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Well a lot of the pollsters are predicting Democrats will lose the house after today's elections what would that mean for the party going forward what what it mean for our government.
-- -- Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell joins us now also the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Governor I don't have to tell you Americans seem to like divided government there have been long periods in this country where we've had one party controlling the White House.
And the other party controlling Capitol Hill could it be a good thing.
If Republicans win how well.
It could get John if that divided government works in the interest the American people.
That happened -- after the night before congressional elections when the Republicans took the congress and they work with President Clinton do a lot of good things including welfare reform for example.
But the partisan atmosphere it's never been worse he had Mitch McConnell saying when they get control of first thing they're gonna do is make sure that Barack Obama as a one term president.
Well -- really senator.
We've got economy -- in deep recession we've got a deficit that is -- is exploding we're fighting two wars our infrastructure is crumbling more Americans are in poverty.
And you're gonna worry about defeating the president.
I think it's very important that congress and the president.
Meet together and say time out from all the partisanship.
For the next 912 months let's try to get some things done and let's tell the truth the American people.
But Barack Obama isn't the first to say it obviously but he famously said after -- after he won the presidency that elections have consequences.
So if that is in fact true.
What are the consequences of this election going on today.
Well the consequences are that.
That the Obama administration has got to reach some bipartisan compromises to keep the government going forward and try to make things better for the American people.
We've got to sit down and realistically talk about jobs look the Republicans are saying we're gonna create jobs by cutting taxes.
That didn't work during the eight years -- President Bush was there and in fact to the contrary President Clinton actually raised taxes on the top 2%.
And we had an explosion of 23 million new jobs.
So we've got to find -- could get past the rhetoric find ways to create jobs like an infrastructure bill.
That I think should be passed by the congress immediately in January.
Infrastructure bill will put hundreds and thousands millions of Americans to work.
-- construction sites back in factories.
Doing -- as well paying jobs that can't be outsourced we've got to find a way to agree on that.
It isn't that what was supposed to have happened with the stimulus the so called argument over you know the argument over so called shovel ready projects.
Well the problem was there was too little infrastructure in this stimulus and you know one of the things I keep hearing and I heard it today from a number of Republicans already.
The stimulus was 870 billion dollars of spending.
As you know John that's not true.
Billion of that -- tax cuts just what the Republicans call for tax cuts for small business.
Tax cuts for working families every working family that made less than 250000 dollars.
Got an 800 dollar tax cut.
We've got to focus on what actually was in the stimulus there wasn't enough infrastructure increasingly.
-- in off one of the most conservative senators Barbara Boxer one of the most liberal senators they wanted to Tripoli infrastructure spending.
In the stimulus and they were beaten back so we've got to look at things that are gonna really create jobs really get the economy moving.
All right let's let's hope it can happen governor Ed Rendell thank you.
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