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Politico – The GOP should just do it

by Lisa Mathias

Politico reports on the current drama in Congress over a potential government shutdown amidst the debt ceiling debate. The WG’s David Winston refers back to when the government shut down during Newt Gingrich’s stint as Speaker of the House:

“What people forget is that going into that shutdown, Dole had a pretty significant lead,” said David Winston, a pollster and strategist who has advised the House Republican leadership, then and now. “And by the time they finished the two shutdowns, he was trailing by a significant margin. All the numbers dramatically changed.”

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Politico: 2012 blame game: Will it ever end?

by Lisa Mathias

In today’s Politico, Maggie Haberman writes about the Republican party’s inability to figure out what went wrong in the 2012 elections, as well as how to bounce back from it. The WG’s David Winston states where the GOP needs to start:

“If you’ve at least defined and everybody’s accepted the reasons why the election went so poorly, that’s just a critical starting point,” said David Winston, a veteran Republican pollster who does survey-taking for the House GOP caucus.

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McManus: D.C. doubles down on the sequester

by Lisa Mathias

In an op-ed for Sunday’s LA Times, Doyle McManus addresses the looming sequester and the failure of both political parties to reach a compromise. McManus turned to David Winston for some insight on the GOP side of the debate:

“Most people agree [with Republicans] that the deficit is one of the reasons the economy can’t get back on track,” said David Winston, a GOP pollster who advises House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). “So let’s get to work cutting the deficit. And then we can ask a second question: Do you really want your taxes to go up?”

To read the full op-ed, click to latimes.com.

LA Times: Neither side blinks in federal budget standoff

by Lisa Mathias

Today’s LA Times released a story on the looming federal spending cuts, and how neither Republicans nor the White House backed down on their solutions to address the nation’s budget problem. The Winston Group’s David Winston commented in the story:

“Republicans are saying: We need to put the cuts on the board,” said GOP strategist David Winston, who is close to the House Republican leadership. “We need to start talking about how we deal with this spending problem.”

To read the full article, turn to latimes.com.

NBC: Fight over budget cuts rages despite recess

by Lisa Mathias

The budget debate continues, this time touching on the possibility cuts affecting civilian employees of the Pentagon, who face a sequester that would force them to take one day off a week without pay. The WG’s David Winston commented in the story:

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Politico: House GOP’s fiscal split looms large for President Obama

by Lisa Mathias

Sunday’s Politico brings up the question on whether the split within House Republicans that occurred over the fiscal cliff deal can occur again over other issues. The WG’s David Winston doesn’t think so:

David Winston, a veteran GOP pollster who advises Boehner, agreed.
“When things are more focused around spending, there will be more unity,” he said. “The next votes won’t have colliding elements in them.”

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Real Clear Politics: Obama and Boehner: In Need of Couples Counseling?

by Lisa Mathias

In today’s Real Clear Politics, Caitlin Huey-Burns writes about the issue of President Obama and Speaker John Boehner having difficulty working together to solve the nation’s fiscal problems. David Winston gave his thoughts on Obama:

“Prior to this president, no president had ever run a deficit over a trillion dollars,” says David Winston, a veteran pollster for House Republicans. “[Obama’s] negative impact on the economy is his Achilles’ heel.”

To read the full article, turn to realclearpolitics.com.

Politico: GOP anti-tax policy goes over the cliff

by Lisa Mathias

January 2nd’s Politico features a story on the GOP’s faltering anti-tax policy among the passage of the bill that addresses the fiscal cliff, which allows tax hikes on those earning over $400,000. The WG’s David Winston explains why the Republican Party faced such difficulty in keeping their priorities:

Republican pollster David Winston, who advises House GOP leaders, said the party must move on from a weak 2012 message on the economy and define something sharper moving forward: “One of the problems Republicans in Congress are having right now is they’re trying to have the economic debate that should have happened in the fall campaign that didn’t. As a result, they’re trying to both have an economic debate and manage a legislative process. That’s made it very, very difficult for Republicans in Congress as they face this situation.”

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Bloomberg: Boehner to Regain Speakership as Party Decries Tax Vote

by Lisa Mathias

Today’s Bloomberg features a story on the probability that John Boehner will have a 2nd term as Speaker of the House, even as division within the Republican Party continues among the GOP’s failure to prevent tax cuts for higher-income earners in the bill recently passed in the House to address the fiscal cliff. David Winston explains one reason why the GOP was at a disadvantage:

“When you don’t argue the point at all, the other side wins,” said David Winston, a Republican strategist and adviser to Boehner. “The president went into this debate coming out of this campaign with the upper hand because no one had made an argument.”

To read the full article, click through to bloomberg.com.

WSJ: Political Pros: What the Final Debate Means

by Lisa Mathias

For the third and final presidential debate of this election season, the WG’s David Winston continues his series writing for the Wall St. Journal’s Washington Wire blog. Winston gives his reaction to Monday night’s debate, stating that Governor Romney succeeded in his tactic of avoiding attacking Obama and instead offering his ideas:

…Mr. Romney came to the debate with a strategy that avoided harsh attacks on Mr. Obama’s foreign-policy record, instead offering voters his own foreign-policy direction for the future. Several times during the debate when Mr. Obama went on the offensive, Mr. Romney calmly told the president he was more interested in talking about where each of them would take the country rather than engaging a rhetorical war of attrition.

To read the full post, turn to blogs.wsj.com.

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