Race for Weiner's Congressional Seat
Is special election referendum on Obama?
- Duration 3:57
- Date Sep 13, 2011
Is special election referendum on Obama?
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About some politics now a special election underway right now in New York City.
-- a sign of trouble for the president and the Democratic Party and when He -- wealthy.
I Democrats are hoping to hold onto -- -- given up by disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner.
A Republican Bob Turner is facing off and special election against a Democrat.
David -- brand.
A win by turner again Republicans heavily democratic district.
Could signal widespread discontent with the president -- party but again we'll see AB Stoddard is an associate editor of the hill -- she's joining us to work through that so.
AB AC size of the story again we've said it already in the introduction there could be a referendum on the president.
As some say though that special elections -- over are are completely overstated in their meaning as far as what's gonna happen next year which side you fall on I mean I.
Eight that we see -- a different situation a different story in every special election as you know Democrats won.
A special election a few months back in New York because of the 26 district because.
They pounded the Republican on on that on the issue of Medicare and the fact that Republicans in the house had voted for congressman Paul Ryan's plan to overhaul Medicare.
And a Democrat -- up winning that seat Republican district now you have.
But Republicans are very motivated very energized to vote.
You don't see a lot of momentum on the democratic side Democrats are not feeling good about the president's record.
And of accomplishment not feeling good in this tough economy and unlikely to turn out and didn't -- they're not strong enough numbers to elect a Democrat it doesn't mean.
That every special election means that the following national election.
Will will go the way of of that individual one I think we're looking next year at a very tough year for Democrats.
Having to defend president Obama's record but a tough year for Republican incumbents as well.
A sense say there at -- when you come to the voting Booth.
That -- really there's element of being worried about local issues as well so using this is an example.
Why would you say this is a referendum again -- the president -- is -- a referendum Monday disgraced.
Congressman -- a Democrat.
That that lied to his constituents.
Right well -- out what.
I think it's a combination of many factors and Democrats in the ninth district in New York are not feeling energized to support the Democratic Party.
They have congressman Weiner -- former congressman -- had left in disgrace.
And they have President Obama who Bob -- the Republican is campaigning against in addition to the Democrat David.
David wept when you have President Obama very -- -- his numbers in new York state blue state upside down with disapproval higher than his approval numbers.
It's an unlikely Democrats even with a local concern are going to be is energized to turn out in a special election.
As Republicans are there just much more motivated right now to vote against Democrats do you think it.
Anyone as energized at this point AB when you take a look at some of the approval ratings for congress from both parties that we look it's when He Tom do you -- People really coming out.
To vote on either side.
Or you think it's gonna be one of those elections were made we don't see the -- that that we saw.
At last year are even -- I 2008 election I think that's a good point because I think that Democrats are a spirited they're disappointed.
In President Obama and and they are very very scared in this economy Republicans the same.
Very critical of the president's policies word about the economy so.
-- at the same time you see Republicans in congress.
Having fought with the president in their nine months in office their record of governing is bringing us the brink of a government shutdown in April and a default.
In August -- poll numbers are abysmal as well so if you're Republican incumbent next year.
You're gonna have a Democrat drying out against you saying throw the bums out and voters could energize against that if you're democratic incumbent tough here to defend -- promised policies -- -- easing to YCBO is appreciate your insights thank you thank you for coming on.