News / USA

Republicans, Democrats Vie for Control of Congress in Tuesday's Midterm Elections

Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio, talks to supporters during a campaign stop Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, in Tampa, Fla.
Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio, talks to supporters during a campaign stop Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, in Tampa, Fla.
William Ide

Republican and Democratic politicians made bold predictions on Sunday and sounded upbeat ahead of Tuesday's midterm congressional and gubernatorial elections.  

U.S. President Barack Obama tried to rally fellow Democrats in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday.  The president urged supporters not to become discouraged despite persistent high unemployment and a sluggish economy.

Mr. Obama pledged that despite these challenges, progress will come. "I know some of the excitement of election night [two years ago and then] inaugauration day starts to fade.  You know Beyonce was singing and Bono was up there," he said. "I know people start saying, 'Aw that was fun, now it seems like work all the time.'  And then you guys see me on TV, 'Boy, he's getting really gray, you see that, he's starting to look old.'"

The president told supporters that despite what his critics say, the Democtats are making a difference. "But look Cleveland, I want you to remember this - don't let any body tell you this fight isn't worth it," he said.

Mr. Obama went to Cleveland to help bolster support for Democratic candidates.  It was the last stop of a four-state campaign tour through states where Democrats are in danger of losing to Republicans.

There is near universal agreement among political experts and public opinion surveys that Republicans are poised to win back majority control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday.  In the Senate, Republicans are expected to at least weaken the Democratic majority.

Sarah Palin, who was the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee in 2008, told the "Fox News Sunday" television program that voters were going to send President Obama a strong message on Election Day. "I think it is going to be a political earthquake and the message will have been sent to the left that they blew it and Americans are waking up and they are saying smaller, smarter government is the only way that the country can get back on the right track," she said.

Palin and other Republican leaders say Tuesday's vote is a referendum on President Obama's policies  and what they say is his inability to revive the U.S. economy.

Speaking Sunday on NBC television's "Meet the Press" program, Tim Kaine, the head of the Democratic National Comittee, called Tuesday's vote a choice between two ways of solving problems. "I think this is a clear choice, not a referendum.  It is a choice between a Democratic Party that is doing heavy lifting to turn a shrinking economy that the Republicans left us into a growing economy," he said.

Kaine said Democrats can expect some loses on Tuesday, but not enough to loose majority control of either the House or the Senate.

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election.  More than 50 seats now held by Democrats are at risk of changing political hands.  Some experts predict that the Republicans might win as many as 55 seats in the House.  They need only 39 seats to take back majority control.

You May Like

Ukraine Purges Interior Ministry Leadership With Pro-Russian Ties

Interior Minister Avakov says 91 people 'in positions of leadership' have been fired, including 8 generals found to have links to past pro-Moscow governments More

US Airlines Point to Additional Problems of any Ebola Travel Ban

Airline officials note that even under travel ban, they may not be able to determine where passenger set out from, as there are no direct flights from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone More

Nigerian President to Seek Another Term

Goodluck Jonathan has faced intense criticism for failing to stop Boko Haram militants More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
October 25, 2014 4:21 PM
Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.

All About America

AppleAndroid