WaPo’s Perry Bacon, Jr. writes about current mid-term campaigns, focusing on the differing strategies between Rand Paul and Jack Conway, who are running against each other in Kentucky for Jim Bunning’s Senate seat. David Winston provided some insight about Democrats campaigning on the small, local successes they’ve achieved due to their efforts:
David Winston, a Republican pollster, expressed doubts about such a strategy, saying Republicans tried it in 2006 and lost badly. That year, Democratic candidates across the country railed against President Bush and the Iraq war, while Republicans highlighted local issues.
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The WG’s David Winston comments on Mark Barabak’s latest about the upcoming elections and how finger pointing on both sides of the political aisle hasn’t gotten anyone anywhere, especially with Independent voters. Winston states that excuses don’t mean anything to voters:
“When you blame Bush, it sounds to voters like you’re just making excuses,” said David Winston, a Republican pollster and advisor to GOP leaders in Congress. “It may be a good excuse, but it’s still an excuse.”
To read more, go to latimes.com
One of the hot-button political issues right now is the 2001/2003 tax cuts and the impact of letting them expire at the end of the year. Democrats have raised questions about the wisdom of sticking with the “economic policies of the past.” And it’s true – tax cuts are an economic policy from the past, but not in the way you might think. It turns out there’s actually a debate between Democratic presidents about just what these tax cuts mean for the economy…and in less than two minutes, this video highlights that debate.
Washington Post: Unlikely battleground of Wisconsin reflects Democrats’ vulnerability in midterm elections
Karen Tumulty uses Wisconsin as an example of states normally dominated by Democrats in past elections are now battlegrounds for this year’s upcoming mid-term elections. The WG’s David Winston compares this year to a very similar one earlier in the decade:
“I don’t think there’s been a door more open for an opposition party to do well – certainly better than 1994,” the last time the Republicans took control of both houses, said David Winston, a pollster who advises the House Republican leadership.
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Over the Labor Day weekend, Washington Examiner’s Byron York opined Obama’s major misstep in failing to continually attack the failing economy and high unemployment rate, the biggest issues in America’s mind right now. David Winston echoed the question going on in Republicans’ (and voters’) minds:
“I don’t get it,” GOP pollster David Winston told me at the time. “I don’t understand what he is doing. He’s not addressing the No. 1 issue that Americans want him to address.”
Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/politics/Obama_s-_pivot_-to-the-economy-comes-far-too-late-758971-102304584.html#ixzz0yxNfTksO
Janet Hook and Tom Hamburger assess the GOP’s likelihood of winning control of Congress this November, looking at current shortcomings and obstacles that they may face, both from within the party and from the opposition. The WG’s David Winston states that Republicans need to prove why the deserve to win:
“The purpose of a political party is to not to win elections but to prove you are ready to govern,” said David Winston, a Republican pollster, quoting British Prime Minister David Cameron. “One of the elements that has to be addressed is the fact that people remember Republicans from 2006. The electorate was not satisfied. They weren’t getting things done. They fired them. Republicans have to address those concerns.”
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Sergio Rodriguera of Sphere Consulting and Tyler Harber from Wilson Research Strategies join Kristen in the studio this week, talking about the troops returning home from Iraq, recent primary results, and extreme weather.