Midterm loss not a huge blow for Trump

Mae Love
November 9, 2018

"If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level". Of the 13 Republicans that said "nay" on Trump's tax cuts, just six will return. "Two can play that game!" "Because we have a thing called the United States Senate", Trump said.

"It's very easy to over-interpret the impact of a midterm on the next presidential race, as both 2010 and 2014 taught us", Ayres pointed out, noting that while Obama had disastrous midterm elections he still won re-election.

"We did this in spite of a very dramatic fundraising disadvantage driven by Democrats' wealthy donors and special interests and very hostile media coverage, to put it mildly", Trump said at the White House on November 7.

Nancy Pelosi, who's likely to return to her post as House Speaker, has pledged to make sure Mueller's "documentation is preserved", and senior Democratic officials say the special counsel would immediately be summoned to Capitol Hill for nationally televised testimony about his findings if he's removed. The libertarian-leaning South Carolina Republican first saw his voice for relative foreign policy restraint silenced in the primary in favor of a more hawkish GOP pol.

A Republican governorship majority coupled with GOP victories in gubernatorial races in battleground states may also boost Trump in 2020, since governors hold veto power over redistricting measures.

The president repeatedly became irritated while taking questions from the media, insulting several reporters by name, interrupting their questions, ordering some to sit down and deeming one inquiry "racist".

He also sidestepped repeated questions about possible staffing changes in his West Wing or cabinet - including the fate of embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions - but hinted that moves could be coming soon.

Marketing consultant Gary Smith of the Columbus suburb of Dublin said Trump was a "big factor" for him, as was a strong economy. Men were more evenly divided in their vote.

Later in the day-after press conference, Trump said, "In the House, Republicans dramatically outperformed historical precedents and overcame a historic number of retirements".

Whitmer, Coyle said, she didn't shy away from sexism in the campaign while sticking to messages about key issues.

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'I give her a lot of credit. She has said that when she takes that panel's gavel, it will be "payback time" for Wall Street, banks and insurance companies.

As a candidate, she said, "we weren't trying to fit into a specific mold". They have a very long list of topics they plan to look into, including financial deregulation, Trump's business interests and Russia's election interference. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who is expected to lead the intelligence committee, hinted that he would reopen an investigation of Russian election meddling that was shut down this year by the Republican chairman.

Pelosi noted that except for the first time she ran as speaker, she has always been opposed for the top job, which is voted on by Democratic lawmakers in the House.

President Donald Trump has solidified his position in the Republican Party as the midterm elections filled the ranks with supporters of his agenda. DeWine not only won there, but Todd also points out that GOP Rep. Jim Renacci over-performed expectations by getting 47 percent in the Senate race against Democratic incumbent (and winner) Sherrod Brown, despite being vastly outspent and being seen as a problematic candidate.

VoteCast reported that more women voted for Democratic candidates than men. Further, Democrats had an underwhelming performance in OH, where gubernatorial nominee Richard Cordray lost and incumbent senator Sherrod Brown won by only six points against a weak Republican.

Meanwhile, Democratic leaders' resistance to embracing an impeachment effort could cause a significant backlash among the party's restive liberal flank. Debbie Stabenow was also re-elected as Democrats flipped two House seats in the suburbs and exurbs.

"The candidates who said that they will vote for new leadership are going to uphold that promise", Moulton said in an interview with the Globe.

Democrats say that when it comes to the administration's response, for example, to the "caravan" of Central American immigrants, they want answers about the rationale behind the troop deployments and details on the force's rules of engagement.

Cordray did better than Hillary Clinton in 2016 in the Mahoning Valley area that includes Youngstown, winning Trumbull County after Trump carried it.

Controlling the House means controlling committees with subpoena power.

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