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Mid-term election in the us.

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Yegomasika, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. Yegomasika

    Yegomasika JF-Expert Member

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    Baada ya kusikia na wengine kushuhudia kimbembe cha uchaguzi wa rais na wabunge nchini Tanzania, leo pia ni siku ya Mid-term Election kule US. Je Democratic Party watalinda viti vyao kwenye Baraza la wawakilishi pamoja na Senete, au Republican party wataibuka videdea?. Republican leaders will get along with Tea Partiers?. Well It's going to be a long night today!.
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    Fishyfish JF-Expert Member

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    The Tea party is the Republican party.

    So of course they'll get along.
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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    WASHINGTON – Resurgent Republicans won control of the House and cut deeply into the Democrats' majority in the Senate in momentous midterm elections shadowed by recession, ushering in a new era of divided government certain to complicate the final two years of President Barack Obama's term.

    House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner, voice breaking with emotion, declared shortly before midnight Tuesday that the results were "a repudiation of Washington, a repudiation of big government and a repudiation of politicians who refuse to listen to the people."

    Obama monitored returns at the White House, then telephoned Boehner with congratulations in a call that underscored the power shift.

    Incomplete returns showed the GOP picked up at least 58 House seats — the biggest party turnover in more than 70 years — and led for seven more, far in excess of what was needed for a majority. Among the losers was Rep. Tom Perriello, a first-termer from Virginia for whom Obama campaigned just before the election.

    On a night of triumph, Republicans also gained at least six Senate seats, and tea party favorites Rand Paul in Kentucky, Mike Lee in Utah and Marco Rubio in Florida were among their winners. But Christine O'Donnell lost badly in Delaware, for a seat that Republican strategists once calculated would be theirs with ease. And they lost the nation's most closely watched race, in Nevada, where Majority Leader Harry Reid won an especially costly and brutal campaign in a year filled with them.

    The GOP also wrested 10 governorships from the Democrats, Ohio and Pennsylvania among them, and gave two back, California and Hawaii.

    In New York, Andrew Cuomo won the office his father, Mario, held for three terms. And in California, Edmund G. Brown Jr., was successful in his bid for a comeback to the governor's office he occupied for two terms more than a quarter-century ago.
    The biggest win by far was the House, a victory made all the more remarkable given the drubbing Republicans absorbed at the hands of Democrats in the past two elections. Their comeback was aided by independents, who backed GOP candidates for the first time since 2004, by a margin of 55 percent to 39 percent. Women backed Democrats 49-48, after favoring them by a dozen points in recent elections.
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    Saint Ivuga JF-Expert Member

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    'I need to do a better job': Humbled Obama offers olive branch to Republicans after disastrous mid-term defeat

    By Daily Mail Reporter
    Last updated at 10:51 PM on 3rd November 2010

    A chastened Barack Obama took responsibility for his party’s ‘humbling’ defeat in mid-term elections as Republicans vowed to roll back his most cherished policies.
    Just hours after Democrats suffered heavy losses in both houses of Congress, the President said his party had taken a ‘shellacking’ because of America’s weak economy.
    Striking an unusually conciliatory tone, he admitted that no person or party ‘had a monopoly on wisdom’ and he pledged to try to find common ground with Republicans.
    The Republicans swept back into control of the House of Representatives, capturing more than 60 seats and achieving the biggest party turnover in 70 years.


    Humbled: Barack Obama looked noticeably downcast today as he faced up to the Democrat defeat in the mid-term elections

    [​IMG] Taking responsibility: Obama pinned much of the blame for the defeat on the sluggish economy which has not recovered from the recession

    In the Senate, Democrat supremacy was whittled away to such an extent that they will need Republican votes to move legislation forward in future.
    Voters in an election on which $3.5billion was spent made clear that they were not only frustrated about the weak economy, where unemployment is almost at 10 per cent, but also angry with Mr Obama personally.
    Troublingly for the Democrats, who have traditionally relied on the female vote, almost as many women as men voted for the Republicans.

    Election night produced a string of victories for members of the ultra-conservative Tea Party movement, which is now likely to push the Republicans for radical solutions to America’s problems.
    The elections, the second time in two years that Americans have voted for sweeping change, opened up a new era of divided federal government.
    Mr Obama’s problems with policies getting bogged down in legislative gridlock will get worse, while continued Democrat control of the Senate will similarly hamper the Republicans’ efforts.


    At the helm: John Boehner said the Republicans and been given a mandate to take an axe to Barack Obama's healthcare bill

    [​IMG] Victory: The predicted gain of 60 seats in the House of Representatives threatens of derail the policies closest to Obama's heart

    The Republicans moved quickly, however, to exploit their triumph. John Boehner, a Republican congressman who will become the House leader in January, claimed voters had given the party a mandate to dismantle Mr Obama’s cherished overhaul of U.S. health care, which he described as a ‘monstrosity’.
    There was a limit to how much Mr Obama would concede from the election results and he certainly gave no indication that he was considering any major U-turn.
    The President said he did not believe the election result was a repudiation of his healthcare overhaul but he indicated he might work with Republicans on ‘tweaks’.

    He said he had made progress on improving the economy but he acknowledged ‘people are frustrated’ by weak economic conditions.

    [​IMG] Smiling in the face of defeat: President Barack Obama makes an election night phone call to John Boehner, who will most likely be the next House Speaker, from the Treaty Room in the White House

    ‘Clearly too many Americans haven’t felt that progress yet, and they told us that yesterday. And, as President, I take responsibility for that,’ he said.
    Mr Obama admitted he needed to do a better job as he faced a new era of U.S. politics.
    In a desperate bid to keep his ambitious legislative programme alive, the President held out an olive branch to a resurgent Republican party.
    At a press conference in the White House, Mr Obama said: 'The message of the election is I need to do a better job. I need to take direct responsibility for slow progress.
    ‘Some people are proud to be Republicans. Some are proud to be Democrats. But above all, we are all proud to be Americans.'

    Read more: MID-TERM ELECTIONS 2010: Obama defeat 'I need to do a better job' | Mail Online
    Mr Obama said that voters were 'frustrated' by the pace of economic recovery while ruefully admitting that the Republican victories had been 'a shellacking'.
    'I feel bad,' he said, abandoning his normal ebullient delivery for a sombre tone.
    The President said he was eager to sit down with the leaders of both political parties 'and figure out how we can move forward together.'
    'It won't be easy,' he said, noting the two parties differ profoundly in some key areas, including his cherished healthcare bill.
    'I think people started looking at all this, and it felt as if government was getting much more intrusive into people's lives than they were accustomed to,' he conceded.
    He sought to tread a careful line, suggesting he would cooperate with Republicans where it was possible and confront them when it was not.
    Earlier in the day, jubilant Republicans pledged to rip up the centrepiece of President Barack Obama's reforms as they celebrated a historic victory in the mid-term elections.
    Mr Boehner said that the landslide win gave his party a voter mandate to boot out the healthcare package.
    He said: 'The American people were concerned about the government takeover of health care. I think it's important for us to lay the groundwork before we begin to repeal this monstrosity.'
    The Republican party netted more than 60 formerly Democratic seats, easily exceeding the 40 needed to gain a majority.

    The Republican wins surpassed their sweep in 1994, when President Bill Clinton's Democrats lost 54 House seats, and was the biggest shift in power since Democrats lost 75 House seats in 1948.
    Democrats captured only three Republican seats. They had controlled the House by a 255-178 margin, with two vacancies. All 435 seats were on the ballot.
    It was now 185 for the Democrats and 239 for the Republicans.

    The party lost the House after only four years, the shortest a party has held the lower chamber since Republicans kept it for just two years from 1953-1955.
    Last night the President was photographed phoning Mr Boehner - who will become Speaker in January.

    Mr Obama called Mr Boehner to say he looked forward to working with him and the Republicans 'to find common ground, move the country forward and get things done for the American people,' the White House said.
    Mr Boehner told the President he wanted to collaborate on voters' top priorities, creating jobs and cutting spending. 'That's what they expect,' the 10-term Republican said.
    The House has the power to raise revenue through taxes and control spending, to impeach officials and to elect the president in case of a deadlock. It can also hold hearings and investigations - a cudgel that could be used to stymie the Obama administration.
    'The ability of this administration to get major new programs done was already limited. This just seals the deal,' said Jaret Seiberg, policy analyst with the investment advisory firm Washington Research Group.

    But all was not entirely lost - Mr Obama's party will keep control of the Senate.
    Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid won the country's most high-profile Senate race after a brutal battle with Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle in Nevada. He said he was determined to renew the struggle to create jobs and bolster the economy.
    'The bell that just rang isn't the end of the fight. It's the start of the next round,' Mr Reid told jubilant supporters in Nevada.
    Democrats also won key Senate races in West Virginia and California, where Senator Barbara Boxer won re-election, ensuring they would retain at least a slender Senate majority.
    Speaking on Fox last night in reaction to the House projection, Sarah Palin said: 'That's an earthquake.'
    Sixty is huge,' she added. 'It really isn’t a surprise though, I think to so many who have been tracking closely the mood, the sentiment of the American public.
    'To me that’s an earthquake. It is a huge message sent. It is a shakeup and then we’re going to see some of the shakeup in the Senate too.

    [​IMG] Democratic joy: Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., does a cartwheel at a post-election party in Denver after he was re-elected last night

    [​IMG] Republicans on the rampage: Tammy Tideman of Mesa, Arizona and Carla Schwarte of Phoenix, Arizona hold 'Fire Pelosi' sign as Senator John McCain speaks to the crowd following his election victory

    [​IMG] 'This is an earthquake': Sarah Palin campaigns for Joe Miller in Anchorage earlier on Tuesday

    'It is a big darn deal,' Mrs Palin added. 'There is a lot of disenchantment and some disenfranchisement that the American public feels when we’re trying to relate to what government is doing to our country right now. So it’s a big deal to see this shakeup to see this turnaround.'

    The power switch will mean that Nancy Pelosi's reign as America's first woman House Speaker is over.
    She will be replaced by Mr Boehner when Congress reconvenes after the election.
    'The outcome of the election does not diminish the work we have done for the American people,' Mrs Pelosi said.

    'We must all strive to find common ground to support the middle class, create jobs, reduce the deficit and move our nation forward.'
    Mr Boehner was overcome with emotion as he celebrated the Republican victory.
    He had to pause to gather himself and choke back tears as he told how he 'lived the American dream.'
    He said the American people have sent 'an unmistakable message' to President Obama.
    'And that message is - change course.
    'We hope that President Obama will respect the will of the people and change course and commit to making changes that they are demanding.
    'To the extent that he is willing to do that, we are willing to work with him. But make no mistake, the President will find in our new majority the voice of the American people as it expressed it tonight.
    'It is clear tonight who the winners really are and that's the American people,' he said to cheering supporters.
    'This is not a time for celebration, not when one out of ten of our children is out of work, not when we have buried our children in a ton of debt.

    [​IMG] Time to party: Supporters of Republican Senator Marco Rubio celebrate after he won in Florida

    Enlarge [​IMG] The results: As of 4am Eastern time

    'Across the country right now we are witnessing a repudiation of Washington, a repudiation of big government and a repudiation of politicians who refuse to listen to the American people.
    'For far too long, Washington has been doing what's right for Washington and not what's right for the American people.
    'With their voices the American people are looking for a new way forward,' he added.
    The Republican tide was being led by right-wing conservative Tea Party candidates in what was being seen as a protest vote against Obama’s failure to cure the nation’s economic ills.
    Tea Party favourite Rand Paul scored the first big victory of the night in Kentucky where he beat his Democrat Senate rival by a handy margin.

    Read more: MID-TERM ELECTIONS 2010: Obama defeat 'I need to do a better job' | Mail Online
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    Obama "in hot soup" and it seems Americans are regretting for Obama being in Whitehouse and rejecting Obama completely