July 18th, 2010
03:05 PM ET
13 years ago

Political rhetoric shows Nov. election campaign is in full swing


"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.

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  1. jim

    This president has mismanaged the economy like he has the disaster in the Gulf. No one should be proud of the sorry state of the economy but there he is either on the campaign trail or on vacation bragging about the great recovery that nobody other than he and his friends see.And he's the one who calls the war in Afghanistan the "good war"and sent nearly 60,000 more troops there so he could thump his chest and say he's trying to clean up Bush's mess.Bring them home ,now. The nation shold have elected Hillary. At least she wouldn't be standing around eating snow cones while the Gulf drowns in oil .

    July 18, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Jane

    Don't forget to just say "NO" to Republicans in November. It's easy to remember: they ARE the party of "NO"!!!


    July 18, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    WOW At long last McPhinster admitts all they care about is voting NO on everything that is put forward by the Presdient or Democratic Party in Congress.
    So when will these lazy "do-nothing" Repbulicans do their JOB and come up with some real ideas and policies for the benefit of our country.
    The Republicnas have nothing to run on this fall except their appeasement to the radical far right wing wackos – they will be slaughtered. Can't come soon enough.

    July 18, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. hypocricnnation

    No Doubt About It Being A Safari In The Jungle Of Politics, Because It's Always Lyin' Season.

    July 18, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Wake up and smell the coffee

    It is amazing that the GOP can get away with continuing to say that the Democrats are the "spenders" when the GOP turned a budget surplus into a massive budget deficit in 8 years. The vast majority of the spending that the Obama administration has done has been to keep our country from falling into a depression. The GOP has nothing to offer. They are absolutely no more fiscally responsible - in fact they have proven to be less responsible - than Democrats. On top of that, the GOP cannot even learn from its mistakes. The GOP continues to advocate for "free market" a/k/a deregulation even as we continue to clean up the mess that deregulation has caused us. I used to be an Independent, but I cannot see myself voting for a Republican anytime in the near future. They cannot admit their past mistakes and offer no no ideas. I want our country to take a step forward, not a step backward which is all the GOP offers.

    July 18, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |