September 13th, 2010
12:19 PM ET
12 years ago

Midterm and presidential politics dominate the week

Washington (CNN) – From competitive congressional contests to high profile appearances by potential presidential candidates, over the next five days we will see the 2010 primary season come to a close and perhaps get greater insight into who may run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

For political junkies, this may be the best week, so far, of the year:

  • Tuesday: Seven states and the District of Columbia hold primaries with three of the states and the nation's capital of particular interest to me. In New Hampshire, there is a crowded Republican battle for the Senate nomination with the GOP establishment standing behind Kelly Ayotte and the powerful publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader backing Ovide Lamontagne. There is also a competitive Republican for a House seat. Delaware pits the centrist-Rep. Mike Castle against Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell. Embattled New York City Rep. Charlie Rangel faces the voters after being accused of violating congressional ethics rules. And in the D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is facing a difficult re-election against Council Chairman Vincent Gray.
  • Wednesday: The Republican National Committee launches a national bus tour of 48 states in an attempt to rally voters heading into the midterm elections.
  • Friday: Social conservatives converge on the nation's capital for the Values Voter Summit – an annual gathering where politics and policy are discussed by activists. Several potential presidential candidates are scheduled to address the conference including Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Mike Pence and Rick Santorum. On the same day, Sarah Palin headlines the Iowa Republican Party's Ronald Reagan Dinner in Des Moines.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Whatever

    Let the blood bath begin!!! WOW.... Oh sure Michael Steele flies first class and now they want to roll ou the buses. How much is that costing people?!?!

    September 13, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Adalbert

    We are where we are thanks to republican wars, tax cuts, job transfers and corporate welfare. So, it is inconceivable as to why any working class American in their right mind would want to vote for the republicans?
    Republicans never done anything to help the working class and they never will. They are in the pockets of the corporations and other special interests with huge resources. Money and power is all that the new GOP is interested in.

    September 13, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. jules sand-perkins

    Yes, political junkies as well as citizens who would like to see America survive this administration are interested in who will be the next Republican presidential nominee.
    I am more interested in who will be the next Democratic presidential nominee.

    September 13, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. stejo

    when I first read the headline, I thought it said, "Midterm and presidential politics dominate the weak". How true!

    September 13, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Richard Upton Pickman

    So this week is the same as every other week. All these cats do is posture and politick while nothing constructive is being done to address the root problems of this nation. All the "reforms' we've gotten in the last year and a half were written by lobbyists from the very industries they were meant to reform, in exchange for large campaign donations. And you morons call Obama a socialist. Ha! Wanna see how "progressive" Obama is? Keep your eye on the Warren nomination. If Obama was the least bit progressive, he'd make a recess appointment and Boner and his buddies would be apopleptic. But that's not how it will play out. He'll wait until congress is back in session to nominate her, knowing full well that confirmation is impossible. When she fails to be confirmed, he'll be able to tell the "lefties" that he tried and will then nominate a Wall Street insider who will be easily confirmed and the new consumer protection bureau will be a paper tiger that will do nothing to actually protect us. Watch and learn, teabaggers. Have a nice day!

    September 13, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Jackalope

    Has anybody ever seen a Republican on a bus?

    September 13, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Keith in Austin

    @ whatever!

    Does your Queen Nancy not fly coast-to-coast on her taxpayer-purchased private jet??? I agree with your comment about a bloodbath though...Democrats will be shunned in droves come November! Time to start dealing with it!

    September 13, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Phil in KC

    Values Voter Summit – brought to you by the people who would turn our nation into a theocracy, all the while condemning Middle East countries for doing so.
    I guess it's a case of 'our theocracy is better than your theocracy'. Or maybe it's that age-old argument over whose God is the one true God. It's OK if we're a theocracy because we have the real God. Whatever their argument, they can keep their values to themselves.

    September 13, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. REG in AZ

    What needs to be clearly recognized is that the Republicans have literally become 'puppets' for the Special Interests and the influential, powerful and extremely wealthy few, who 'pull their strings'. Whether disguised as concerned Tea Partiers or standard arrogant Republicans they are simply trying to con people into supporting a return to 'more of the same' that caused the problems as they literally offer no answers and instead only criticize and block all efforts to address the problems. We really need bipartisan cooperation with honest and conscientious efforts but the Republicans have clearly established that they put their political ambitions above all else and could care less about the majority (except to con them). In regard to any fairness, it should be remembered that the Bush tax cuts favored the wealthy by more than 80%, had no positive results and that the middle class has been constantly loosing ground (the poor even more so). The only way to get the Grand Ole Party back is to firmly reject what they have become and to ever return to 'more of the same', would be a catastrophe.

    September 13, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. President Obozo: On vacation and OUT TO LUNCH

    I've NEVER looked forward to a November before like I look forward to this one. The country will be reclaimed from the liberal socialists progressives that are driving it into bankruptcy with their endless spending.

    September 13, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Looks like these politicians all got it right, they know what jobs are available to them and they are supporting each other to get a job. BUT WAIT A MINUTE, WHERE'S THEIR SUPPORT IN HELPING AMERICANS GET JOBS?

    September 13, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. jay in denver

    There's going to be a Republican nominee for President in 2012? Poor schmuck better call Bob Dole for lessons in losing a blowout with grace and dignity.

    Obama could put a statue of Karl Marx on the White House lawn and declare Sharia law in the U.S., the GOP STILL has nobody who can beat him in 2012. MAN, that's got to be frustrating! (hee-hee!)

    September 13, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |