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Congressional Insiders Poll

Q: Whom would you like to campaign for you this fall?*

Democrats (36 votes)

Bill Clinton       83 percent
Joe Biden          72 percent
Barack Obama       72 percent
Michelle Obama     72 percent
Nancy Pelosi       39 percent
None of the above  11 percent


*Congressional Insiders were told to pick as many surrogates as they liked.

"All of the above would go over well in my district. However, there is a special love and respect for President Clinton."

"Everyone on the list gets more turnout than any Republican."


"All of the above would be wonderful."

"My constituents would be honored to welcome all of these individuals."

"All of the above. They are beloved in my district."

"Leave me alone. I prefer to rise or fall on my own."


Q: Whom would you like to campaign for you this fall?*

Republicans (33 votes)

John Boehner       58 percent
Mitt Romney        42 percent
Newt Gingrich      36 percent
Sarah Palin        24 percent
Jim DeMint         15 percent
None of the above  12 percent


Also receiving votes: Haley Barbour, Chris Christie, 3 percent each.

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Boehner. "No one is working harder to achieve a GOP majority."

Boehner, Romney. "They can't see Russia from their house, but they know how to create jobs."

Romney. "He has the gravitas of a presidential candidate -- and in a party without a true leader, and if the name of the game is raising money and attracting press while not looking like a tea party lunatic, he's your best bet."

Gingrich. "If you're looking for substance with conservative credentials, Newt is your guy."

Gingrich, Romney. "They appeal to a wide range, especially independents, and their message is economy-focused, which is what the November 2 vote will be all about."

Gingrich, Boehner, Romney. "Who wouldn't want a former speaker, the next speaker and potentially the next president to come and campaign for them?"

Palin. "She has real star power in my district. My constituents adore her."

All of the above. "In my district, anyone who is opposed to Obama is welcome."

None of the above. "As we are in the process of convincing our constituents that we are changing our ways, parading around the same old faces won't be too persuasive."

Barbour. "He is smarter, funnier, and less polarizing than all the others combined."

Christie. "He's a rock star."

Q: If your party is in the minority in the House after the midterms, who do you think will be its leader?

Democrats (35 votes)

Steny Hoyer              63 percent
Nancy Pelosi             31 percent
John Larson               3 percent
Won't be in the minority  3 percent



"After Nancy Pelosi takes an ambassadorship."

"If we're in the minority, there may be a desire to change the team. In that case, Hoyer would have a good shot at minority leader. There is also the possibility that the speaker may not want to be minority leader."


"We would never have made the majority without her: Should the worst case occur, we will need her to bring us back."

"The caucus will most likely be a more liberal caucus, and her supporters will dominate the discussion."

"If she wants it."

"I believe the Democrats will hold the majority and Nancy Pelosi will continue as speaker. If not, she will be minority leader if she so chooses."


"That's a big 'if.' But if for some terrible reason, Speaker Pelosi decided to step down from leadership, Democrats might rally around John Larson."

Q: If your party is in the minority in the House after the midterms, who do you think will be its leader?

Republicans (31 votes)

John Boehner              48 percent
Eric Cantor               29 percent
Steve King                 6 percent
Won't be in the minority   6 percent
Michele Bachmann           3 percent
Kevin McCarthy             3 percent



"If House Republicans come close, Boehner deserves one more shot at taking the majority -- and he will get it."

"But I feel confident he will be the speaker."


"If John Boehner is unable to capitalize on the mood of the electorate now, when will we ever be able to win the House back under his leadership?"

"If the GOP fails to take the House, heads will roll. A large freshman class and GOP base will demand change. Fair or not, it will fall on Boehner."


"If Boehner isn't speaker, I would think he has a tough road to staying minority leader."

National Journal Insiders

Democratic Congressional Insiders Sens. Sherrod Brown, Ben Cardin, Thomas Carper, Christopher Dodd, Frank Lautenberg, Barbara Mikulski, Mark Pryor, Jon Tester, Tom Udall, Mark Warner; Reps. Jason Altmire, Robert Andrews, Michael Arcuri, Tammy Baldwin, Melissa Bean, Xavier Becerra, Howard Berman, Marion Berry, Rick Boucher, Lois Capps, Michael Capuano, Dennis Cardoza, Chris Carney, James Clyburn, Gerry Connolly , Jim Cooper, Joseph Crowley, Elijah Cummings, Artur Davis, Diana DeGette, Rosa DeLauro, Eliot Engel, Anna Eshoo, Sam Farr, Chaka Fattah, Bob Filner, Phil Hare, Alcee Hastings, Rush Holt, Mike Honda, Steve Israel, Frank Kratovil, Jim Langevin, John Lewis, Zoe Lofgren, Nita Lowey, Carolyn Maloney, Ed Markey, Jim McDermott, Jim McGovern, Mike McMahon, Kendrick Meek, Jim Moran, Gary Peters, David Price, Silvestre Reyes, Linda Sanchez, Jan Schakowsky, Mark Schauer, Allyson Schwartz, Jose Serrano, Adam Smith, Pete Stark, Bart Stupak, John Tanner, Bennie Thompson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Henry Waxman, and Peter Welch.

GOP Congressional Insiders Sens. Lamar Alexander, Jim Bunning, John Cornyn, Jim DeMint, John Ensign, Lindsey Graham, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Johnny Isakson, George LeMieux, Richard Lugar, Jeff Sessions, Olympia Snowe, John Thune, David Vitter; Reps. Michele Bachmann, Brian Bilbray, Marsha Blackburn, Roy Blunt, John Boehner, Charles Boustany, Kevin Brady, John Campbell, Eric Cantor, John Carter, Michael Castle, Tom Cole, Mike Conaway, Charlie Dent, David Dreier, Jo Ann Emerson, Jeff Flake, Scott Garrett, Bob Goodlatte, Kay Granger, Doc Hastings, Pete Hoekstra, Darrell Issa, Peter King, Jack Kingston, Mark Kirk, John Kline, Christopher Lee, Dan Lungren, Kenny Marchant, Kevin McCarthy, Patrick McHenry, John Mica, Candice Miller, Sue Myrick, Devin Nunes, Mike Pence, Tom Price, Adam Putnam, Dave Reichert, Mike Rogers of Michigan, Peter Roskam, Paul Ryan, Aaron Schock, Pete Sessions, John Shadegg, Adrian Smith, Pat Tiberi, Fred Upton, and Joe Wilson.

This article appears in the October 2, 2010 edition of National Journal Magazine Contents.

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