January 25th, 2010
09:45 AM ET
4 years ago

Angry voters could affect both parties

(CNN) – Democrats and Republicans woke up this week with a fresh perspective on the midterm elections.

To many political observers, the election of Republican Scott Brown is a game changer. He overcame what at one point was a 30-point deficit to defeat Democrat Martha Coakley in a special election to serve out the remainder of the late Ted Kennedy's Senate term.

Democrats are trying to calm frustrated voters and make sure that recent losses in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia don't become a national trend. Republicans, still jubilant from last week's win, are hoping to capitalize on the excitement brewing from a refueled base.

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Filed under: 2010 • Democratic Party • Republican Party
December 21st, 2009
01:19 AM ET
3 months ago

CNN/Opinion Research Poll – December 16-20, 2009

TOPICS: Barack Obama, race relations, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Timothy Geithner, Robert Gates, Eric Holder, Joe Lieberman, Ben Bernanke, Tiger Woods, Congress, Republicans, Democrats, opinion of government, economy, budget deficit, health care, Afghanistan, Martin Luther King, New Year's Eve, college football

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December 11th, 2009
10:30 AM ET
3 months ago

Health care, Afghan war splits Democrats


Washington (CNN) - Health care reform is a signature issue for Democrats, but the attempt to overhaul the nation's health system has pitted liberals against centrists, exposing fissures 11 months before the 2010 midterm elections.

A year ago Democrats were united in victory after winning back the White House and picking up additional seats in Congress. But with victory comes expectations that are accentuated when a party controls both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

For Democrats, it is the party's political base - voters who turned out in 2008 to help elect Barack Obama president and boost the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate - which is demanding results.

Simply by the numbers, the health care overhaul should easily pass Congress. Democrats comfortably control the House of Representatives, and with the assistance of two Democratic-allied independents have the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster in the Senate.

Related video: Will health care deal hold?

Except it is not about numbers on health care. It is about differences in ideology on the public option and abortion that has slowed down the bill.

Filed under: Democratic Party
October 19th, 2009
01:15 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN/Opinion Research Poll – October 16-18, 2009

TOPICS: Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Tim Pawlenty, Republican Party, Democratic Party, 2012 GOP nomination, Congress, terrorism, economy, race relations, environment, health care, Afghanistan, Iran, immigration, Nobel Peace Prize, H1N1 flu

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September 1st, 2009
01:12 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN/Opinion Research Poll – August 28-31, 2009

TOPICS: Obama, Republicans and Democrats in Congress, Obama rating on issues, most important problem, opinion of government, mood of the country, economy, recession, terrorism, 9/11, health care, Afghanistan, H1N1 flu, Cash for Clunkers

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Filed under: 9/11 • Afghanistan • CNN Poll Archive • Congress • Democratic Party • Economy • Extra • H1N1 virus • Health care • President Obama • Republican Party • Terrorism
May 9th, 2009
01:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Democrats to rule until 2049?

(CNN) - CNN contributor and Democratic strategist James Carville explains why he thinks the Democrats will hold power for the next 50 years.

Filed under: Democratic Party • Republican Party
February 28th, 2009
10:54 AM ET
5 years ago

Preston on Politics: Democrats target Democrats

DailyKos' Markos Moulitsas says his online community is wary of Democrats being corrupted by power.
DailyKos' Markos Moulitsas says his online community is wary of Democrats being corrupted by power.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Call it a shot fired across the bow, or simply a stern warning to congressional Democrats: Power corrupts, and we are watching your every move. And if we think you are no longer representing the interests of your constituents, we will try to defeat you next year.

A Republican threat? Good guess, but no.

This is what Democratic activists are telling lawmakers of their own party, and they have formed a political action committee to raise money and help galvanize support for Democratic primary challengers in 2010.

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Accountability Now PAC formally launched Thursday, creating a potential headache for Democratic leaders who would rather spend time focused on expanding their congressional majorities next year rather than defending Democrats from fellow Democrats.

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Filed under: Democratic Party • President Obama
February 6th, 2009
07:30 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama fires up House Democrats


Watch the President's spirited defense of the Democratic stimulus package being considered by the Senate.

WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Thursday that "the scale and the scope" of his economic plan is right, turning up the heat on critics he said were hawking "phony arguments" and "false theories of the past" to chip away at the bill's programs.

Watch: The President comes out swinging

"Don't come to the table with the same tired arguments and worn ideas that helped to create this crisis," the president said at the House Democrats' annual retreat in Williamsburg.

"We're not going to get relief by turning back to the very same policies that, for the last eight years, doubled the national debt and threw our economy into a tailspin," he said. "We can't embrace the losing formula that says only tax cuts will work for every problem we face, that ignores critical challenges like our addiction to foreign oil, or the soaring cost of health care, or failing schools and crumbling bridges and roads and levees.

"I don't care whether you're driving a hybrid or an SUV - if you're headed for a cliff, you've got to change direction."

The Democrats welcomed the president with frequent interruptions for applause as he took on criticisms of the bill.

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January 28th, 2009
02:53 PM ET
3 months ago

New analysis suggests growing Democratic edge

A new analysis shows few 'Red States' remain.
A new analysis shows few 'Red States' remain.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The nation was evenly divided during the bitterly fought 2000 campaign, but the election night map was not: Viewers saw a sea of red flooding most of the country, with blue states ringing the coasts.

Two cycles later, an analysis of a year’s worth of polling data released Wednesday suggests a far different electoral landscape, and a shift more dramatic than even the Democrats’ solid 2008 showing might suggest: an ocean of blue surrounding a shrinking red island in the center of the nation.


Filed under: 2010 • Democratic Party • Republican Party
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