democratic governorships
could add extra hurdles to any 2012 re-election bid because of
the help they can provide in swing states such as Ohio.
The Obama-Biden rally was meant to benefit Ohio Democratic
Governor Ted Strickland, who is in a close race with Republican
challenger John Kasich, a former congressman.
“We’re going to make sure the bankrupted policies of the
Republican Party don’t knock us down again,” Biden said at the
rally. “We’re starting to get out of this God-awful mess.”
In Ohio’s Senate race, polls show Republican Rob Portman
leading Democrat Lee Fisher to fill the seat left vacant by the
retirement of Republican George Voinovich.
“President Obama has enormous political capital invested
in Ohio,” Voinovich told reporters on a conference call, adding
that Obama’s repeated Ohio visits “have been more about his
concern for his future election in 2012 than the future of
The Democratic National Committee is using the president to
make the party’s closing argument through a new ad.
“We cannot sit this one out,” Obama tells a crowd of
supporters in the ad, which will run nationally on MSNBC and BET
until the election. In footage from campaign rallies held over
the last several months, Obama warns voters that if Republicans
win the elections, the party will return the country to the
economic policies that caused the recession.
The DNC has transferred $ 2.67 million to state parties for
the final election push. States receiving the last minute influx
of funds include Illinois, Ohio, Nevada, Pennsylvania and
In television appearances, Democratic officials pointed out
that the election is not over.
“It’s not a lost cause,” Maryland Representative Chris Van Hollen, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee,
said on the “Fox News Sunday” program. “All these Washington
pundits are going to be surprised.”
Republicans Lead in Polls
Polls contradict such optimism. According to a CNN/Opinion
Research Corporation poll conducted October 27-30, Republicans
are leading Democrats 52 percent to 42 percent among likely
voters. A Pew Research Center poll conducted during the same
period gives Republicans a 6 percentage-point advantage.
The ratings suggest the Republican Party will win enough of
the popular vote to gain control of the House, according to Pew.
The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points for
the CNN survey and 3 to 5 percentage points for Pew.
Much of the Republican momentum is driven by independent
voters, who backed Democrats by a 42 percent to 35 percent
margin in the 2006 election. Today they favor the Republicans 45
percent to 32 percent, according to Pew.
Republicans are projected to gain a net of least 55 U.S.
House seats by the Rothenberg Political Report, a nonpartisan
publication based in Washington. Republicans need a 39-seat gain
to take control of the chamber.
Rothenberg and other analysts say Democrats have a better
chance of keeping control of the U.S. Senate, where Republicans
would need to gain 10 seats to take control.
Campaign’s Final Phase
David Axelrod, a senior adviser to Obama, said in an
interview that Obama would spend the final phase of the campaign
“calling into stations and targeted media” in local markets
with close races.
“It’s better at this point to have him in one place where
we can reach a lot of venues at once and that’s through media,”
Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors
Association, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program that if
Republicans win the House it will be a repudiation of Obama’s
policies. Barbour, governor of Mississippi, said the election is
a referendum on Obama health care and economic policies that
represent the “biggest lurch to the left” in American history.
“It’s going to be a political earthquake and the message
will have been sent to the left that they blew it,” Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential
nominee, said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said
winning the House would force Republicans to vote for unpopular
spending cuts and tax increases in order to uphold a pledge to
voters to trim the budget deficit by $ 100 billion next year.
“The Republicans will be forced to govern,” Kaine said on
the NBC program. Kaine said Republicans, including Senate
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have a “political and partisan
agenda” of making Obama a one-term president.
Obama went to the center of his political base on Oct. 30
for a rally a few blocks from his home on Chicago’s South Side.
That stop was meant to motivate Democratic voters and boost the
man trying to win his old U.S. Senate seat.
That Obama was forced to spend part of the final campaign
weekend in Illinois, where all of the statewide elected
officials are Democrats, illustrated the defensive position he
and his party have been forced into.
Obama, who taught at the University of Chicago’s law
school, has placed his political prestige on the line in
Illinois. He has made three appearances for Alexi Giannoulias,
the Democratic state treasurer seeking the Illinois Senate seat.
That rivals his effort for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,
who is trailing in the most recent Nevada polls against
Republican Sharron Angle.
Mark Kirk, a five-term Republican congressman, and
Giannoulias have spent much of their campaign debating who is
least trustworthy. Giannoulias has dealt with fallout from the
April failure of his family’s Broadway Bank, while Kirk was
forced to apologize for exaggerating his biography.
Obama’s weekend tour also included a Connecticut stop to
support Democratic Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal, who is
leading in the polls in his contest with Republican nominee
Linda McMahon, a Tea Party favorite and former chief executive
officer of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. He also appeared
in Philadelphia with Representative Joe Sestak, a Democrat in a
close Senate race with former Representative Pat Toomey, a
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In Ads, Candidates Make Their Final Pitches to Voters – New York Times
Last Updated on Sunday, 31 October 2010 04:04 Written by admin Sunday, 31 October 2010 04:04
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In Ads, Candidates Make Their Final Pitches to Voters
New York Times
WASHINGTON – Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate for Senate in Nevada, wants the state's voters to know that Harry Reid had his chance, but it's her turn now. The latest on President Obama, his administration and other news from …
Obama, Biden Make Final Pitch to Help Save Democrats in Election
Key races will unfold hour by hour on election night
Control of Illinois House, Senate at stake
Obama assails GOP on clouded final campaign push – The Associated Press
Last Updated on Monday, 25 October 2010 11:04 Written by admin Monday, 25 October 2010 11:04
Obama assails GOP on clouded final campaign push
6 hours ago
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — President Barack Obama attacked Republicans with gusto Monday as he plunged into a final week of midterm election campaigning, but his party’s prognosis remained darkened by the feeble economy and his itinerary was designed largely to minimize losses.
Nor was his greeting totally friendly in a state where Obama has pointedly declined to endorse his party’s candidate for governor.
Obama can “take his endorsement and really shove it,” declared Democrat Frank Caprio, battling Republican-turned-independent Lincoln Chafee in a Rhode Island gubernatorial race rated tight in the polls. Chafee endorsed Obama during the 2008 campaign for the White House.
In a little more than five hours in the state, Obama was booked for a factory tour and for a pair of fundraisers that party officials said would bring in $ 500,000.
He said Republicans had driven the economy into a ditch and then stood by and criticized while Democrats pulled it out. Now that progress has been made, he said, “we can’t have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”
Democrats relied on more than the president’s time to boost their chances in the final days of the campaign. There was the matter of federal funds, too, in the form of an estimated $ 2.5 billion in grants announced during the day to provide high-speed rail service in California, between Chicago and Iowa, and elsewhere.
Administration officials left it to Democratic lawmakers to make the announcements, and they did, stressing the job-creating potential of the expansions. Some Republicans expressed objections to the funding in a time of record deficits.
Eight days before the election, the principal uncertainty concerned the size and scope of anticipated Democratic losses in the House, the Senate, governor’s races and state legislatures.
An Associated Press-GfK Poll showed that perhaps one-third of all voters have yet to firmly settle on their choices. But that wasn’t encouraging for the Democrats, either. About 45 percent of them prefer the Republican candidate for the House, and 38 percent like the Democrat.
The president arrived as official figures showed more than 6.5 million ballots already have been cast in the 25 states where early voting is permitted or where absentees have been counted, underscoring the importance of get-out-the-vote programs that now begin long before Election Day.
Democrats have invested heavily in such efforts and are counting on them to help tip close races their way in states like Nevada, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid faces tea party-backed challenger Sharron Angle. Republicans are counting on campaign enthusiasm — polls agree their voters are more eager to cast ballots than Democrats — as well as their own get-out-the-vote efforts.
Even Democrats concede Republicans are poised for significant gains in Congress, and GOP officials are particularly optimistic about their chances for taking control of the House.
Based on opinion polls and the private assessments of strategists in both parties, it appears Republicans have effectively secured about two dozen of the 40 seats they need to win control of the House.
That leaves dozens of seats where races are competitive in the House and a half-dozen or so in the Senate. Republicans also look for statehouse gains.
Obama’s choice of Rhode Island for his one-day trip was partially to raise money for Democratic House candidates elsewhere in the country. Officials said the $ 500,000 would be split between Providence Mayor David Cicilline, who is running for the House, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The state has two House seats, one held by Democratic Rep. James Langevin, an incumbent in no apparent difficulty; the other being vacated by Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy. There, Cicilline is running against Republican John Loughlin in a heavily Democratic state.
The state’s unemployment is measured at 11.5 percent, the fourth highest in the country. In his first stop, the president visited a company that makes buckles and straps for outdoor and travel gear, saying he and the Democrats in Congress have cut small business taxes 16 times in 20 months. Republicans “talk a good game” when it comes to tax cuts, he said, but in fact they opposed several bills he labored to get passed.
“It’s not enough to just play politics,” he said. “You can’t focus on the next election. You’ve got to focus on the next generation.”
Caprio called Obama’s rebuff “Washington insider politics at its worst.” Rhode Island’s congressional delegation expressed disapproval about Caprio’s remarks, but the executive director of the Democratic Governors Association said the president’s decision was disappointing.
“Frank Caprio has spent his career fighting for the values of the Democratic Party. He deserves the full support of our party and its leaders,” said executive director Nathan Daschle.
If anything, the White House made it clearer that Caprio will not get Obama’s endorsement. “Out of respect for his friend Lincoln Chafee, the president decided not to get involved in this race,” said White House spokesman Bill Burton. It was the first time the White House had cited Chafee as the reason for Obama’s non-endorsement of a Democrat.
White House aides also arranged for Obama to tour a factory as part of a campaign-long effort to showcase efforts by his administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress to assist small businesses. In a conference call to reporters on Sunday night, they said American Cord & Webbing had been able to hire back all of the employees laid off last year and was planning on hiring more. They said the company won approval from the Small Business Administration last month for a loan to make possible an expansion of the facility.
Coast to coast, the multimillion-dollar ad war continued unabated.
The Republican Senate campaign committee announced it would put $ 3 million into a final-week fleet of ads designed to help Carly Fiorina defeat Sen. Barbara Boxer in a California race that is close in the polls.
Democrats hastened to Reid’s side in Nevada. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., became the latest lawmaker to send out an urgent e-mail fundraising appeal for the top Democrat.
It said the same wealthy Texans who attacked his Vietnam War record during the 2004 presidential campaign were now aiming at Reid. “These guys will say anything and spend anything to get what they want,” Kerry wrote.
Obama was returning to the White House for a few days before resuming campaigning at week’s end. His itinerary then will include Bridgeport, Conn., where party officials are hoping he can mobilize African-Americans whose votes are needed in races for the Senate and governor, as well as a re-election bid by Democratic Rep. Jim Himes.
Obama also will campaign in Pennsylvania, where polls show Rep. Joe Sestak in a close race with Republican Pat Toomey — for a Senate seat that Democrats currently hold. Similarly, there are numerous Democratic-held House seats in the state that Obama is working to hold.
Later stops are in Ohio, where Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland is struggling to win a new term against Republican challenger John Kasich, and the president’s home state of Illinois, where polls show both a Senate seat and the governor’s office are in danger of falling to the Republicans.
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