Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Trump, Obama tout clashing visions of US as midterm elections near

Trump, Obama tout clashing visions of US as midterm elections near

The results could shift the balance of power in Washington and alter the next two years of Trump's presidency.

We know that Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to gain control of the House, and that they could pull that off by winning as few as about one out of every three "tossup" races - races too close at this point to call. "It's an awakening of the Democratic Party".

Democrats are projected to flip the House in their favor while Republicans are expected to hold onto their razor-thin Senate majority, according to most forecasts.

Voting will begin on the east coast at 11pm AEST, with early voting figures showing a huge increase in turnout since the last midterm elections in 2014.

Republicans are counting on Trump to rally his supporters in the closing hours to help maintain their narrow 51-to-49 seat edge in the Senate.

While Republican majorities in the House and Senate helped Trump deliver on the promises he made on the campaign trail, the loss of that advantage in either chamber could derail the momentum.

Democrats are trying to hold 10 Senate seats in states where Trump prevailed in the 2016 election, including Tennessee.

"It's all fragile. Everything I told you about, it can be undone and changed by the Democrats if they get in", Trump said. Democrats want to "fundamentally transform" the country, remake our economy in the model of Europe and Latin America. On the line for the president will be his ability to legislate, build his promised border wall, appoint new judges and ultimately set the stage to run for a second term.

"If we don't do so well tomorrow they will put me on the ticket, if we do well, they will say I wasn't on the ticket".

"To say "look we tried this ... we can safely say it failed and now I'm a better choice". "That is an invasion of our country".

That skepticism suggests that current valuations do not fully reflect the polls' expectations and Treasury yields may still move down if Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.

Democrats are getting some high-profile campaigners to help them, including former President Barack Obama, who rallied voters in his home state of IL. "You vote, you might save a life". When you participate in the political process, you can be a check on bad behavior.

FILE - Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum, left, and Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), right, listen to former President Barack Obama as he addresses the media and supporters as they stump for votes at a rally in Miami, Florida, Nov. 2, 2018.

In August 2016, 52 percent of Democrats were more likely to let others know how they meant to vote in the upcoming presidential election, compared to 46 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of unaffiliated voters.

On "Outnumbered" on Monday, Wallace said he has to "laugh a little bit" at the idea of touting Trump as the "savior" if the election ends up being split.

Well, I think it's a lot more complicated than that.

Donald Trump has divided America at home and isolated it overseas. If not, the race for the next presidential election in 2020 is well and truly on.

I didn't think Trump would govern as a conservative.

Trump's approval rating is also a concern for Republicans.

FILE - People stand cast their ballots ahead of the November 6 election at Jim Miller Park, in Marietta, Ga., Oct. 27, 2018. During the 2008 economic downturn, Lotz and Lavery said they saw construction, landscaping and house-painting jobs go to illegal immigrants while they struggled financially.

Should Democrats take the House, they will be able to block party-line legislation and chair several critical committees with appropriations and subpoena power, making it hard for the president to unilaterally decide what priorities to fund, and opening him and his aides to investigation on countless fronts.

For months, Democrats have drilled their central message into the minds of voters: if Republicans strengthen their grip on Congress, they will destroy your health care, including coverage protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. "Vote for the Democrat". It all comes down to whether, in the Trump era, Democrats should nominate heterosexual white men with more moderate views - who theoretically could more easily appeal to Republican-leaning moderates and independents. GOP-controlled committees in the House and Senate haven't done much to press Trump administration officials for details on reports of government mismanagement. Trump's impeachment will be top of their agenda. "Anything that gets done will have to be a bipartisan basis".

"For many Americans, the Great Recession brought dark days we will never forget - and never want to repeat".

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