October 14th, 2008
01:54 PM ET
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Republicans consider loan to help Senate incumbents

 Analysts say the November election could give Democrats a filibuster-proof majority.

Analysts say the November election could give Democrats a filibuster-proof majority.

(CNN) - Amid a string of polls that suggest Democrats could be in striking distance of reaching a filibuster-proof majority, the Republican National Committee is considering taking out a loan to help endangered senators in key battleground states, a GOP strategist told CNN Tuesday.

The news comes a week after the RNC announced it had raised $66 million in September, its best fundraising month ever. But in an effort to keep pace with Barack Obama's cash advantage over John McCain, those funds are going entirely toward the presidential race.

Related: Can Dems reach 60?

Meanwhile the National Republican Senatorial Committee has been largely outspent by its Democratic counterpart this cycle and the possibility of Democrats getting to the magic number of 60 seats in the Senate has become likely in the wake of the economic crisis.

It's unclear what the size of the loan might be, but Politico reported Monday the amount could be as high as $5 million.

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soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Proud to be American

    That is waht the Rethuglicans do... throw money at a situation versus ideals .... what ever I hope the funds don't come out of my tax dollars....

    October 14, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. Preco, NY

    At least three of McCain's GOP colleagues have gone on record to say that they consider him temperamentally unsuited to be commander in chief.
    Smith, the former senator from New Hampshire, has said that McCain's "temper would place this country at risk in international affairs, and the world perhaps in danger. In my mind, it should disqualify him."
    Sen. Domenici of New Mexico has said he doesn't "want this guy anywhere near a trigger."
    And Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi weighed in that "the thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded."

    October 14, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. rachel

    Silly republicans so so slow, The dems have been gearing up to keep and take seats for a while now, especially with Hillpac headed by none other than Hillary.

    October 14, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. EqualBranchesofGovernment

    Rupert Murdoch to the rescue!!

    October 14, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. please

    Jacob –
    No, the dems have not been in power for awhile. They have had a one (counting Lieberman) vote majority for almost two years. With a republican president and a one vote majority, the dems are powerless.

    So no, the dems have not been in power for awhile. Think about the six years of Bush and the rep controlled congress, that was power and see where it left us?

    October 14, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. Rodger

    The Democrats need 10 new Democratic Senators...one extra so they can dump Joe Leiberman and let him caucus with McCain!!!!

    October 14, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. Bring America Back!

    How are they gonna repay it if they have NO jobs come November!?

    October 14, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Sherry Martin

    Com'on folks, we are all in this together. I too, wonder where the money is coming from. We can only blame ourselves for living above our means. We need to learn how to make do with what we have or can earn by ourselves. Our grandparents were self supporting without credit.

    October 14, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. rob

    Even if Dems don't get 60, Repubs will not be the same in this generation. They are fragmented, not only because their base is too narrow, but because there are a number of Repubs who are willing to break with the party at key times. They can no longer discipline their ranks.

    Result – a Congress that responds to issues, not party interests.

    October 14, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |

    Have any of you thought where john mc cain go his by word. my friends. remember phil gramm all ways started out mah friends. and now he is mc cains cheif economic advisor. and all you republicans hollering about acorn, your boy mc cain is right in the middle of it. he said he would hire no lobbiest and now thet is all yhat he has on his team, and just think if palin is some how god forbid was to become v. p. you would also get todd, then we would have two v.p.s. any one voting for the mc cain palin ticked needs a brain transplant.

    October 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |


    October 14, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. paul

    For Jacob:

    No. The Democrats have NOT been in control of the House or the Senate. They have a SIMPLE majority; not enough to override a presidential Veto, nor enough to override a Republican filibuster. Therefore they have not been "in control."

    October 14, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. Deb n Texas

    Ha! Ha! Ha! No one wants to donate to them because they are losers!

    October 14, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. JohnGalt

    Leave it to republicans to give their failing representatives welfare checks so they can compete with Democrats. Republicans should recognise that they need to grow up before they can join the adults from the kiddie table.

    October 14, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |

    Who are the GOP paying off to swing the local elections. AMERICANS KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN!!!

    October 14, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Old Guy who seen this before

    Same old republican party – buy their votes when they don't have a message for the people.

    The richest few percent in this country get the bulk of tax breaks, loopholes and tax credits so of course they want to "invest" in their republican congressmen. The republican party has always been a party of the rich but, they always welcome the uninformed.

    October 14, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. AZ Senior

    Don't waste your money.

    October 14, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. w.l. jones

    Remember...Remember.. Remember 2000 election where some people were register both as Republican and Democratic at the same time. The state with the hanging chad . Florida,, no no That were Acron?

    October 14, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. Viet Vet

    The Few, The Proud, The Morons who support the repulthugs get on the bus with Palin and go North to Alaska.
    Take McBomb with ya. Before ya'all go be sure to read about yor "war hero'- -just blog–Vietnam Veterans Against McCain and read the whole story.

    October 14, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. Regine Arlington, Virginia-Communist

    Are they for real?? Send out a e-mail to all the republican donors and ask them to send $5, $10, $25, McCain can even claim it was his idea. LOL
    Oh I forgot he said he agreed to take only public money.LMAO

    No he can't use this Virginia Communist tax money.

    October 14, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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