"How long can the other side run against the previous administration?" asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. "They've been in charge now for a year and a half. (Photo Credit: CNN)
Washington (CNN) - If anyone doubted whether campaigning had started for the mid-term congressional elections in November, the answer became clear on Sunday.
Democratic and Republican politicians rolled out their main campaign themes on morning talk shows less than four months before voters will decide races for all 435 House seats and at least 36 of the 100 Senate posts.
West Virginia could decide to hold a special election in November to fill the seat of the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, which would put 37 Senate seats in play.
To Republicans, the election is about halting the free-spending policies of a Democratic-controlled White House and Congress. For Democrats, the choice for voters is between moving forward to tackle tough issues or going back to failed GOP policies of the past.
While Democrats repeatedly invoke the crippling recession and increased deficits of the Bush administration, Republicans say the problem now is how the majority party forces through unpopular and irresponsibly expensive legislation.
"How long can the other side run against the previous administration?" asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, on the CNN program "State of the Union." "They've been in charge now for a year and a half. They've been on a gargantuan spending spree."
On the same show, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, shot back that the nation needs to progress rather than boomerang.