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LA Times: Republicans back away from immigration reform

by Lisa Mathias

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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RCP: Will Boehner’s Push-Back Continue into 2014?

by Lisa Mathias

Real Clear Politics writes about Speaker John Boehner’s recent comments pushing back on criticism from some conservative groups. Boehner also delivered those comments in reaction to the lack of support from such groups on the bipartisan budget agreement that the House passed. RCP turned to David Winston for some insight:

Longtime House GOP pollster David Winston said the speaker is establishing something of a new threshold for the legislative year: “If you’re going to walk in with a position, you have to have a strategy that is going to work,” Winston said. “What you’ve seen, there are obviously lessons learned in terms of the shutdown. … Part of that was the conference working though how to operate in the future.”

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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.”

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Hardball with Chris Matthews, January 4th

by Lisa Mathias

Hosting in place of Chris Matthews, Michael Smerconish mentioned data from a latest Winston Group poll that was cited by Speaker John Boehner in a Republican conference last Friday:

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Politico: John Boehner: Cut spending with debt ceiling

by Lisa Mathias

Politico reports that after being re-elected as Speaker of the House, John Boehner cited Winston Group poll numbers to support his view on cutting spending in the debt ceiling debate:

Speaking at a closed-door House Republican Conference meeting the day after he was reelected as speaker with resistance from some conservatives, the Ohio Republican cited a poll by his adviser David Winston that showed “72 percent of Americans agree any increase in the nation’s debt limit must be accompanied by spending cuts and reforms of a greater amount.

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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.”

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Politico: John Boehner to GOP: Stick together on taxes

by Lisa Mathias

Politico reports on the week’s talks and meetings regarding the fiscal cliff, focusing on what Speaker Boehner is urging House Republicans to do. Boehner has been citing data from our recent survey to help support his stance on taxes:

Boehner used a three-page slide show to prove his point, drawing on a recent poll by David Winston. The poll, displayed on blue pages and festooned by stars, displayed three statistics that bolstered the House Republican position on taxes: that tax rates shouldn’t go up on the rich, but the code should be reformed to eliminate loopholes and lower rates all while cutting spending.

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Politico: On jobs bill, White House bets on Boehner’s support

by Lisa Mathias

While the country is desperate for more jobs, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehnerc can both afford to gain each other’s support, write Carrie Brown and Jake Sherman of Politico. They turned to David Winston for insight, who said that Republicans have a slight advantage:

He pointed to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that found voters prefer a Republican-controlled Congress by the widest margin, 6 points, in more than a year.

“The House is going to take the proposals the White House put forward, look through them and try to find out where there can be clear common ground, and once that emerges, then we’ll see what the White House’s reaction is to that,” Winston said.


Chicago Tribune: GOP finding it hard to make progress

by Lisa Mathias

Chicago Tribune reports on the Republican party’s struggles after having won the majority in the House, many of which revolve around focusing on the most pressing issue: the economy. David Winston comments that the GOP’s focus on Medicare at the moment may be too narrow of a focus:

The Republican challenge is “making sure this discussion is broader than simply Medicare,” said David Winston, a GOP strategist who advises House leadership.

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The Fix: Obama’s winning message on taxes?

by Lisa Mathias

The Washington Post’s Chris Cilizza writes in today’s column President Obama’s plans to talk about his debt reduction plan in a few states. The plan has incited debate on what the best actions are in terms of taxes, since Obama’s plan does not include the Bush tax cuts. Cilizza turned to The WG’s David Winston for an explanation as to why Obama will lose on the tax debate:

“People believe increasing taxes hurts economic growth,” said Winston.

Winston added that when the tax debate heats up over the coming months, several facts — the U.S. corporate tax is the highest in the world and ending the Bush tax cuts on those earning $250,000 and above would impact 894,000 small businesses to name two — that aren’t widely known by the public will help Republicans ultimately win the tax debate.

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