May 18th, 2008
02:45 PM ET
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Sunday Roundup: GOP in trouble?


(CNN) - On Tuesday, Democrat Travis Childers won a key Mississippi House seat against Republican Greg Davis. The district was thought to be a stronghold for the GOP, with the seat held by Rep. Roger Wicker since 1994.

The state’s governor appointed Wicker to the Senate seat of Trent Lott at the first of the year. Many in Republican circles are interpreting this loss, along with those of two other House seats in traditionally conservative districts, as an ominous sign for the November election.

Meanwhile, the congressional Democrats raised over $44 million for the upcoming campaign, while Republicans have only pulled in an estimated $7 million. And earlier this week, retiring Republican Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia sent out a memo calling the current political climate “the worst atmosphere we've seen since Watergate.”

On ABC’s “This Week” House Minority Leader John Boehner spoke with George Stephanopoulos about the chances for Republican gains in the fall.

(Full roundup after the jump)

“There's no question that the environment for Republicans is a difficult one,” Boehner said.

However, he was quick to deny any connection between the unpopularity of President Bush to his party’s odds of retaining their seats. “George Bush isn't on the ballot in November,” he asserted.

The Minority Leader also remained optimistic that voters will not turn against the GOP as they did in congressional elections two years ago. ”We learned our lesson after the 2006 elections,” Boehner said.


CBS’ “Face the Nation” featured Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist. When asked about the recent loss of three key House seats, Crist responded, “It's not a great trifecta.” As a way for the GOP to rebound in the fall, Crist advocated Republicans get their message back to a more positive trifecta: “lower taxes, less government and more freedom.”

Crist helped get the campaign of presumptive Republican nominee John McCain back on track with an endorsement before Florida’ primary. He is often mentioned as a possible running mate for McCain.


Karl Rove stopped by the “Fox News Sunday” studio this morning to give his take on the state of the Republican party. The former adviser to President Bush offered advice to party leaders, emphasizing the need to “treat the arguments of the Democrats as substantive and get away from labels,” citing the recent loss in Mississippi as evidence of this failed strategy. Rove also suggested that Republicans “sharpen the contrasts with the failed promises of the Democratic Congress,” citing low approval ratings for congressional Democrats.


Conservative radio talk show host and CNN contributor Bill Bennett spoke with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about GOP mistakes on “Late Edition.” He told Blitzer that Republicans like Rep. Tom Davis are making a mistake by publicly admitting that the party is in trouble. “A lot of Republicans say we're in serious trouble, we're doing the wrong thing,” Bennett said. “They've got to stop behaving this way.”


NBC’s “Meet the Press” had interviews with Democratic Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and a panel with former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

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  1. Anna, SW Missouri

    The Republicans need to keep putting Karl Rove out there everyday. Nothing will unite the Democratic Party faster! Unless, of course, it is Bush and Chaney on the campaign trail with McCain.

    May 18, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Kjetil

    I think they are in trouble because the war dont go so good and the economy is weakend. And people want better healthcare that GOP is against because of ideology. If the only way they can win is about to play on fear and homofobic rethoric i hope the democrats wins a landslide and kick away GOP after GOP in battels for congres and senate seat.

    May 18, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Crush Rush

    Of course they are and they knew it coming in,thats why they bought Hillary.

    May 18, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. An Ohio Voter

    Don't be fooled. If you think the GOP is in trouble, you do not understand what you are looking at. You cannot see the forest for the trees. The GOP is not in trouble but the Democrats will pay dearly for the negativity and divisiveness of this campaign. The DNC is a joke and we will all see why before this election is over. Well done Karl Rove, well done...............

    May 18, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. David Goldman for OBAMA








    May 18, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. GnosticMan

    The Republicans are on the Titanic, and they burned their lifeboats by continuing to support a failed war and failed policies. The NeoTards will have to be pruned from the party if it is ever to rise again...

    May 18, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Brian

    in trouble?

    No... they will just scare people into voting for them..........

    Vote for us or Hitler will come back to life marry the boogie monster and end life as we all know it......... oh yeah and gays will be able to marry unless you vote for us!

    May 18, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Jackson

    Travis Childers is a conservative Democrat ... pro life and pro gun ... so this is not necessarily a sign that the votes will go for liberal candidates ... especially Obama.

    May 18, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. After further review,Texas

    The failed policies of Congress were brought about by the foot dragging republicans and a president that used his veto pen to stop anything meaningful and they are going to be getting jobs as lobbyists on k street making even more money than they stole in office.

    May 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. marek

    GOP is full intolerant privlige poeple who do not give s**t about american people all they care is about their walet and power,
    it's about time that people start seeing it.

    May 18, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Griff

    It's a Big, Big Country, is the USA...

    May 18, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. gerald strother


    May 18, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Kim

    Yes the GOP is in big trouble! McCain has so many wholes in the ship he has been trying to sail it is not even funny. Not only does he contradict himself he is also not informed about many issues, including in the area of foreign affairs-which is suppose to be his strength! You Tube video clip TheRealMcCain shows it all ( The question is what can the GOP do to fix the problem?

    May 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Charlotte

    These idiots had Cheney campaign for them, it is no wonder they lost. I think I like Cheney less then I like Bush, and that is going some. We Americans tend to vote for a balance of power. If we think we will have a Republician President, we tend to elect Democrats to Congress. Stupid, but true. If Obama is the nominee, we will lose the White House. We Reagan Democrats vote for country above party. Obama fits the mold of Dukakis, Mondale, and Kerry. I might add they were not black, they were just too far to the left. I will write Hillary Clinton on my ballot in November, she is better then all of the others combined.

    May 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. norm 1NY

    they should be $5 gas and rising unemployment food prices . housing crisis etc war in iraq truckers cant cope with diesel costs wait until summer if mc should win we are dead

    May 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Franky

    "Meanwhile, the congressional Democrats raised over $44 million for the upcoming campaign, while Republicans have only pulled in an estimated $7 million."

    Hmmmm, hey GOP. Since I'm not really worried about Hillary anymore, it seems like somebody needs a loan, LOL!!!!! I'll hook you guys up but this time with a high tax increase.......and trust me, it'll be very high than Hillary's, LOL!!!!! Just call me GOP if you want a deal........and it has to be MY WAY..........

    May 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. george


    May 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    People can shake their heads all they want, the Republicians may
    in DEEP,DEEP trouble, but if Obama is the nominee they are going
    to win. People are just not comfortable with Obama as President,

    May 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. janey

    Call me selfish, call me disloyal, call me racist, call me anything you want, Obama people–but I will never be un patriotic and vote for the Obamas. I have always loved America and cannot and will not vote for someone who does not. No one that I know cares about the Democratic party who has been so disloyal to the Clintons and their supporters. Your threats are useless. Vote for your terrorist appeaser and I will vote for my Patriotic war hero and gentleman who has much knowledge and experience. Good-bye democrats! Hello Americans!

    May 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Ferna

    It is real that Republicans have sent the US to a remarkable lower world in every aspect among Economy, International reputation and a terrible loss of lives of young Americans in Iraq.Some have unnecessarily lost their parents and some their husbands, partiners.

    Please vote them out so that you can get back to where the world is used to place the US among nations. Vote them out in order to restore your respect.

    May 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Independent

    They are in trouble, and they only need to look at themselves. They have had 8 years to serve the American people, and have only lied to us, and taken care of themselves and their special interest lobbiests. We need a President that puts the people of this country first.

    May 18, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Habib

    There is anyway ,Hillary can drop out the race because she's in debt for her campain 20million and she just wanna hurt the democrat .And we need unite the party.I think if it was Obama in Hillary position ,he's gonna drop out no matter what.But since the clinton don't quit,we gonna see what gonna happened.This time she's gonna drop out because we are tired to the old washington politic.This new generation of young student wanna trie something new,not Clinton or Bush.

    May 18, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Jim

    The GOP doesn't have to raise a dime to beat Obama. He'll do that all by himself. HILLARY VOTERS WILL GO MCCAIN. I KNOW I WILL. Obama won't win the important swing states. Game's over Obamabots. Happy now?

    May 18, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Habib

    We just need give a chance to others citizen to lead this country.

    May 18, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Jane

    What do they expect? They had the White House and Congress, and look what they did. It's too bad those who voted for them couldn't have had the foresight to prevent such government that has left our country so wounded.

    May 18, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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