Friday, July 28, 2006
6 for '06
From The Morning Grind

Congressional Democratic leaders previewed six policy themes Thursday the party will promote in the coming months as it tries to wrest control of the House and Senate from Republicans in November. Under the overarching banner "A New Direction for America," Democrats said they are better equipped to provide real security, better jobs, access to college, energy independence, affordable healthcare and retirement security.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) described it as "a list of deliverables that can happen, God willing, if Democrats take back Congress." The first order of business, Pelosi said, was to enact the recommendations put forth by the 9/11 Commission.

Republicans dismissed the pledge as an election year stunt.

Still, Democrats were bullish on the prospect of taking back the House and Senate majorities, but refused to make any predications about what gains they would make in November.

"One hundred days out, I would rather be us than them," said Rep. Rahm Emanuel (Illinois), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Emanuel also accused his counterpart, Rep. Tom Reynolds (New York), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, of sitting on internal polling data because it spelled trouble for GOP candidates.

Playing off of Emanuel's training as a dancer, NRCC spokesman Carl Forti said Emanuel was doing nothing more than spinning away.

"I wouldn't expect anything less from a ballerina," Forti said.

Meanwhile, Reynolds will hold a 10 a.m. ET pen and pad with members of the media at NRCC headquarters.
Posted By Mark Preston, CNN Political Unit: 7/28/2006 09:55:00 AM ET | Permalink
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