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A look at some of this year's most crucial mid term races we turn to two veteran campaign strategists.
Joining us from Bakersfield California the architect of two presidential victories Republican Carl -- And here in studio with me the former campaign manager to Howard Dean Democrat Joseph Trippi gentlemen thanks for being with us as always.
Carl first to you before we dig into some of the races across the country let's talk about money.
Here's what the president said about you served.
In this senate race two groups funded and advised by Karl Rove.
Outstanding the Democratic Party to one.
In an attempt to be -- access to one.
Funded and -- Micro -- Now the two groups are crossroads GPS 501 C four organization and American crossroads -- 527 group -- your response -- the press.
Over all the president's completely inaccurate he said I funded my wish I had the billions of dollars -- George Soros says that he's used to fund democratic causes in the past.
I'm helping -- through -- raising money for them.
As is allowed under the laws United States for American crossroads is a five point seven crossroads GPS is a -- -- four.
The latter the former reports its -- the latter does not the latter is like a lot of liberal groups -- National Resources Defense Council League of Conservation Voters.
Senator for American progress.
-- Now report to -- Well here's what Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine said.
Responding to you he released this statement quote despite multiple confirmed accounts of American crossroads and crossroads GPS being conceived in his own home.
Promoting the group extensively in the media and raising funds for Karl Rove claims.
And he is not helping to fund these groups mr.
rove has gone further and accused the president of being misleading.
These are serious accusations accusations that we would think mr.
rove would be willing to back up with incontrovertible.
Evidence so your response to that look.
I I am I am helping raise money for these groups but there's a difference between helping raise money and funding these groups present left the implication.
The speech on Thursday and in this besides some health.
Taken a check out of my pocket and putting millions in this into these groups.
That I'm I'm absolutely help them do -- everything I possibly can raise money -- in fact that people watching this broadcast won't contribute go to American crowd.
All right -- right for a contribution.
There's a lot of focus -- by the president and others democratic leaders.
On what he calls the -- -- groups.
But unions and liberal groups are spending -- daily caller writes this unions and liberal groups have said for months.
That they are spending one amassed more than 200 million dollars in this election cycle and updated count including.
Verification with major labor groups that their commitment still stand shows that -- to be more than 250 million dollars now so.
It's all of this democratic focus on the spending a little disingenuous.
No not -- all I -- all these groups have been involved before they overall all the groups -- you just listed that he had some of the ones that -- listed the the differences here -- them not a corporate money.
That's that's pumping into the system we've never seen seen before and also.
Now with the chamber.
US chamber that's -- even accusations that some of that money may -- foreign corporate money.
That's this literally funding some of these campaigns.
In independent expenditures I think that's where the war that's going to be an issue I think going down through November election -- where's that money coming from.
Although that the chamber denies that and the New York Times a -- about the foreign money that.
They wrote there's little evidence that with the chamber doesn't collecting overseas news is improper even on usual according to -- liberal conservative election law that -- -- Brett.
Their money -- -- the white it would it would when he went further than that -- the White House was unable to back up his charge.
That the United States chamber of commerce was -- for money on political activity you do it's that's in the -- New York Times story yesterday looked.
The sentencing -- your -- -- by the White House the same New Yorkers say this is a desperate political ploy by the White House.
To distract attention from the failed economic policies from a jobless recovery from the terrible economic news last week.
It from the failure of the Obama care proposal to -- popular support.
And they're -- out these baseless charges the president United States -- the chamber of commerce in the Democratic National Committee in its new ad accuses Ed Gillespie and of a criminal violation of our -- by we're getting foreign money.
And spend it on American political campaigns and they have not one shred of evidence.
To back up that -- -- this is a desperate and I think it disturbing trend by the president of United States.
To tar his political adversaries with some kind of you know enemies list with being -- restrained by any facts or or.
Evidence whatsoever -- the timing of them looked at chamber in that same New York Times article says that it.
The big commingled fund the funds come from four immunities that come from US companies and then those that they only -- -- used the US company money to.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- No no joke that they are able to see it -- you joke they don't they receive a 100000 they receive a 100000 dollars from American chambers of commerce abroad.
And they very carefully they say segregate that money out of their 200 million dollar budget.
Observing the US laws that they can spend no foreign money on political activity and they don't.
And the president United States and the Democratic National Committee have no evidence to the country.
And yet they accuse them of violating the criminal laws the United States have these people no shame that the president United States.
Have such little regard for the office and he holds and he goes out there and makes these kind of baseless charges against his political enemies this is this is just -- -- the pale.
How dare the president do this.
OK with that we're going to go to these individual races we asked each of you to come up with three races and senate race house race -- governor's race.
That you find a race to watch Karl -- gonna start with you.
You point to the Illinois senate race Republican Mark Kirk vs Democrat elected you know is real clear politics average of poll shows -- up one point two.
Why this one besides the president was talking about you there there's.
Well look this is there are lots of very -- consideration -- and I've had an interesting set of conversations about these I just -- this one because.
To me it's very interesting the president is putting a lot of time and energy and effort he's going there Michelle go in there the vice -- gone their several times present itself has been there several times -- -- on -- -- in this -- the president's home state it's a seat -- the should be easily in the Democrats can't column and the fact that it is it says something both about the quality of the Republican candidate.
Mark Kirk in the day in the and the problems and difficulties of the democratic candidate -- Steve -- -- Joseph you chose Washington State the senate race there -- that pits incumbent Democrat Patty Murray against Republican.
Dino Rossi right now -- nuclear has this essentially tied in the polls why this.
Outlook I think if Patty Murray wins -- -- there's no in my view there's no way the Republicans can take the senate -- so this will be the one that goes down the wire.
Both parties fighting tooth and -- -- I think patty -- been hanging in there.
But if she wins it there's no way that that the Republicans take this and that's why I think this is a key -- -- -- going down the wire let's start a house races now Joseph you chose Pennsylvania fifteen.
Republican incumbent Charlie -- against Democrat Bethlehem mayor John Callahan.
Yeah well John Callahan.
Actually -- 5000 new jobs to -- appointment on the -- all the all this mess that we're going through it and it when he was the -- and is very -- I think.
Look this one simple.
This is a Republican incumbent who could go down.
And if that happens.
There -- five or six these races across the country that happens Republicans don't have to win 39.
They got to win 4546.
Seats to take the house so you see -- be an early one to watch watch it now but it.
It but it -- -- goes down.
It means it's going to be a much tougher.
-- for Republicans to take the house that Carl you chose Indiana nine in the congressional district there Democrat Baron Hill against Republican Todd yell.
I chose Indiana nine because like Indiana two in Indiana eight.
They will report a month there will be among the first if not the first -- to report in the country.
And this district Indian and and was won by John McCain with 50% of the vote to 48% of the vote for Barack Obama.
Baron Hill won by 58% when he won reelection two years ago.
I think this can that you were going to be able look at this and see how much -- there's been in this may give us a sense of what tonight is gonna look like.
If the Republicans take this district and I think they will the margin of shift from what McCain got.
To what Todd young we'll get will give us a sense of what we might see across the country and if there's a -- if there's a sense of shift to -- 45 or six points.
From what McCain got to what -- young gets that could be a -- of a big night for the Republicans but all of those Indiana seats are gonna reporter early.
It will give us an early indication what kind of movement there is.
Across the country OK finally governors' races Carl and you chose the New Mexico governor's race -- that it's.
Democrat lieutenant governor Diane Denish against Republican Susanna Martinez now the real clear politics average has Martinez up like eight point three right now.
-- -- -- It looked like I could've chosen one the Great Lakes states to Wisconsin.
Illinois and Michigan -- Ohio Pennsylvania all of which you've got with the exception Michigan governor's races.
-- senate races -- there are some really key contest but I took this one because six months ago the Democrats were expected easily to retain this seat.
They had a -- -- the -- lieutenant governorship four million dollars cash on hand Republicans had a crowded and so -- acrimonious primary.
-- that we find ourselves today with -- Republican prosecutor from Las Cruces.
A Susanna Martinez on the edge of becoming the first Latina governor in the United States of America.
In a key battleground state for 2012 that -- times has shown a shield.
New Mexico has been an indicator like Missouri in presidential elections in this so this could be an interesting.
-- -- -- what what we've faced two years from.
OK Joseph you chose Florida Florida governor's race down there with Republican Rick Scott against Democrat Alex Sink the real clear average has this race.
Very close got up one point eight right now.
I think this is in big implications.
Redistricting later on in the in the 2012.
Presidential race Obama would like to carry Florida I think Alex Sink is run and -- -- stand there.
And I think she can win this thing I think I've been and that's the one won't watch I think in terms of governor's race does a big state like Florida.
Stay in the Republican column -- -- -- and pick it up I think she can.
Joseph Carl as always thank you will be watching on election night see how it all turns out 23 days from now coming up.
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