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Thursday
Sep302010

Leadership Challenge? GOP Rep.: 'Premature' to Commit to Boehner

Photo Courtesy - Office of the Republican Leader(WASHINGTON) -- As Democrats ramp up their attacks on House Minority Leader John Boehner – who’s presumed to be in line to become House speaker if Republicans take over the majority – not all rank-and-file Republicans are ready to commit to supporting Boehner as speaker.

On ABC’s “Top Line” Thursday, Rep. Michael Burgess of Texas said it would be “premature” for members of his caucus to line up behind Boehner, particularly when there’s likely to be so many new Republicans coming to Congress.

“There's going to be an election here in just a little over a month’s time. Who knows what is going to happen, but there may be an enormous number of new members on my side, in my conference,” Burgess said. “Let's see what happens. Right now I'll commit for voting for a conservative speaker of the house. I'm going to try to pick the most conservative candidate that's out there, and we'll see what happens.”

Asked if that means he won’t guarantee his vote will be for Boehner next year, Burgess responded:

“There's no vacancy right now. We have an election to get through. Let's see what happens. I think it's premature for people to lock themselves down to one direction or another,” Burgess said.

A serious leadership challenge against Boehner remains unlikely. One potential challenger, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, has ruled out a run against Boehner, and Burgess declined to speculate on possible challengers to Boehner’s leadership.

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Wednesday
Sep292010

President Obama to Meet with Democratic Congressional Leaders

Photo Courtesy - Speaker(WASHINGTON) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and other congressional Democratic leaders will visit the White House Thursday to meet with President Obama before Congress breaks for recess, a White House official told ABC News. It is the last visit top House and Senate Democrats will make before the mid-term elections that could significantly change the leaders’ status. Reid is vulnerable in his re-election efforts and Republicans are likely to re-capture the House, thus leading to a Pelosi demotion, if not resignation. Should Democrats lose control of the House they could seek a new leader.

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has Pelosi with a 50% unfavorability rating, worse than any other politician or political group polled. The poll also proposed a number of political scenarios for the post-mid-term landscape and asked which ones respondents found acceptable and unacceptable; 51% of those polled found unacceptable the prospect of Pelosi remaining Speaker.

Nevada polls indicated that Reid is locked in a dead heat with Republican challenger Sharron Angle.

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Wednesday
Sep292010

Texas Governors' Race Goes National as Parties Eye Long-Term Gains

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- It’s not a state where national Democrats tend to spend heavily, but that is changing in this election cycle. Democrats are eyeing the opportunity to recapture the Texas governor's seat for the first time in 15 years, in a race that could have an impact on national elections for years to come.

Texas, the second largest state in the country, is expected to gain four House seats -- the most of any state -- according to private firm Election Data Services, which analyzed Census Bureau population estimates. The national interest in Democratic candidate Bill White's campaign makes the race unlike any other in recent Texas history. White is the top recipient of in-state and out-of-state donations among all Texas candidates, according to data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics. The Democratic Governors Association considers this to be a “top tier” pick-up opportunity and the group has poured in $2 million into White's campaign.

The Texas election also gives a good insight into the Hispanic vote. The group voted overwhelmingly for George W. Bush but the immigration debate and the hoopla over the social sciences curriculum earlier this year could shift the tide in favor of Democrats.

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Tuesday
Sep282010

Obama to 'Glass Is Half Empty' Democrats: "Guys, Wake Up Here"

Photo Courtesy -- The White House(NEW YORK) -- Continuing to battle a lack of liberal enthusiasm, President Obama told Rolling Stone magazine Democrats need to realize all of his administration’s achievements.  “One of the healthy things about the Democratic Party is that it is diverse and opinionated,” the president said before adding,  "...making everybody happy within the Democratic Party is always going to be tough.”  Continued the president: “Some of it, also, has to do with — and I joke about it — that there's a turn of mind among Democrats and progressives where a lot of times we see the glass as half-empty.  That self-critical element of the progressive mind is probably a healthy thing, but it can also be debilitating.”  On Monday night, Vice President Biden told MSNBC those Democrats who “didn't get everything they wanted, it's time to just buck up here, understand that we can make things better, continue to move forward, but not yield the playing field to those folks who are against everything that we stand for in terms of the initiatives we put forward.”  Earlier on Monday, the vice president told Democrats to "remind our base constituency to stop whining and get out there and look at the alternatives.”  Last week President Obama said he had a message for “griping and groaning Democrats…Folks: wake up. This is not some academic exercise. As Joe Biden put it, Don’t compare us to the Almighty, compare us to the alternative.”

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Monday
Sep272010

Rep. Van Hollen: 'Energy Gap is Closing'; Dems Will Hold House

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The man charged with leading Democratic campaign efforts in the House of Representatives said Monday that the Democratic base is stirring to action in advance of the midterm elections, arguing that Democrats “will retain the majority in the House” because voters won’t choose to pursue Republican policies.  “The momentum is picking up, the energy gap is closing, and the Democrats will retain the majority in the House because the American people do not want to go to the failed policies of the past,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told ABC News.”  Asked to predict how many seats Democrats would lose, he responded: “I'm not making any predictions. I know people who’ve been in the predictions business in the past and they’re often wrong -- including Karl Rove, who predicted a permanent Republican majority. Remember that one?”  Concerning Democrats choosing to distance themselves from President Obama, Van Hollen, D-Md., emphasized the ideological diversity of the Democratic caucus as opposed to the "ideological purity test" he says Republicans have.  As previously reported, Democratic party members admitted to being a party divided after a caucus meeting last Thursday which included discussion about whether or not to hold a vote on the expiring Bush-era tax cuts.  Van Hollen defended Democrats’ decision not to hold a vote on the expiring Bush-era tax cuts, saying the delay is the fault of Republicans who’ve made clear they would filibuster any bill that doesn’t extend all of the tax cuts.

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Monday
Sep272010

Bill Clinton Hits Campaign Trail for Democrats

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Former president Bill Clinton says Democrats are not yet putting up a good fight. He was on the campaign trail this weekend, playing defense deep in home territory, where, in a typical election year, Democrats would be leading comfortably: the solid-blue states of Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Clinton is campaigning for longtime politicians, including Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a Senate hopeful, and 30-year Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, who crushed his last opponent. In three earlier races, the Republicans ran no one against Frank. Now, the president's point-man on the banking bailout is also on the endangered list.

Also on the campaign trail Tuesday will be campaigner-in-chief President Obama in Wisconsin and Vice President Joe Biden at Penn State. Next month, Democrats bring out the most popular resident of the White House: first lady Michelle Obama.

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Monday
Sep272010

Democrats on Defense, Negative Ads Fill Airwaves

Image Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- With five weeks and counting to the mid-term elections, the Democratic big guns are playing defense in Blue states, and Democrats are on the attack.

Rep. Barney Frank, of Massachusetts, has been in Congress for 30 years and for the last two decades has won re-election with huge margins, sometimes running unopposed. But in this political environment, Frank is taking no chances and over the weekend brought in former president Bill Clinton to join him on the stump.

President Obama begins a campaign Monday to four states that he won two years ago -- New Mexico, Wisconsin, Iowa and Virginia -- where Democrats today are struggling. A recent Pew poll shows independent voters favoring the Republican candidate over the Democrat by thirteen points -- 49% favoring the generic Republican, 36% backing the Democrat.

Many Democrats are taking to the airwaves to depict their opponents as personally unacceptable. Rep. Alan Grayson, of Florida, for example, did not serve in the military but is using an anonymous narrator in a television advertisement to accuse his Republican opponent for not having served either.

"It breaks an old soldier's heart to think that Daniel Webster could ever be elected to Congress," says the narrator, whom the Grayson campaign had declined to identify. "He doesn't love this country the way I do."

Factcheck.org has said the ad falsely impugns Webster's patriotism.

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