Republicans say voters will repudiate Obama

WASHINGTON Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:46pm EDT

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin speaks during the Republican 2010 Victory Fundraising Rally in Orlando, Florida October 23, 2010. REUTERS/Scott Audette

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin speaks during the Republican 2010 Victory Fundraising Rally in Orlando, Florida October 23, 2010.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With two days left in a bitter fight for control of Congress, Republicans on Sunday appeared headed to a smashing victory they said would be a repudiation of President Barack Obama and his policies.

Candidates across the country launched a frantic final push for support, and Obama ended a two-day campaign swing designed to pump up Democratic turnout less than 48 hours before Americans begin to cast their ballots.

"This election is a choice between the policies that got us into this mess and the policies that are leading us out of this mess," Obama told about 8,000 supporters in Cleveland, Ohio, in an auditorium that was about two-thirds full.

"If everyone who fought for change in 2008 shows up to vote in 2010, we will win this election," he said.

Spurred by voter discontent with the ailing economy and with Obama, Republicans are expected to recapture control of the House of Representatives and make big Senate gains on Tuesday.

Democrats hope to hang on to a narrow majority in the Senate by pulling out victories in a few tight Senate races in states like California, Washington and West Virginia.

Republican leaders said the results will be a rejection of Obama's economic leadership, which includes costly government programs like the economic stimulus and broad initiatives like the healthcare overhaul.

"If Republicans win, that's what it will be -- a repudiation of Obama's policies," Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, head of the Republican Governors Association, said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008, said Tuesday's voting would be "a political earthquake" that would send a message to Obama.

"They're going to say, 'You blew it, President Obama. We gave you the two years to fulfill your promise of making sure that our economy starts roaring back to life again,'" she said of voters while appearing on "Fox News Sunday."


Republican control of at least the House could result in efforts to repeal parts of the healthcare bill and a renewed bout of gridlock on pending issues like expiring tax cuts, climate change and immigration.

Neither side was predicting a new era of compromise.

"If they want to stick with this filibuster strategy, obstruction and saying no, it's going to be difficult to do anything," Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said of Republicans on CNN's "State of the Union."

All 435 House seats, 37 of 100 Senate seats and 37 of 50 state governors' offices are up for grabs in Tuesday's voting. Republicans must pick up 39 Democratic seats to take power in the House and 10 to take the Senate.

With competitive battles raging for more than 90 Democratic House seats, independent analysts predict huge Republican gains of more than 50 seats in the House.

A Pew Research Center poll showed Republicans have a solid lead in congressional preferences, with 48 percent of likely voters saying they would back a Republican in their district to 42 percent who favor a Democrat. Two weeks ago, Republicans led by 50 percent to 40 percent.

In the Senate, Republicans probably need to string together wins in six of seven close races in California, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Illinois and West Virginia to claim a majority.

Polls show Governor Joe Manchin in West Virginia, Senator Barbara Boxer in California and Senator Patty Murray in Washington, all Democrats, with slight leads in their Senate races.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid trails slightly in final polls in his desperate re-election struggle with Republican Tea Party-favorite Sharron Angle in the most high-profile Senate race.

Democrats tried to paint a positive picture of what could be the party's worst election showing since 1994, when Republicans grabbed control of both houses of Congress.

"This is not 1994," Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the Senate Democratic campaign committee, said on ABC's "This Week."

"We understand that people are hurting in this country, but our goal is to have them understand and channel their anger on election day against the Republican Party that brought us to the verge of economic collapse in November of 2008," he said.

(Additional reporting by Jeff Mason with Obama; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Comments (22)
PrincipeReale wrote:
In two years this Obama person has mortgaged our futures, our children’s futures and possibly their children’s futures. We can start the healing process on Tuesday by unseating his puppets Reid, Pelsoi and Boxer. This will slow the madness down. Next step will be to unseat this Obama. Perhaps then, we can start the mending process.

Oct 31, 2010 2:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
EricLKlein wrote:
If Republicans win, that’s what it will be — a repudiation of George Bush Jr’s efforts to rebuild the economy that Obama had handed to him: Bail out of banks and auto makers were Bush initiatives.

Also it was under both of the Bush presidents that the mortgage crisis was created, and under Bush the Ponzi schemes were missed for years, and it was under Bush that the BP’s Deepwater well was approved and started.

As bad as Obama is, he did not make a mess of the economy that was complements of the republican presidents: Regan, Bush, and Bush Jr.

Oct 31, 2010 3:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:
What short memories you small little men have. We threw the Republicans out of office because of their insane spending and pork barrel earmarks. If you think the republican party is your savior, you are a fool. Are you really buying Boehner’s rhetoric, again? But neither are the Democrats. Obama is tackling the right issues. Only problem is that the bills passed so far is not what’s needed. No one can get their arms around the 2500 page Obamacare Bill must less fully understand it’s implications. Then they watered down the Wall Street bill. Back room deals being made…politics as usual. Obama has it right on the Bush tax cuts. Republican’s prefer to keep them whole (trickle down does not work and KKR is not a small business even though it’s classified that way). You want to get the economy moving and create jobs, put money (tax cuts) in the middle class and lower income class. You think Obama is unpopular. Want until someone actually starts making the spending cuts necessary to get this government back on track for fiscal responsibility. Most of you will be screaming bloody murder. There are basically two choices. Cut spending on the military ($1T per year), intelligence ($80B per year) and the entitlement programs that currently eat up around 104% of what the Treasury takes in for taxes. Or raise taxes on everyone to keep the status quo. You want to make an impact this voting season..stop voting party lines. Vote all incumbents out of office. If they’ve been in office for more than 1 term, they are a miserable failure. Stop listening to the “talking point” rhetoric of these snake oil salesmen and nail them down to exactly what cuts they intend to make and exactly what they intend to do about taxes.

Oct 31, 2010 3:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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