David Nather writes for Politico on the GOP’s plans to turn around the economy and help improve the unemployment rate. Some lawmakers are focused on Obamacare, but the WG’s David Winston says that should not be the focus going into the 2014 midterm election:
“As a political party, you need to be addressing the No. 1 issue concern as identified by the electorate. In this case, there’s no question it’s jobs and the economy.”
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Karen Tumulty writes for the Washington Post on how many GOP leaders have focused heavily on debating and repealing the ACA. But the WG’s David Winston feels that it’s not the issue that’s going to win voters:
“While health care is a very important issue, Republicans must focus on what is the overwhelmingly top issue — jobs and the economy, just like they did in 2010 with the question ‘Where are the Jobs?’ ” said David Winston, a pollster who advises House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
In Winston’s view, it is a myth that the last midterm election was swung by voter outrage over Obama’s health-care proposal, which was then being hotly debated in Congress.
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Robert Costa writes for the Washington Post on the GOP’s efforts to mollify division within the party, opting to focus on keeping the party stable rather than attempting to pass major legislation. The WG’s David Winston comments:
“There is clearly a desire among Republicans in Congress to move forward, and everyone is working through where they could find potentially find consensus,” said David Winston, a Republican strategist who advises Boehner. “But you’ve got to see where the differences are and try to resolve them, while staying focused on offering an alternative.”
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Politico addresses the issue of inequality in America, specifically the Republican Party’s approach to handling it. The WG’s David Winston explains the economic approach to the issue:
Republican pollster David Winston, who advises the GOP leadership and gave a presentation at the recent House Republican retreat, said Boehner’s critique acknowledges that the growth formula is the one most Republicans are comfortable with: Economic growth creates jobs, which in turn helps people earn more because more businesses have to compete for workers. “When you increase the value of labor by having lots of jobs, that is central to getting back on the right track,” he said.
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The Los Angeles Times touches on the immigration debate in terms of what Republicans are – or are no longer – doing, as Speaker John Boehner steps away from pushing any legislation, the newspaper reports. The WG’s David’s Winston says the White House also needs to take action:
“Republicans are willing to move forward, but the president’s got to instill some confidence that he’s going to implement the law,” said Republican strategist David Winston, who is close to party leadership. “The ball’s in the president’s court.”
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The Wall Street Journal reports on the recent GOP conference in which Republican leaders discussed policy proposals. Health care was a major issue discussed at the event. According to the WG’s David Winston, after last year’s government shutdown, the dialogue had a different tone:
“This is a different conference after the shutdown,” said GOP pollster David Winston, who spoke to lawmakers at the retreat. “What happened with the shutdown was that nothing moved forward in the way Republicans would like to see. The only way to move things forward is to make proposals and support them.”
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David J. Lynch writes about evidence that the economy is improving, but Americans don’t perceive that these positive changes can be attributed to Obama. There’s evidence in a recent WG poll, as David Winston explains:
By 49 percent to 41 percent, voters now blame “policies of the present” rather than “policies of the past” for their economic problems, a reversal from a year earlier, according to David Winston, a Republican pollster.
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The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard recently interviewed The WG’s David Winston to get his opinion on President’s Obama’s claim that “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.”
“It’s a real problem,” said Winston, explaining that Obama already suffers from poor approval ratings and is viewed unfavorably by the public.
But it’s a huge opening for the GOP. “This is a big moment,” he said. “We’re in a position where people are open to listening to us.”
To read the full article, turn to washingtonexaminer.com
Washington Examiner’s Byron York takes a look at President Obama’s standing among voters in terms of the economy, and asks the question whether the president is finally handling the economy now that he’s in his sixth year of presidency. The WG’s David Winston posed the question differently in a recent survey:
But Republican pollster David Winston, who works closely with the House GOP leadership, has tried to get at the question another way. The names “Bush” and “Obama” are so politically loaded that people sometimes retreat to party corners at their very mention. So Winston has been asking this instead: “Which is causing more problems in the economy? The policies of the past? Or the policies of the present?”
When Winston asked the question in November 2012, 53 percent of those surveyed said the policies of the past were causing more problems, and 44 percent said the policies of the present.
When Winston asked the same question not too long ago, in November 2013, 41 percent said the policies of the past, and 49 percent said the policies of the present.
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Politico’s David Nather reports on projected outcomes of the beginning of the ACA’s official implementation, which begins today. The WG’s David Winston says that even while there is support for the law, which many continue will grow as it is taken into effect, implications among those with their own health care may have a negative effect on President Obama:
But Republican pollster David Winston, who advises the House GOP leadership, says the administration still faces a big danger from people who believe the law is hurting the quality of their own care — and that Obama won’t be able to regain the credibility he lost with the broken “you can keep your health plan” promise.
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