Review Category : Poltics

Iowa Senate Race Getting Closer, Poll Shows

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Iowa Senate race is still as tight as can be, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning, with 47 percent for Republican Joni Ernst and 45 percent for Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley.

Quinnipiac says the margin has tightened since its last poll because independent voters have likely shifted to the Democratic column. The university’s poll from Sept. 17 had Ernst up six points.

Independent voters are now supporting Braley 48 to 43 percent, “a shift from Ernst’s 50-43 percent lead among these key voters last month,” the poll says.

An important and positive sign for Braley: he leads 51 to 37 percent among those who have already voted.

As for that all important “mind is made up” question, 89 percent of likely voters say their mind is made up, while 10 percent may change their mind.

With favorability, 47 to 41 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of Ernst, while Braley is underwater with a 42 to 44 percent favorable opinion.

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Dem Campaign Chief Bracing for Electoral Wave: ‘Is It a Concern? Yes’

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) — Less than three weeks from Election Day, the top House Democratic campaign official, Rep. Steve Israel, says there’s “concern” that a Republican electoral wave could be coming this fall.

With a new ABC News/Washington Post poll showing President Obama’s approval rating at a career low of 40 percent and House Republicans holding a seven-point edge over Democrats on the generic ballot, Israel characterized the electoral landscape as “tough and unpredictable.”

“Am I fearful? No. Is it a concern? Yes,” Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said of the prospects of a GOP wave during a briefing for reporters on Capitol Hill. “We assumed going into this midterm election that the generics would be very tight and planned accordingly. Whether a wave erupts remains to be seen.”

Nevertheless, Israel pointed to internal polling showing 32 competitive House races, with Democrats playing offense on 18 seats but also scrambling to defend 14 vulnerable incumbents.

“We anticipated the worst from Day One,” Israel, D-N.Y., said. “The first thing I see every morning when my eyes flutter open is 29, which is the average loss [of House seats] to the president’s party in a second midterm, so we knew that the exposure could be 29.”

Still, Israel refused to predict how many seats his party could lose and emphasized he expects Democrats, who have outraised Republicans, to keep the matchups competitive up until Election Day on Nov. 4.

“We never assumed the best. We prepared for the worst,” Israel acknowledged. “Irrespective of what is happening in the world and irrespective of where the president’s numbers may be, every single one of our incumbents is either ahead, or up by the margin of error, or tied. That’s because we have three words: prepare, prepare, prepare.”

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Kentucky Senate Race: DSCC Not Running Ads, Grimes Ad Criticized

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign may have shattered fundraising records, raising nearly $4.9 million in the last quarter, but it got some tough news from national Democrats on Tuesday.

An official with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee confirmed to ABC News that the campaign has spent more than $2 million in the hotly contested Kentucky Senate race, but they currently have no ads on the air.

And at least two liberal groups are calling on the Grimes campaign to pull an ad off the air that accuses Grimes’ Republican opponent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, of supporting “amnesty.” They are calling the ad both “offensive” and “dehumanizing.”

When asked if it planned on taking down the ad, the campaign did not say yes or no, instead releasing a statement from their campaign manager saying Grimes “favors comprehensive immigration reform” and saying McConnell’s “hypocrisy on this issue is breathtaking.”

When asked again by ABC News if it planned to pull the ad, the campaign sent a release detailing their fundraising numbers.

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Sen. Pat Roberts Has a Change of Heart

iStock/Thinkstock – US Senate(WASHINGTON) — It’s been one of his biggest criticisms from disillusioned supporters — that the Pat Roberts of today is different from the Pat Roberts who first ran for U.S. Senate back in 1996.

But video from a 1996 debate flagged by a C-SPAN staffer on Tuesday is now coming back to haunt the three-term incumbent seeking reelection.

In the video, Roberts, R-Kan., said: “I plan only to serve two terms in the U.S. Senate.”

It’s a statement that his Independent opponent Greg Orman has explicitly pledged to, looking to appeal to the growing number of critics in Kansas who claim Roberts has become too cozy in his Virginia digs.

In a statement provided to ABC News, Roberts explained his change of heart, saying, “I did plan to only serve two terms, but I’m a Marine. 9/11 changed everything in my mind. I felt like I had to serve.”

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Sen. Pat Roberts Has a Change of Heart

iStock/Thinkstock – US Senate(WASHINGTON) — It’s been one of his biggest criticisms from disillusioned supporters — that the Pat Roberts of today is different from the Pat Roberts who first ran for U.S. Senate back in 1996.

But video from a 1996 debate flagged by a C-SPAN staffer on Tuesday is now coming back to haunt the three-term incumbent seeking reelection.

In the video, Roberts, R-Kan., said: “I plan only to serve two terms in the U.S. Senate.”

It’s a statement that his Independent opponent Greg Orman has explicitly pledged to, looking to appeal to the growing number of critics in Kansas who claim Roberts has become too cozy in his Virginia digs.

In a statement provided to ABC News, Roberts explained his change of heart, saying, “I did plan to only serve two terms, but I’m a Marine. 9/11 changed everything in my mind. I felt like I had to serve.”

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Obama to Convene Emergency Ebola Meeting at the White House

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has postponed a campaign trip to New Jersey and Connecticut to hold an emergency meeting on the Ebola outbreak Wednesday afternoon at the White House, the administration announced.

Obama plans to convene members of the key cabinet agencies coordinating the federal government response, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense, the White House said in a statement.

The president is expected to deliver remarks at the conclusion of the meeting.

The meeting comes after a second health care worker at a Dallas hospital was diagnosed with the virus after treating an infected patient from West Africa who later died.

Obama was to attend a Democratic fundraiser in New Jersey Wednesday, then continue to Bridgeport, Connecticut, for his first public campaign rally of the season — an appearance with Gov. Dan Malloy.

At a meeting with military leaders on Tuesday, Obama said his administration was “surging resources into Dallas” to examine how nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola and ensure “all lessons learned” will be applied across the country.

“Obviously, one case is too many. We need to eliminate those risks for” nurses on the front lines, he said.

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Obama to Convene Emergency Ebola Meeting at the White House

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has postponed a campaign trip to New Jersey and Connecticut to hold an emergency meeting on the Ebola outbreak Wednesday afternoon at the White House, the administration announced.

Obama plans to convene members of the key cabinet agencies coordinating the federal government response, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense, the White House said in a statement.

The president is expected to deliver remarks at the conclusion of the meeting.

The meeting comes after a second health care worker at a Dallas hospital was diagnosed with the virus after treating an infected patient from West Africa who later died.

Obama was to attend a Democratic fundraiser in New Jersey Wednesday, then continue to Bridgeport, Connecticut, for his first public campaign rally of the season — an appearance with Gov. Dan Malloy.

At a meeting with military leaders on Tuesday, Obama said his administration was “surging resources into Dallas” to examine how nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola and ensure “all lessons learned” will be applied across the country.

“Obviously, one case is too many. We need to eliminate those risks for” nurses on the front lines, he said.

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Obama to Hit the Stump for Democratic Governor Hopefuls

Pete Souza – The White House(WASHINGTON) — Vulnerable Democrats running for Congress this year seem to want President Obama to steer clear of their campaigns, and a new ABC News/Washington Post poll provided fresh evidence of why: Only 40 percent of Americans approve of how Obama is handling his job, the lowest such rating of his presidency.

But now, eight Democrats are reaching out a hand to the president, inviting him to rally with voters in their states ahead of Election Day.

On Wednesday, Obama had been planning to hold his first public campaign event of the season for Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, though the White House later announced the trip had been postponed as Obama reacted to the Ebola outbreak from Washington.

Two additional Obama trips, to Maryland and Illinois, are planned for Sunday, the White House said.

All of the rallies Obama plans to attend are in reliably blue states that he carried in 2012 and for Democratic gubernatorial candidates who have an edge, though several of their races are tight.

The president is planning to stump for only one Democratic candidate for Senate — Gary Peters of Michigan — in a race less-than-critical to maintaining his party’s majority in the Senate.

Here’s a look at the eight Democrats not afraid to appear with Obama:

1. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy

Malloy is an unpopular first-term governor locked in a tight race with GOP businessman and former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley. But he hasn’t been bashful about advocating some of the same domestic priorities an equally unpopular President Obama shares: tighter gun control laws, a higher minimum wage, and full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

2. Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown

Brown appears to hold a healthy lead over his Republican challenger in deep-blue Maryland, but a visit by Obama could help boost turnout among the Democratic base. The Democrat’s campaign is hoping the president will help energize African-American voters and other key demographic groups that voted for him in 2012.

3. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have done more campaigning for Quinn than any other candidate in 2014, perhaps in part because of the home-state connection. Obama held a private fundraiser for Quinn in Chicago two weeks ago then heaped praise on him during an economic speech at Northwestern University.

4. Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke

Burke is a former CEO of Trek Bicycle Corp. trying to unseat high-profile Republican Gov. Scott Walker. It’s one of the tightest gubernatorial races in the country. First lady Michelle Obama has done eight rallies this year. Two were in Wisconsin for Burke.

5. Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf

Wolf is a businessman who turned his family company into the nation’s self-declared largest supplier of kitchen cabinets and specialty building materials. He also served in the administration of former Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell. Now, Wolf, a first-time candidate, holds a slight edge in public polls over GOP Gov. Tom Corbett, who’s seeking a second term.

6. Maine Rep. Mike Michaud

Michaud has served in the House for more than a decade, sitting on the Veterans Affairs, Small Business and Transportation committees. He’s now making a run to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Independent polls show Michaud holding a slight lead headed into the final weeks of the campaign.

7. Former Michigan Rep. Mark Schauer

Schauer served in the House from 2009 to 2011. Now, he’s making a play for governor with the help of high-powered Democrats. First lady Michelle Obama rallied for him last week, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will stump with him later this week. President Obama will soon follow. Obama won the state by nine points over Mitt Romney in 2012.

8. Michigan Rep. Gary Peters

Peters is running for a U.S. Senate seat that Democrat Carl Levin has held since 1979. All indications are that the two-term congressman will succeed in replacing Levin, who is retiring. But having Obama join on the stump in the home stretch, in a reliably blue state, may not hurt.

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Obama to Hit the Stump for Democratic Governor Hopefuls

Pete Souza – The White House(WASHINGTON) — Vulnerable Democrats running for Congress this year seem to want President Obama to steer clear of their campaigns, and a new ABC News/Washington Post poll provided fresh evidence of why: Only 40 percent of Americans approve of how Obama is handling his job, the lowest such rating of his presidency.

But now, eight Democrats are reaching out a hand to the president, inviting him to rally with voters in their states ahead of Election Day.

On Wednesday, Obama had been planning to hold his first public campaign event of the season for Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, though the White House later announced the trip had been postponed as Obama reacted to the Ebola outbreak from Washington.

Two additional Obama trips, to Maryland and Illinois, are planned for Sunday, the White House said.

All of the rallies Obama plans to attend are in reliably blue states that he carried in 2012 and for Democratic gubernatorial candidates who have an edge, though several of their races are tight.

The president is planning to stump for only one Democratic candidate for Senate — Gary Peters of Michigan — in a race less-than-critical to maintaining his party’s majority in the Senate.

Here’s a look at the eight Democrats not afraid to appear with Obama:

1. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy

Malloy is an unpopular first-term governor locked in a tight race with GOP businessman and former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley. But he hasn’t been bashful about advocating some of the same domestic priorities an equally unpopular President Obama shares: tighter gun control laws, a higher minimum wage, and full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

2. Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown

Brown appears to hold a healthy lead over his Republican challenger in deep-blue Maryland, but a visit by Obama could help boost turnout among the Democratic base. The Democrat’s campaign is hoping the president will help energize African-American voters and other key demographic groups that voted for him in 2012.

3. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have done more campaigning for Quinn than any other candidate in 2014, perhaps in part because of the home-state connection. Obama held a private fundraiser for Quinn in Chicago two weeks ago then heaped praise on him during an economic speech at Northwestern University.

4. Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke

Burke is a former CEO of Trek Bicycle Corp. trying to unseat high-profile Republican Gov. Scott Walker. It’s one of the tightest gubernatorial races in the country. First lady Michelle Obama has done eight rallies this year. Two were in Wisconsin for Burke.

5. Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf

Wolf is a businessman who turned his family company into the nation’s self-declared largest supplier of kitchen cabinets and specialty building materials. He also served in the administration of former Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell. Now, Wolf, a first-time candidate, holds a slight edge in public polls over GOP Gov. Tom Corbett, who’s seeking a second term.

6. Maine Rep. Mike Michaud

Michaud has served in the House for more than a decade, sitting on the Veterans Affairs, Small Business and Transportation committees. He’s now making a run to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Independent polls show Michaud holding a slight lead headed into the final weeks of the campaign.

7. Former Michigan Rep. Mark Schauer

Schauer served in the House from 2009 to 2011. Now, he’s making a play for governor with the help of high-powered Democrats. First lady Michelle Obama rallied for him last week, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will stump with him later this week. President Obama will soon follow. Obama won the state by nine points over Mitt Romney in 2012.

8. Michigan Rep. Gary Peters

Peters is running for a U.S. Senate seat that Democrat Carl Levin has held since 1979. All indications are that the two-term congressman will succeed in replacing Levin, who is retiring. But having Obama join on the stump in the home stretch, in a reliably blue state, may not hurt.

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Iowa Senate Candidate Killed in Plane Crash

DrDougForIowa.com(DUBUQUE, Iowa) — The Libertarian candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from Iowa was killed in a plane crash Monday night in Dubuque.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the cause of the crash, said that Doug Butzier was piloting a Piper PA-46 that went down about a mile short of the runway as it approached the airport. He was the only person on board.

Butzier, 59, was running against Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley, who both issued statements of condolences to Butzier’s family.

Dr. Lee Hieb, the Libertarian Party candidate for governor, said “Iowa and the cause of individual liberty are significantly diminished by his passing.”

Butzier was an emergency room doctor and medical staff president at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

He was seeking the seat being vacated by Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin. According to polling, Butzier had about two percent of support among registered Iowa voters.

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