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James A. Barnes and Peter Bell
July 17, 2014, 5:26 p.m.

Q: Rank the top two ar­gu­ments for the Demo­crats in the con­gres­sion­al midterm elec­tions.

Demo­crats (102 votes)

First Second choice choice Re­pub­lic­ans want to dis­mantle gov­ern­ment pro­grams such as So­cial Se­cur­ity and Medi­care 41 per­cent 20 per­cent Re­pub­lic­ans fa­vor tax cuts for the wealthy at the ex­pense of the middle class 32 per­cent 28 per­cent Re­pub­lic­ans will re­turn to the failed policies of the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion 17 per­cent 31 per­cent Re­pub­lic­ans have nom­in­ated too many tea party can­did­ates who are out of the main­stream 5 per­cent 17 per­cent

Also re­ceiv­ing votes: None, 2 per­cent; all, 1 per­cent; GOP sup­ports tax breaks that ship jobs over­seas, 1 per­cent; Demo­crats have tamed Wall Street, 1 per­cent.

GOP will dis­mantle So­cial Se­cur­ity and Medi­care

“So­cial Se­cur­ity and Medi­care are two tan­gible is­sues that would let Demo­crats cut through the un­real­ist­ic tea party rhet­or­ic ad­voc­at­ing tax cuts without any pain.”

“Our only hope is to ex­pose their ex­trem­ism as scar­i­er than what we of­fer.”

“While the Re­pub­lic­ans tea party, the Demo­crats are your fi­nal guard against dis­mant­ling So­cial Se­cur­ity and Medi­care: If they can say their stuff with a straight face, why can’t we?”

“I wish we had more to run on than these two tired war­horses, but they’re prob­ably our best themes.”

“Seni­or cit­izens vote all the time.”

GOP fa­vors tax cuts for the wealthy

“The di­vi­sion between the parties on the tax is­sue is the best shot that Demo­crats have to mo­tiv­ate the base and reach un­de­cided voters.”

“Us­ing pock­et­book is­sues like tax bail­outs and breaks for bil­lion­aires is the best way to counter voter wor­ries about the eco­nomy.”

“Give the elect­or­ate some cred­it for re­cog­niz­ing fun­da­ment­al un­fair­ness.”

“Polls ex­tremely well with Dems and in­de­pend­ents.”

GOP will re­turn to failed Bush policies

“It’s fine to peri­od­ic­ally ref­er­ence Bush, but the fo­cus needs to be on the policies. If it sounds like it’s simply Bush-bash­ing, it won’t work.”

“There is still mileage in ‘Blame the eco­nomy on Bush.’ “

Too many GOP tea party can­did­ates

“There are now enough states where the tea party has nom­in­ated an ex­treme can­did­ate that D’s can ac­tu­ally suc­ceed in mak­ing them the face of the op­pos­i­tion.”

Q: Rank the top two ar­gu­ments for the Demo­crats in the con­gres­sion­al midterm elec­tions.

Re­pub­lic­ans (91 votes)

First Second choice choice Re­pub­lic­ans want to dis­mantle gov­ern­ment pro­grams such as So­cial Se­cur­ity and Medi­care 40 per­cent 19 per­cent Re­pub­lic­ans fa­vor tax cuts for the wealthy at the ex­pense of the middle class 24 per­cent 28 per­cent Re­pub­lic­ans will re­turn to the failed policies of the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion 21 per­cent 32 per­cent Re­pub­lic­ans have nom­in­ated too many tea party can­did­ates who are out of the main­stream 14 per­cent 20 per­cent

Also re­ceiv­ing votes: None, 1 per­cent.

GOP will dis­mantle So­cial Se­cur­ity and Medi­care

“Demo­crats are out of bul­lets. Their only hope is to scare the day­lights out of the eld­erly.”

“Demo­crats need to en­er­gize their base and make them feel threatened with proven themes from the past.”

“An­oth­er fad­ing is­sue, but there’s still some life left in the So­cial Se­cur­ity-Medi­care scare ar­gu­ments.”

“Our hands aren’t so clean with this.”

GOP fa­vors tax cuts for the wealthy

“Wav­ing the bloody shirt on So­cial Se­cur­ity will get only a yawn from people who think they’ll go broke be­fore they get old.”

“Op­pos­i­tion to tax cuts for the very wealthy still car­ries some polit­ic­al po­ten­tial be­cause of the con­tin­ued ‘ob­scene’ com­pens­a­tion pack­ages for some high ex­ec­ut­ives, par­tic­u­larly when they are fired.”

“Class war­fare is at­tract­ive to too many voters.”

GOP will re­turn to failed Bush policies

“The melt­down on his watch is still the best Demo­crat ar­gu­ment.”

“Blame-it-on-Bush is the only thing they have left. O and Pelosi are truly run­ning on fumes.”

“Blam­ing Bush doesn’t work any more, but it’s the best way to frame the elec­tion as a choice rather than a ref­er­en­dum.”

Too many GOP tea party can­did­ates

“Demo­crats will try to paint GOP nom­in­ees as witch­craft-dab­bling, wild-eyed loons.”

Q: Rank the top two ar­gu­ments for the Re­pub­lic­ans in the con­gres­sion­al midterm elec­tions.

Demo­crats (99 votes)

First Second choice choice Un­der Demo­crats, gov­ern­ment spend­ing and debt have got­ten out of con­trol 49 per­cent 27 per­cent Un­der Demo­crat­ic lead­er­ship, the eco­nomy has got­ten worse and not bet­ter 31 per­cent 34 per­cent Re­pub­lic­ans will provide a needed check to the Obama-Pelosi agenda 18 per­cent 32 per­cent Re­pub­lic­ans will re­peal health care re­form 0 per­cent 6 per­cent

Also re­ceiv­ing votes: Everything is wrong, 1 per­cent.

Spend­ing and debt are out of con­trol

“D’s have been spend­ing like crazy and it has kept civil ser­vants in jobs; but few new jobs have been cre­ated.”

“Spend­ing and debt al­ways res­on­ate with voters.”

“The pub­lic be­lieves it to be true, so why not drive it home?”

Eco­nomy has got­ten worse, not bet­ter

“It’s the eco­nomy, stu­pid, for in­de­pend­ent voters, and the GOP would be crazy to talk about any­thing else, like mosques and im­mig­rants.”

“Not true, but voters be­lieve it!”

“Demo­crats are in charge, and they will pay the price for today’s con­di­tions. Make them pay be­fore the tables turn in 2012.”

Need a check to Obama-Pelosi

“The ‘check’ on Demo­crats is a power­ful ar­gu­ment for swing voters who gen­er­ally think that di­vided gov­ern­ment is a sens­ible place to go in 2010. Re­pub­lic­ans simply have to be a pal­at­able al­tern­at­ive.”

“Obama-Pelosi is al­most enough to dis­qual­i­fy a Demo­crat in many dis­tricts.”

Re­peal health care re­form

“Health care is a good punch­ing bag for Re­pub­lic­ans.”

Q: Rank the top two ar­gu­ments for the Re­pub­lic­ans in the con­gres­sion­al midterm elec­tions.

Re­pub­lic­ans (91 votes)

First Second choice choice Un­der Demo­crats, gov­ern­ment spend­ing and debt have got­ten out of con­trol 47 per­cent 35 per­cent Un­der Demo­crat­ic lead­er­ship, the eco­nomy has got­ten worse and not bet­ter 37 per­cent 33 per­cent Re­pub­lic­ans will provide a needed check to the Obama-Pelosi agenda 12 per­cent 24 per­cent Re­pub­lic­ans will re­peal health care re­form 2 per­cent 7 per­cent

Also re­ceiv­ing votes: None, 1 per­cent.

Spend­ing and debt are out of con­trol

“It’s all about spend­ing and debt — i.e., out-of-con­trol gov­ern­ment.”

“Fi­nally, Re­pub­lic­ans have the per­fect storm — the dire facts coupled with GOP prin­ciples provide a clear mes­sage for voters.”

“Reck­less spend­ing is driv­ing av­er­age Amer­ic­ans nuts, es­pe­cially when they see their own fam­ily budget stag­nant or shrink­ing.”

Eco­nomy has got­ten worse, not bet­ter

“All this gov­ern­ment spend­ing and no res­ults: no jobs, no bank loans, no hope.”

“It’s all about jobs, and no one really be­lieves the re­ces­sion is over.”

“It’s the only is­sue that mat­ters, so hit it hard.”

Need a check to Obama-Pelosi

“Voters like checks and bal­ances; they think di­vided gov­ern­ment worked in the 1990s.”

“Last fall, voters were telling Wash­ing­ton to slow down. Now they’ll hit the brakes.”

Re­peal health care re­form

“The most vis­cer­al is­sue in the cycle.”

Na­tion­al Journ­al In­siders

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Deb Cal­la­han, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Stephanie Cut­ter, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Eric Eve, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Don Fowl­er, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Kam Kuwata, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bill Lynch, Bob Malo­ney, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Terry McAul­iffe, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Scott Par­ven, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Bruce Reed, Mame Re­iley, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Wendy Sher­man, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Sarah Swish­er, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, Brid­gette Wil­li­ams, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Charlie Crist, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Steve Duprey, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Mindy Fletch­er, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Barry Jack­son, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bruce Keough, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Dana Peri­no, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Tom Wilson, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, and Fred Wszolek.

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