(CNN) - A new poll spells more trouble for Sen. Chris Dodd's bid for re-election.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday morning suggests that 54 percent of Connecticut voters disapprove of the job Dodd's doing as their senior U.S. senator, with 4 in 10 giving him a thumbs up. The 54 percent disapproval rating is up 5 points from September. The poll also indicates that by 53 percent to 39 percent, Connecticut voters don't think the five term Democrat deserves to be re-elected next year.
According to the survey, Dodd is losing or tied with all of his potential Republican challengers in hypothetical 2010 general election matchups. Former Rep. Rob Simmons leads Dodd by 11 points, with former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon, new to the race, 2 points ahead of the incumbent senator. The poll indicates that former ambassador Tom Foley leads Dodd by seven points, with Sam Caligiuri and Peter Schiff in a statistical tie with Dodd. In a hypothetical Republican primary, the survey suggests that Simmons has the early lead.
"After inching up in the polls for months, Sen. Christopher Dodd is sliding back down again on job approval. He continues to struggle with independent voters as 60 percent disapprove of the way he is handling his job. President Barack Obama is still popular with independents, but voters say that his support of Dodd won't affect their Senate vote," says Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Two U.S. senators on Thursday confirmed a bipartisan deal intended to extend the first-time homebuyers' tax credit that was originally passed earlier this year as part of the economic stimulus bill.
Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia told a news conference the plan would help the U.S. housing market at a time of decreased home values that have contributed to the economic recession.
The original credit in the stimulus bill is set to expire at the end of November and offers a tax credit of $8,000 to first-time homebuyers.
Under the agreement announced by Dodd and Isakson, proposed legislation that must pass both chambers of Congress and then be signed by President Barack Obama would extend that $8,000 credit for first-time buyers until the end of next April. In addition, the measure would add a separate $6,500 credit for some current homeowners who buy a new residence by then.
(CNN) – Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman lost the Democratic primary in 2006 but won the November election anyway by forming a third party and siphoning votes from Republicans who didn’t want progressive Democratic candidate Ned Lamont to take his seat in Washington.
But once Lieberman had secured his re-election, he abandoned the Connecticut for Lieberman party – and now that party may be used to target the state’s other senator, Democrat Chris Dodd, who is already facing stiff competition from the Republicans for his 2010 re-election bid.
At issue is a battle over the leadership of the party and its 105 members between an anti-Lieberman (and Dodd) engineering professor and the pro-Lieberman founders of the party who say they have not abandoned it.
“There has been an unbroken chain in the control of the party by the people who are in support of Senator Lieberman,” said Stuart R. Korchin, chairman of Connecticut for Lieberman and the first person to register the party in 2006.
But Lieberman and his supporters failed to file what’s called “party rules” with the Connecticut secretary of state’s office, department spokesman Av Harris said, leaving the door open for someone else to do so. Fairfield University professor John Orman, who opposed Lieberman, was the first to file party rules, and soon after Lieberman’s suppporters followed suit.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Joe Biden's heading north Monday to show off some money and to rake in some bucks for fellow Democrats.
The vice president travels to Connecticut, where he'll team up with Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Jim Himes in Fairfield, to tout how "Recovery Act investments are creating jobs and rebuilding Connecticut's infrastructure," according to a White House press release.
The vice president is expected to praise Dodd and Himes for bringing stimulus money to their state, including millions of dollars for road improvements to the Merritt Parkway.
Dodd is facing a tough bid for re-election next year. Recent polls of Connecticut voters suggest that the five term senator's approval rating is on the rise, but still in negative territory. President Barack Obama headlines a fundraiser for Dodd in Connecticut on October 23.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama will campaign for yet another vulnerable Democrat in late October, when he travels to Connecticut to raise money for embattled Sen. Chris Dodd.
Dodd's campaign announced the October 23 event on Thursday in an e-mail to reporters.
"As President Obama has said in the past, Senator Dodd's record is an incredibly strong one on behalf of the people of Connecticut and this country, and he's continuing to work with the President to help reform our healthcare system and make sure our financial regulatory rules protect consumers first and foremost," Dodd's campaign manager Jay Howser said in a release.
Dodd's approval ratings have climbed since last spring, but his approval rating is still only in the 40s - a difficult position for any incumbent. According to a Quinnipiac poll released in September, he trails Republican Rob Simmons - one of several candidates seeking the GOP nomination - by four points in hypothetical general election match-up.
The president has raised money and campaigned for other Democrats facing tough re-election challenges, including Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter and New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Connecticut Republican Peter Schiff formally announced his intent to run for Sen. Chris Dodd's Senate seat Thursday - the fifth GOP candidate to enter the race.
The former economic advisor to Rep. Ron Paul's presidential campaign has already raised more than $1,000,000 according to his campaign.
"I plan to bring my dedication and experience to the taxpayers of Connecticut," Schiff says in a statement on his website. "I may make mistakes in this campaign-but I will not make mistakes in representing you in the Senate. I look forward to an exciting race where I can share my vision with the people of Connecticut."
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee mocked the pool of Republican candidates Thursday.
"The Republican show in Connecticut could give the Ringling Brothers a run for their money," DSCC Communications Director Eric Schultz said in a statement. "Meanwhile the people of Connecticut will be watching Chris Dodd build on his record of delivering everyday for his state.”
The latest Quinnipiac University poll has Sen. Dodd's approval ratings improving throughout the state, with 43 percent of those polled saying they approve of his job performance, up 10 points from April.
Schiff is set to face off against co-founder and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment Linda McMahon, former Rep. Rob Simmons, former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley, and state Sen. Sam Caliguiri in the Republican primary.
(CNN) - A new poll of Connecticut voters suggests that Sen. Christopher Dodd's approval rating is on the rise, but still in negative territory.
Forty-three percent of people questioned in a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday morning say they approve of how Dodd is handling his duties as senator, up ten points from April. Forty-nine percent disapprove of the job Dodd's doing in office, down nine points from April.
The poll suggests Dodd is still struggling with Independent voters, with 56 percent giving the five-term Democratic senator who's up for re-election next year a thumbs down.
Quinnipiac's April poll came out right after the news of Dodd's involvement in the AIG bonus controversy. Since then, a bill Dodd co-sponsored that makes it tougher for credit card issuers to raise feeds and interest rates was signed into law. And Dodd took a leading role in steering health care reform through one of the key congressional committees dealing with the legislation.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Pro- wrestling businesswoman Linda McMahon announced Wednesday she would run for Senate in Connecticut next year as a Republican.
McMahon, former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, describes herself as a "different kind of candidate" who will run a "different kind of campaign."
"With your help, we are going to change Washington and start making Washington work for ordinary people," she said in a statement posted on her campaign Web site.
She pledged to "help" finance the campaign with the fortune she made from her wrestling empire and limit contributions to $100.
McMahon joins a crowded primary of Republicans hoping to challenge embattled Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd in 2010.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) – As Congress prepares to come back from its August recess and tackle health care reform, the question arises whether lawmakers will do something in honor of the "Lion of the Senate" - or should Congress simply start over?
Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died last week, was a staunch advocate of health care reform.
Following his burial over the weekend, Democratic lawmakers said they hoped Kennedy's memory will inspire legislators to start looking for compromise on stalled reform plans.
One of Kennedy's best friends in the Senate, Chris Dodd of Connecticut, urged legislators to bring civility to health care negotiations.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – A close personal friend of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy said Sunday that the Massachusetts lawmaker’s death ought to act as an inspiration for Democrats and the entire Senate to set aside partisan differences and pass health care legislation.
“We ought to sit down together and work it out and go through this” Connecticut Democrat Sen. Christopher Dodd said on CNN’s State of the Union a day after Kennedy’s funeral. “That’s what we do in the Senate. That’s how things move forward. . . . The country cannot afford this any longer. We need to have a health care plan in this country that’s accessible, affordable, and quality. And how we get there is the challenge before us. And we must meet that challenge. ”
Pointing out that Kennedy introduced his first piece of health care reform legislation roughly 40 years ago, Dodd also said that his friend would be “terribly disappointed” if partisan politics dominated the debate over fixing the nation’s health care system.
“He expected more of us and I think we can meet that expectation and I’m confident we can,” Dodd told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
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Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, also a close friend of Kennedy’s, suggested that the partisan gulf between the two parties on health care may be too wide to bridge.
Getting a bill passed is “going to take a lot of work,” Hatch said Sunday. The Republican also said it was “crazy” to try to squeeze money out of the Medicare program in order to help fund broader health care reform including a hotly contested public health insurance option.