GOPers “are beginning to endorse” Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) Roadmap for America’s Future, “despite reluctance” from party leadership “to embrace the plan” (Freire, Washington Examiner, 8/31).
Huffington Post’s Terkel takes a look at some of the candidates who support the Roadmap, including AL-02 nominee Martha Roby, TX-23 nominee Francisco “Quico” Canseco, KY-06 nominee Andy Barr, Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) and WI-07 candidate Sean Duffy.
“Part of the reason these candidates may be supporting Ryan’s budget plan is that they have no other alternative. They are coming out against Democratic policies, but since the Republican leadership hasn’t put forward any blueprint, they are forced to endorse Ryan’s roadmap” (8/30).
GOP pollster Glen Bolger: “There are going to be some individual campaigns, some individual races where” Dems do survive. But, Bolger said: The “wave is building. The only question is how high. Is it 40 seats? Is it 50 seats?” (Walter, ABCNews.com, 8/31).
But House GOPers “played down” the latest Gallup numbers, which show a GOP “tidal wave is building and could sweep away” Dem “control of the House in the fall elections.
House Min. Leader John Boehner: “It’s a steep climb; we’ve got a lot of hard work to do, and no one is taking anything for granted” (Bazinet, New York Daily News, 9/1).
Senate Min. Leader Mitch McConnell “isn’t willing to forecast a Senate takeover.” McConnell: “We think the conditions are right for a big” GOP “victory this fall. … I’m not going to make a prediction too much in advance, but I do think as Republican leader of the U.S. Senate I’ll be leading a larger group than I currently am.”
McConnell was in Owensboro, KY, campaigning with KY SEN GOP nom. Rand Paul (R) and Rep. Brett Guthrie (R). More McConnell: “I’m not the leader of nearly as large a band as I’d like to be the leader of, but I hear help is on the way” (Thomason, Bowling Green Daily News, 8/31).
Washington Examiner’s Michael Barone writes: “Scads of liberals gleefully predicted that the financial crisis and deep recession would destroy Americans’ faith in markets and increase their confidence in Big Government. Many conservatives gloomily feared they were right. Hasn’t happened.” What Americans see is “Big Government colluding with Big Business and trying to breathe life into Big Labor” (9/1).
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Business groups “plan to go on offense” against Senate Dems over the Labor Day weekend, seeking to tie them to big business. Local affiliates of the NFIB, ABC and other groups “will hold events” 9/6 “targeting” incumbents and candidates on EFCA. The groups will target Sens. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) and KY AG Jack Conway (D) (O’Brien, The Hill, 9/1).
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