Cong. Insiders Not Running Away From Presidential Candidates
The press has paid a lot of attention to Democrats and some Republicans who have been trying to distance themselves from their party's presidential nominees. Is Mitt Romney tea party enough for the tea party? Will vulnerable Democrats turn and run at the sight of President Obama?
A poll of National Journal Congressional Insiders, however, found this not to be an issue at all. In fact, 100 percent of members on BOTH sides of the aisle said they would attend a campaign event with their party's presidential nominee in their districts. So much for them being political kryptonite.
Would you attend a campaign event with your party's presidential nominee in your district?
The responses weren't even cautious. When asked, Republicans responded: "Hell yeah," and "Absolutely!"
"Romney is going to crush in my district, big change from last election when it was essentially a tie between Obama and McCain," said one Republican.
"Yes, because there won't be any events for Obama in my district," said another. "Every Democrat in the state is running away from him!"
"Our base is ready to turn out big-time," said another. And it's not all just talk.
"[I] already have," said a Republican. "Romney has the track record to win an election about the economy and jobs."
Democrats were equally excited about being seen with Obama.
"The president honors my constituents with his presence in my district," said one Democrat. And when another responded to whether they would campaign with the president the Insider said: "Every day of the week, and twice on Sunday!"