New analysis: GOP may win control of both houses of congress
Representatives Joe Sestak and Bob McEwen weigh in
- Duration 5:47
- Date Jun 10, 2012
Representatives Joe Sestak and Bob McEwen weigh in
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Voice raising the possibility of another shift in the balance of power in Washington State by state and -- analysis.
Showing that Republicans are poised to keep control of the house.
But they may also capture a majority in the sixth.
Here's a map of the states that are -- play the GOP needs to win four seats right now the party appears.
Appears to be in good position to win between two and five.
So will it happen former Ohio congressman Bob -- is a Republican and former Pennsylvania congressman -- stack.
If they Democrats.
Thank you very much for -- yes.
-- -- back we have had to be with -- that we saw that that briefly there the GOP only needs to gained four seats to take a 5149.
Majority in the senate sees it nominal control away from the Democrats.
Said there is a chance sadly said that they could do it.
What impact would that have on whichever candidate wins the White House in November congressman says back I'll begin with -- Yes Heather I think that right now the Democrats may hold onto the majority.
And why I think whichever party has it will be seen as so significant difference it's not going to be defining and that's because frankly Heather both parties are broken.
You they've come to understand -- believe that whichever party's in the minority that the only way to gain the majority.
Is to make sure that the other side won't govern well.
It's so they use these arcane rules particularly in the senate.
To make sure that the government grinds to a halt so that the electoral believe the other party should become the majority look -- everything has changed in the last century.
You know -- -- the right to vote we have the Internet -- hasn't changed so the threat is the broken rules of the senate.
Where one senator can filibuster forever doesn't have to stand on the floor I think if you can't fix the partisan better leaders I have a third party at least fix the rules of the senate.
So that you can at least have governance and governance that's done well.
And -- -- congressman McCarron let's talk a little bit more about that how do we get work done in legislation passed consider this say it it is.
President Romney and a GOP majority -- would have minority democratic senate.
What they try to push for a 23 majority filibusters to make mr.
Romney -- one -- -- Our with the GOP insist on up or down votes and then say the opposite say President Obama wins second term.
Would the two sides finally cooperate no matter who has a majority or does the GOP try to make him a lame -- what happens.
While much of what Joseph says is absolutely true the fact is that the first years that he was an office.
This president had a supermajority.
Over sixty members of his party in and -- senate Republicans have never had that in the history of the United States and yet for three years they have failed to pass a single budget.
Now the budget cuts we passed every year it's part of the law they haven't passed it wants now that's responsibility of the majority leader -- as as Joseph mentioned.
That's the gentleman from Nevada he refuses to to -- do the basic business when he wanted to take over health care obamacare he kept the bill on.
On his desk in his private office and certain members to go in and make amendments there and then sprung it on the floor bypassing the committee process.
So when you say that it's broken it's broken because of the people that we have they're in charge.
And I believe that if we were to change the leadership of the senate we could make significant changes that we've seen in the house the house has passed a budget every time the senate refuses to do so and this fall we're going to have -- election which we choose a new president and new members of the congress and I think we're gonna have a sea change in the direction the country's been going.
And what about that to congressman asthma attack you know let's talk about specifically the swing states independent voters as well some of the biggest battles for senate -- They're doing -- -- -- likely also to see some intense presidential campaigning independent voters don't usually make up their minds until late fall.
How much influence will the national trends have over the senate races.
I don't think the national trend is gonna have very much impact within the states.
I think you see.
Whether it's Massachusetts whether it's Ohio where it very well may change from Democrat Republican that's been influenced by the national mood.
I think what you have found which is most significant.
Is that voters have changed from moving out of the two parties to where now.
It is between the thirty yard lines almost.
You have so many who identified themselves as independents -- used to be between the forty yard lines that they are looking at things independently it's unfortunate.
Part two respective parties had been taken over by ideologues so.
You know why the Democrats only had 59 not sixty votes until mr.
Specter changed parties which -- he had to and he.
That -- when you see Mitch McConnell.
And he has said that look he is number one objective is to stop whatever mr.
Obama is going to do he's probably not being influenced by the national mood.
What he's been influenced by -- what he believes Kentucky needs.
And so what you really have to have your leaders who are willing to after the election try to work -- the other side the last time -- had a landslide is mr.
Reagan so just -- to a three or four more Republicans or Democrats.
Isn't enough when a filibuster and stop everybody from doing good -- It's congressman -- have to wrap up -- but.
You can have been hearing give your response but it just quickly say that I strongly disagree I believe the country's gonna make a change who I believe the -- is going to make -- change it can work.
We need a needn't say that our entire system is broken the leadership is broken -- Reagan -- election night there's nothing wrong with this country the proper leadership can't change that country went from floundering to leadership but we can do it again.
-- I have to agree with that with the right leadership from both parties we can do much better and you said you -- great that's got it absolutely is about leadership willing to lose for the good of the America -- -- thank you guys so much for joining -- you're really appreciate it thank you very -- die video it.