September 16th, 2010
05:35 PM ET

What message if Reid loses to Tea Party candidate?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

In the wake of the Tea Party's primary successes, suddenly the game has changed.
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The marquee match-up going into November is in Nevada, where the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, Harry Reid, is trailing Republican Sharron Angle - who's backed by many in the Tea Party.

A new poll of likely voters in Nevada shows Angle and Reid tied, but with Angle leading among the crucial Independent voters by seven points.

Sharron Angle says controversial stuff - like calls to "phase out" Social Security and Medicare; and eliminate the IRS and the Department of Education.

Doesn't matter... just like in Delaware it didn't matter that Tea Partier Christine O'Donnell has a history of financial problems and has used her views on abstinence to rule out masturbation.

One of the reasons Harry Reid is in big trouble is he was President Obama's water carrier on such controversial legislation as the health care plan. Most people didn't want it - but thanks to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi we got it anyway.

If there's a single race anywhere in the country that will set the Tea Party up for a legitimate place on the stage in the drama that will be the presidential race of 2012... it's the defeat of the Senate Majority Leader. How will the Democrats explain it if Reid loses?

Midterm elections traditionally are a bit of a yawn, but you may want to get your tickets early for this year's because my hunch is it will quickly turn into standing room only.

Here’s my question to you: What message would it send if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid loses to a Tea Party candidate?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 6pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

Filed under: Harry Reid • Tea Party
September 16th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Stuck in a recession that won't end soon?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Most Americans think the U.S. is stuck in a recession and they don't think the economy will improve any time soon. A new USA Today/Gallup Poll shows 82 percent of those surveyed say the economy is still in a recession.

54 percent expect things to be the same or worse in a year. That number is up sharply from 35 percent who felt that way last year.

While 45 percent say the economy will be better or fully recovered in a year, that number is down from 65 percent last year.

The poll shows Americans' negativity about the economy has grown; with Republicans, Independents and Democrats all sounding more pessimistic about the future of the economy than they were one year ago.

And you don't have to look far for reasons. Although the economy has posted four consecutive quarters of growth - that growth has been sluggish and inconsistent and weak.

Then there's continuing high unemployment - close to 10 percent - along with soaring underemployment. And, as we told you yesterday in the Cafferty File - poverty is now reaching record levels not seen in decades in this country.

All this goes to show why Americans see the economy as the most important problem facing the country... and the most important issue to their vote.

No doubt President Obama and the Democrats face an uphill battle in proving to the voters - ahead of the midterms - that the billions of dollars spent to help jump start the economy are actually doing that.

Here’s my question to you: Are we stuck in a recession that won’t end any time soon?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

Filed under: Recession