tv Washington Journal CSPAN November 3, 2010 7:00am-10:00am EDT
>> this was our pledge to america and this was our pledge to you. while our new majority will serve as your voice in the people's house, we must remember it is the president his sets the agenda for our government. the american people said that unmistakable message to him today and that message is, change course. >> today, nevada chose hope over fear. nevada chose to move forward, not backwards. nevada made this choice because we know it is not about us versus them, it is about every nevadan, all of us, in this together. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] host: the dust is still selling
on election 2010 but this much we know. when the 112 congress convenes on the capital january 3, 2011, there will be nearly 100 new members and the freshman class. about 70 of them republicans. at this point, no one has stepped forward to challenge john boehner's path to speakership and harry reid will be returning as majority -- majority leader, at least for now britain notable losses include committee chaired james oberstar, i skelton and john spratt. a longtime congressman paul kantor skeet -- kanjorski was also defeated. the gop picked up at least 60 seats in the house to bring their total in the new congress which convenes january 3 to 240. 218 are needed for a majority. 12 house races are still too close to be called. as you can see, the democrats have the power in the current
congress, 255 to 178. the senate will be led by the democrats. the margin will be somewhere between 52-54. that accounts for two independents who caucus with democrats. several races are still not called. this morning on "washington journal," your reaction to the election 2010 results and analysis. as you can see, results are on the screen at the bottom but above that are the phone numbers, so go ahead and start dialing in now. please, allow 30 days between your calls. you could also send a tweet or
e-mail. this article in "the hill" newspaper this morning -- republican wave bigger than 1994. the gop have won 63 democratic held seats while democrats picked up three gop seats, though far. the wave is bigger than the massive gains republicans made in 1994 when the party picked up 52 seats. and democrats have lost power in the lower chamber only after four years in the majority. that is an "the hill" newspaper. here are some of the headline that want to show you. this is "the detroit free press" -- landslide. here is the "los angeles times"
-- and "the orange county register" -- joining us is carrie budoff brown, national reporter for politico. carrie budoff brown, john boehner and several other republicans in their speeches all played it down and work rather subdued. guest: they were not try to betray this as some kind of victory with an unemployment still so high and approval ratings of congress still so low. they are trying to strike this notes of -- this note of sober nest, sobriety, that this is a time to get serious about what is going on in washington. they are not here to celebrate but getting down to the work they were sent to do, and in their view it is to cut spending, get control of deficit, the debt limit, dealing
with the debt, and creating jobs. i talked with aides on the hill, a gop house aides, if it -- unless it has something to do with jobs and cutting spending, they are not interested. that is a signal to the white house that if they want to do something on education, if they want to do energy bill, if they want a big stimulus -- and infrastructure transportation fund -- those additions will face a rough go on the hill. host: what about the senate? how will that change given the balance of power will be so close. guest: there will be the huge gop leadership realignment and the house, democratic and republican side. on the senate side it will be pretty much status quo. you have a much smaller margin of which will go one of two ways -- total gridlock or some compromise. some say smaller margin allows for that.
mitch mcconnell will be a more powerful minority leader but he will have a much more spare caucus and have to crowd them. host: de think senator schumer or covert work -- will challenge harry reid? guest: they made it clear it will not happen. host: what about john boehner, does a of a clear path to speakership? guest: most people say he does. there were some grumblings but all sides spoke to speaker boehner. carrie budoff brown, national politics reporter but political. how much sleep do begin? you cut 2 1/2 hours but not enough. host: what surprised you about last night? guest: harry reid holding on, there was a shift in opinion that he was going to hold on. that is a pretty big deal for
democrats. if he would have laws that would have made today that much more difficult. he is going to stabilize where the senate is. the state houses democrats lost , the number of state house as republicans took over, and 10 or so governorships. the blue dog caucus in the house is cut in half today. there were around 56. now there are somewhere around 26 or 24. a huge shift. the blue dogs were such a force to be reckoned with in the last few years. hard to imagine the number is being cut back significantly. host: the anchorage daily news is reporting that right in favor murkowski and miller will quit. you know the status of that race? guest: i think they are probably sleeping right now. murkowski looks like she is ahead. they have not counted exactly all of the ballots. jim miller is behind. i think this is where people
expected it to be the last few days. at least a murkowski will quokkas with republicans, she said that. it is just another fascinating twist. host: will she be welcomed back? guest: yes, by all accounts. she has not talked to the leaders, she says, shensi decided to run as a right in candidate but she is well liked in the conference and i think they will welcome her back. host: the right in's want and alaska, or they got a plurality, but there were 160 of them. guest: some who are not written correctly could be tossed. but she is ahead by a sizable percentage -- or write in is ahead by a sizable percentage. host: accounting there does not begin until next week at least. guest: alaska. we will have to wait awhile. but it does not look like that rates will determine any kind of control for the senate. so, the importance of the story
decreases' a little bit. host: garlic -- carly fiorina did not can see in california. guest: they came in with such promise, a prominent female republican to could have done something good for the party in terms of expanding. boxer looks like she is a clear winner. i am not quite sure what she is waiting for. host: carrie budoff brown from politico is our guest. rochester, new york. karen on the democrats' line. are you with us? she is gone. we will move on to alexandria, virginia, daryl, republican. caller: good morning. i got about four hours of sleep so i am just a little bit ahead of you. host: what were you doing, just watching? caller: just watching until 1:30 a.m. in the morning and realizing, wow, this is a historical event i may not watch again in politics. they say you have to go all the
way back to the 1940's or maybe the 1930's to find a race that had the house shift so much in one election. i think it was quite a statement to get away from all of the personalities -- i do not think it was a attack against president obama. i think it was a statement against the policies that have been put forth. so many people are saying you didn't listen to us. you didn't come to the town halls, you didn't pay attention or allow us to be part of the debates, principally on the healthcare bill. i think the grass roots movement, the tea party, got people out. they were motivated. i think even besides seeing the house should, seeing so many of the governor's move to republicans and seeing so many of the state houses move to a republican, that will have a huge shift in the redistricting that will happen in the next 10
years. it could be covered a lot of ground. carrie budoff brown, before you respond, a different ad in nancy pelosi's statement on the election from this morning. over the last four years the democratic majority in the house took courageous action on behalf of the middle-class to create jobs and save the country from the worst economic catastrophe since the great depression. our members and candidates ran remarkable campaign is led by the superb leadership of dccc chairman chris van hollen. the outcome of the election does not diminish the work we have done for the american people. we must all strive to find common ground to support the middle-class, create jobs, reduce the deficit and move our nation forward. guest: she is not apologizing for the last two years in that statement. she is standing by what she did even though i think starting today, you are going to see people, some democrats, openly questioned her and openly question the white house strategy that they put forward
the last two years, whether it was the smartest one, whether they should have pulled that after the first time voters were rebelling against the health care reform the last year, and the 2009 elections, and an earlier this year. but i covered health care plan from start to finish. i am not quite sure if they had pulled back to earlier, if they had tried to condense the schedule of the negotiations down to fewer months, i am not sure they would be in a different position today. host: are newsdesk as more information. >> let us talk about some of the unresolved senate races. if you begin in colorado, this is pretty much tied. if you look at the most up-to- date statistics -- 87% reporting. senator mike -- michael bennet has 47% and ken buck has 47%.
if you have been watching the past couple of hours, it keeps flip-floping. but right now we don't know who the winner is. you go to alaska. you talk about this one. lisa murkowski, writes in candidates, as it shows up on the associated press, it is the total write-in. lisa murkowski with 40% or 41%, followed by joe miller, 34%, to end scott mcadams, the democrat, 24% but they will start counting november 18 and it will take three days. lisa rakowski said to cnn she thinks she has won this race. go to california. carly fiorina is not conceding this race. but look at the projected winner. senator boxer, democrat, the incumbents, going to return it looks like for another term. she has 52% to the vote to carly fiorina's 42%. quite a wide margin.
as carrie budoff brown said, not sure what carly fiorina is waiting for. in the washington senate race, this is still not called. 60% of the -- votes were counted. patty murray, the democrat incumbent, 50%, dino rossi, about 50%. they will start counting again this morning, about 1.4 million of the 2.4 million ballots were counted last night. all of this information can be found on our website, c- span.org. host: smiley, texas. james on the independent line. caller: well, i am an old man and i did not get much sleep last night. i stayed up and watched the e elections. i am truly an independent. i don't like the republicans and i just don't like the democrats more. but i am thankful to might create terror that's -- my
creator that the socialist agenda and the left-wing democrats were stopped last night and i am thankful for that. but i do have one thing i would like to say to california and nevada. and the economy in california is in a shambles. they had two people -- meg whitman, carly fiorina, that could have pulled them out. but instead they went back and got jerry brown. and i don't think jerry brown is going to do anything but take them further down into debt. host: carrie budoff brown. guest: certainly that was a debate that was played out in the california campaign. on a schwarzenegger, he came from outside the political system. jerry brown used the same phrases against meg whitman. meg whitman said it -- you need somebody from outside, from business, to come into california and shake things up. they compared that to what
arnold schwarzenegger said a few years ago and that was viewed as very effective in terms of campaign rhetoric, an effective tool that jerry brown used against meg whitman. whether jerry brown can turnarounds california -- it is a huge, hard job. it is going to be difficult so we have to wait and see their -- and see. in general, what the caller said about wanting to stop what obama has done and his governing style, i think he obviously got an extraordinarily difficult message today and the white house is processing it. voters sent republicans to washington, maybe not to govern but not to govern. they did not send members to washington to do much of any thing but to stop obama. so i think it is unclear where everybody goes. host: did it hurt meg whitman to have arnold schwarzenegger in office? guest: the way jerry brown used schwarzenegger, his words, to
get elected, the fact they were so similar i think was an important moment in the campaign. i am not quite sure how much of an impact arnold schwarzenegger had on the race. but it is never good to have your words used against you. host: newark, delaware, on the democrats' line. caller: can you hear me? host: we are listening. caller: as for me, it is a sad day, and i will tell you why. ever since the president took office, he has been vilified. first of all, the tea party camp along one week after the president took office. he was never given enough time to be about anything. and i feel sorry in my heart that it is just like it has been lack of respect for him ever since he got in. host: every caller so far has mentioned the president.
guest: midterms are supposed to be out -- about local and state issues and this was pretty much a national race. the president put himself out in the center of the last few weeks. it very much became -- don't let the republicans get him. gov. ed rendell of pennsylvania was campaigning a few days ago in a very african american -- campaigning through this city, saying the republicans are trying to get the president and don't let them get him. this is how a lot of democrats i am sure they are feeling this morning, that the president, he did pull the economy out of the death of a crisis -- did do that. he passed the monumental health care bill. he did economic and financial reform. what more could he have done to try to deliver on his promises? but just a different environment. the economy was so bad it just overwhelm them. host: the governors.
currently 26 democratic governors, 23 republicans and one independent. now beginning in january, there will be 15 democratic governors, 27 republicans, and one independent. and in the the political this money, this article. gop poised to take redistricting prize. guest: the legislatures and governors played a tremendous role how congressional seats, how the districts are redrawn. now is the time to do that. that sets the stage for the balance of power in congress for the next 10 years.
that is a pretty devastating blow for democrats. even more so for the president is he lost democratic governors in key swing states. in 2012 -- ohio, florida, new mexico. he held onto nevada, which was important. but these are very difficult signs for the -- president, looking at the map in 2012. not having democratic governors and even members of congress in these states. host: two democratic members who spoke out against nancy pelosi -- gene taylor, mississippi, jim marshall, georgia, both went down. guest: i think we will be studying how those moves played. we will study the health care votes. there is no real clear pattern that people voted for healthcare that they went down or if it
looked at their boats, they went down. people across the board lost. the people voted against healthcare hung on, the democrats. people ran tough immigration adds, how much of the latino votes the dave lewis -- did they lose? there are so many trends you could probably try to steady in these election results. host: the next call, wilmington, delaware. philip on the republican line. caller: good morning to you both. i hope ms. carrie budoff brown has insight on this and into this question and anybody listening could probably answer this question because i am totally baffled. how can the president of the united states, considering the financial crisis we are in, a high unemployment and what we are going through in the nation economically, can take an entourage of 3000 people, 40 aircraft, and i understand even chefs going, to india.
and the average cost, they say, is $200 million a day. can anybody listening please answer that question, how does the congress let him get away with this? it so we will let carrie budoff brown and to that, but let me ask you, delaware was a bright spot for democrats, they retained a senate seat and did the congressional seat. how did you vote? chemical let me explain. delaware knew about christine o'donnell from the beginning. the tea party rush to endorse her, sarah palin made a quick trip, and the leader not, i do like sarah palin but in this case she blew it because she rushed and endorsed a person that was not really credible. delaware knew it all along. had mike castle one, the republican -- host: who did you vote for? caller: i went independent when
i went to the senate. i did not want to vote for christine obama. host: what about the congressional seat? caller: i went republican with that but he lost. host: thank you. guest: i traveled with the president when he was a senator and he went on the foreign trip and he had a huge entourage. this is just a product of. -- product of security, you have tons of logistics, you keep track of staff. he brings a chef, a food inspector when he goes out for dinners and d.c. there is a lot of caution that needs to be taken. it is expensive so it is a 10- day trip. a huge undertaking. but this is what presidents do. while it sounds as cordons given how the economy and the amount
of spending, it would seem excess of but i am not quite sure there is any alternative when the president has to travel, he has to travel. host: we are getting your reaction to election 2010 and also looking at results and analysis. greta is at our news desk. >> a number of governor's race is not resolved. let's begin with florida where rick scott is tied, leading by 1 percent, over alex sink, the democrat. it just a slim margin. exit polls in this race showed voters were not thrilled with either candidate. as of that one still too tight. connecticut governor's race, tom foley, the republican, and dan malloy, it shows that tom foley is ahead by 1%. major ballot shortage in bridgeport, connecticut, and that is the reason why this race is taking so long to figure out
who is going to win. the judge ordered that the ballots that were brought in between 8:00 and 10:00 be separated, they need to count those prints of a might not know about that race. in the oregon race, gov. john kitzhaber commenter two-time governor, trying to return. two of the state's largest counties have not been tallied. you can see kids rather -- john kitzhaber is trailing. former senator mark today who wants to be governor of minnesota -- mark dayton. it is tight. that is with an 99% of the precincts reporting. might not find out about that when four days. in vermont, it looks like it is a very close race. it to close to call.
the democrat, 49%, republican lt. gov. brian dubie, 48%. for maine, three-way race. the republican paul lepage, 30% so far. it looks about 98% of precincts reporting. go to our website, c-span.org. you can find a result constantly being updated, courtesy of the associated press. host: carrie budoff brown from the political this morning. clyburn will stay and democratic leadership. how well the democratic leadership play that? guest: it appears as any lawyer, the majority leader, will be minority leader and clyburn is the whip, so it does not seem like there is much change and the lineup.
host: bredesen nancy pelosi go? -- where does now is to blows ago? guest: she has not said much in the last few meet -- weeks. i am really fascinated. about what she has to say when she speaks beyond a statement or a rally. i think most expect her to retire at some point -- host: during this term? guest: that is what people speculate. heard aides -- her aides have not mention anything. it is tough to -- and sending a message to voters not to have the same democrat leader, might be something they are looking for. host: from the politico, michelle bachmann ready for leadership. guest: she has been making noise on that. obviously a favorite of the tea party. but tea party had a big role in the results of this election. you could see that happening.
she just continues to be a lightning rod, though, for the left. i saw her on a cable news station on msnbc, and she was very on message. talking about jobs in the economy, sounds like she could be very well in leader. host: your article said she could potentially go for no. 3, chair of republican conference and eric cantor looks like clear path to majority whip. jan tweets in -- the next caller, buffalo, new york, will, independent line. caller: i think this is a good day for america. the republicans and george bush got us into the problem and now they cannot just sit on the side and say no. this is your chance to rule, to
lead. you have to say something. what are the policies you have, when are you going to tell us about the policies and not just no, no. you have to leave. what you going to do? guest: yes, i think that is a question the white house will be asking this morning of republicans and honestly republicans will be saying the same thing back to the white house in terms of, it is time for you to come our way a little bit. the presidents like to say elections have consequences, and both sides say that. republicans going to say to the white house today, it is time to cooperate but, and little closer to us. the white house will take great pleasure in saying, now republicans you have a piece of the governing -- you cannot just say no, but you have to participate. that is what we are going to be hearing from the white house
certainly. the president later today when he has his press conference. host: 1:00 p.m. live on c-span. the same time george w. bush held him four years ago. caller: the tea party came around and scared the republicans into voting and therefore we had this government, we have the oil spill, we had devastation on wall street, and that tea party scare in the bejeesus out of the republicans to vote. what are they going to do now says they can't complain about barack obama anymore, since they have what they wanted? what are they going to do? host: carrie budoff brown. guest: they still don't have of the white house, and that is really the whole game. they don't have the senate, either. the house of -- john boehner
will be able to say i got this through the house. i convinced my members to support this. but the president has a veto pen and that will be a powerful tool in the next two years. i think we will see it a lot more. for example, repealing health care, the house will try to do it but there are going to have to throw their hands up at some point and say we tried but the president vetoed it. and the republicans are going to have to hold it is good enough for the tea party activists who elected them, that it is a good enough excuse. host: ian "the wall street journal" this morning, as the races and the, tea party plans for next phase. the national coordinator of the tea party page reads in this article. it says that ms. barton and tea party patrons planning a summit an orientation for all freshmen members of congress.
guest: mark your calendars. the tea party has the kind of figure out where it is going. there is no real overarching leadership. but they are going to be a force and that thing right here they are trying to be even more organized. they will continue to be in the face of republicans but i talked to a number of the leaders of the tea party movement in the last two days and they said this election is a mandate for economic fiscal conservatism. it is not a mandate for republicans. and if republicans don't follow
the mandate on being fiscally conservative, they will be in the same position the democrats are in two years. we will see if the threats are born out of that is how they are going through the next phase of the cycle. host: what is john boehner's relationship with the tea party? guest: the pledge to america, the governing manifesto that the house gop put together, calliope's is that the tea party likes. some strike all the right notes in terms of cutting spending and tax cuts as a way of creating jobs and repealing health care. he is going to show an early sign that he is serious about it by making his first bills repealing health care. he is always talking about spending cuts and jobs. that is certainly what the tea party has been talking about. but saying one thing on the campaign trail is different from governing. a lot of democrats predict it will be tougher than he thinks.
it's got a lot of incumbents lost their seats. alan grayson of florida, tom perriello, virginia, with a voucher, a democrat, virginia, carol porter, a democrat, in new hampshire, chet edwards, democrat of texas and his demise has been predicted for the last 17 elections. glenn nye, democrat of virginia, alan boyd, florida, kathy doll kemper, democrat of pennsylvania, frank kratovil, democrat of maryland. joseph fit cao, one of the few republicans who lost his seat, a democrat from illinois and attend the district. those are some of the incumbents who lost their seats. delay. melanie on the republican minority caller: good morning to you both. first of all, thank you to c- span for having, i guess, the most non-partisan reporting out there. i always turn to you guys when i
want to actually hear i guess some truth. but what i wanted to say, i just kind of wanted to backtrackms. brown was talking about the letter pelosi said and i think it is appalling that she is not seeing what their policies have done for this country -- to this country. i think they need to take some responsibility and stop blaming the bush administration for what is going on in our country today. the kind of cantilena on that anymore. -- can't lean on that anymore. i was watching when boehner was getting emotional and one of the other news organizations was kind of making light of that and i think it is nice to see he is as passionate about going forward as he has been pared -- has been. in my state of illinois, my particular district, the 8th
district still has not been called and i am hopeful -- host: who is running? could you refresh us? caller: it is melissa been -- host: incumbent democrat. caller: running against bill brady. i think that is what his name. so scattered. it is too close to call right now. of course, i voted for the republican. i don't fool myself into thinking that the people voting republican right now are necessarily all republican voters. i think people are just sick of the democrats and i hope that going forward we will stop with the republicans last democrat thing and let us work together and try to get something done. host: while we got on the line, can you give us quick local news update on your gubernatorial race in illinois and your senate
race? the senate race has been exceed giannoulias -- llc giannoulias -- , " he conceded. they are counting absentee ballots right now but they still have not said. it will be interesting to watch. host: thank you for calling in. carrie budoff brown. guest: john boehner, the media outlets were making light of it -- it is not an unkept secret, john boehner is a very emotional guy. he tears up a lot. he is notorious for doing that on the house floor. i think more of the country will see the emotion he has pared -- he has. host: we got to meet his wife. guest: and harry reid's wife was right next to him.
if you hear them talk about her but never see her. caller: good morning. i am an independent progressive and i would like to make two points about this election. i don't think the democrats stood up to the republicans enough in the last two years. there was a lot of misrepresentation and outright lies put forth by the republican party. and they did not stand up and fight for themselves. democrats would have come out and voted more if they fought harder. also, i think they should have pointed out that -- and i want to repudiate the things the republican woman from illinois had to say -- the congress under nancy pelosi passed a tremendous amount of legislation.
a lot of it was really excellent. it all got stalled in the senate and it got stalled on account of some so-called democratic senators who actually were too afraid to stand up and move this country forward. host: can i ask you -- i know you are not in her district but right across the bay -- it is their talks on local stations about nancy pelosi may be retiring? caller: i have not heard anything. guest: i think the big question for the white house and democrats is what went wrong. there are a lot of unhappy people in congress and elsewhere who say the white house did not have an effective strategy, didn't fight back hard enough against republicans or for progressive ideals in congress. of course the white house would say we -- you are crazy, we did
what we could and delivered a pretty darn good line of of achievements. i think this democratic party that was so effective in pushing back in 2006 and in 2008, i think when you are in charge, it just becomes a different dynamic. the president is a good fighter but he is also reluctant sometimes to make enemies. true enemies -- fighting rhetorically for what the democratic base might want to see. he is still a guy who wants to find compromise and it has not been easy for him and he has been reluctant to pull the trigger fully and it is frustrating some democrats. host: here again is nancy pelosi's statements -- the house took courageous action on behalf of the middle-class to create jobs and save the country from the worst economic catastrophe since the great depression.
here are some more incumbents who lost their jobs last night. paul kanjorski, long term democrat from pennsylvania. patrick murphy, seemed to be a rising star in the democratic party, gulf war -- guest: first iraq war. host: john bocceri -- guest: crucial health care vote for the present. host: charlie wilson of ohio, john spratt, budget chairman. big democrats went down. a couple of committee chairwoman judy chairmen and
chairwomen, blanche lincoln from arkansas. host: and the one who said he voted for mccain. bob etherege from north carolina. and an old member of congress replaced him. i skelton. guest: it is a landslide. host: connecticut, ron, a democrat. you are on "washington journal." caller: thank you for having me and i appreciate what c-span does for me because i get a chance to watch every morning and i really enjoy what you say from a political standpoint or non-political standpoint. host: please go ahead, ron. caller: i am a democrat but let -- be honest, i am happy the republicans won. i think the american people
spoke up and they said what they needed to say. i voted straight down the democratic line. what i look at now is the party of no has got to step up. they can't do the job, then they will be in all this very long. that is going to be a given. guest: talking to republican aides particularly in the house, they are acknowledging that they don't have a long period of time to gain credibility. you will see right out of the gate john boehner and eric kanter pushing spending cut bills -- eric cantor. they feel that is what i have been sent to do and they will try to do that to gain credibility with voters, to show that the new republican party is not the same as the old one where in the 1990's, the size of government still increased under gingrich, the budget increases every year. it is unclear whether they are
talking about just loring the growth rate of spending in the federal government or actually decreasing the federal budget. first, a decrease in growth rate in spending is difficult. that means there is still spending increases. but to make cuts and make the federal government smaller, that is what some people are looking for and that will be enormously hard to deliver on. but they will start with a pretty strong effort. host: retiring senator evan by -- evan bayh, here are three paragraphs from his op-ed piece.
in the last few weeks you have seen more democrats say, yes, we need to make some changes. the president is expected to stand firmly behind the legislation but we have to look in the next few weeks and months whether he opens the door to some changes that show that he gets it, that he gets whatever message that was sent, that the health-care law may have been too much too soon. he is not going to back away from it. he will certainly fight for re- election of 2012, because it does not the law would really be in danger with a republican in the white house. host: our news desk. >> we want to talk about some of the unresolved house races but i wanted to let the viewers know that senate majority leader harry reid was on one of the morning programs and said today he will reach out to mitch mcconnell, the minority leader,
and talk about ways that they can build consensus. let us begin with virginia 11th race, where gerry connolly, democratic incumbent, 49%, and keith fimian, tied, with 99% reporting. that was akentucky 6, another br that is too close to call this morning. chandler, the democrat, 50 percent, and andy barr, 50%. arizona's eighth, gifford, who had to fight hard for perceived both times. kelly, a republican, 48%. arizona seventh, the incumbent is fighting to return to congress against mcclellan's -- mclung, the republican.
i just want to end on the texas 17th race, it is one you talked about a little bit. but chet edwards, the longtime democratic incumbent didn't beaten by bill flores, the republican. this district was redrawn in 2004. republicans were hoping to get rid of chet edwards back then. he has battled since then but it looks like bill flores was a republican able to do what others were not. john mccain won this district in 2008 with 67% of the vote. of a result, go to our website, c-span.org. host: carrie budoff brown, i want to ask you about those last two races. arizona's seventh. guest: he was a big supporter of comprehensive immigration reform but during the fight over the arizona enforcement law, he called for a boycott of arizona
and the economy, and i really came to bite him back in the last few weeks. his opponent was supported by john mccain, and really had a rise over the last few weeks. we will see if it hangs on. what is isgrijalva and the bill's floor as, there is a class of latino republicans in the house. i am not quite sure how many of them one but you saw them win in idaho, washington state, new family goesl flores' back generations in texas. and a decrease or status flow in the number of hispanic democrats. republicans are the ones who are gaining hispanic representation in a year where a
lot of people criticized republicans over the tone of the campaigns that dealt with immigration. just one of these interesting mini-trend. host: governor elect martinez, first latina to be enacted into governorship. and brian sandoval and nevada. guest: and marco rubio already being talked about as president of candidates. host: he was born in cuba. guest: was he? i'm not sure about the talk -- host: we will find out. our viewers will let us know. guest: the way he can be a spokesperson. he is a start immediately off the bat, and three high-profile
latino republicans will play a major role in the party. host: mississippi. becky on the republican line. you have been very patient. caller: i am a senior citizen and i am terrified of the way the government is. i feel like i am in grade school with the way the republicans and democrats act. i think it is a ridiculous. i generally vote for the person that i feel like it's going to do the best thing, and i just felt like i wanted to flush washington because they are not in our best interest. they are not doing anything. and i am not just talking about my age range but across the board. and i don't know how all, being on a fixed income, the healthcare bill terrifies me. i think it is ridiculous for them to bail out companies. the government is too large.
it i am just terrified from one date to the next. -- i am just terrified from one day to the next. my children, they have no future the way things are. i did vote republican. i am conservative. i think it is horrible, whether you are talking about -- and i use listen to fox news but i am very impressed with the way that you are talking. the other news, i do listen to them, and they are ridiculous. guest: i think the caller sums up the anxiety that has propelled republicans into office is across the country. two years ago republicans were supposed to be -- an endangered species and today they are not because people do not feel like there is enough of anything that has changed.
and the economy is not good and they will look for something new. i think if you don't see much change in the next two years, i don't think anybody can predict what the environment will be for the president or the new republican majority in the house. host: 112 congress, when they convene on january 3, here is a look at the numbers. currently, 255 democrats and 178 republicans. that nearly flipped. 240 republicans have been elected, 183 democrats. 12 races are still too close to call. in the senate, current balance of power, 57 democrats, 41 republicans, and two independents. 112th congress, there will be at least 52 or 54 democrats, and at least 46 republicans, and of course, the two independents, bernie sanders and joe lieberman. any chance joe lieberman will
switch parties? guest: i think there is a lot of chatter about it. he has not given indication he would. he still considers himself a democrat, although an independent democrat but he will say a couple of things and the next week will keep us guessing. he has a tendency to say things and get everyone in a frenzy and then he will pull back and clarify. host: do you think we will see party switches in the house? guest: party switcher is did not work out that well. arlen specter. people are looking for authenticity. tra chris, he didn't do well. -- charlie crist, he did not do well. he walked away from being a republican. changing parties to better secure their reelection, i do not think it really works and i would be surprised if we sell to many people doing it. host: marco rubio's speech, he
said to the audience and his supporters, please pray for me that i don't change when i go to washington. guest: barack obama said the same thing two years ago. it is a tough thing when you go to washington. a different environment people people long for the days sometimes when they are not here. host: your calls, results, and analysis for the three hours of "washington journal" and then throughout the day on c-span you are able to call in with your comments as well as we take you from my event to live event as news conferences happen after -- a day after election 2010. greta is at a news desk. >> rand paul won his senate race, saying but tea party now has a mandate. i thought we would look at the tea party winners in the senate and what kind of quokkas they would make. if you look at the pennsylvania race for pat toomey, the republican, former club for growth executive.
he beat joe sestak, 51% to 49%, a slim margin. rand paul beat jeff conway, 56% to 44%, wide margin. moving on to florida and the three-way race, marco rubio with about 49% of the vote, followed by charlie crist, independent, 30%, and kendrick meek, democrat, 20%. looks like marco rubio, tea party candidate, will make his way to the senate. johnson and wisconsin beats longtime democrat russ fine gold. -- feingold. in utah, mike lee, who has been ahead in the polls, gets a big win over the democrat. 62% to 33%. this is what makes up a potentially a tea party caucus.
we don't know about three other races. washington, alaska, colorado. there could be three more, for a total of eight in the senate. tea party caught the spirit if you want to read more, go to our website, c-span.org. host: i wanted to ask about the pennsylvania race. has admiral sestak conceded? >> he was declared the official winner by ap, which takes a little more time to declare that other networks. ap the race and pat toomey looks like the winner. host: thanks. we will be back to you for more information. we will take this call from laura from riverside, california. caller: thank you. i have watched you for years but this is the first time i have called in. host: you are welcome. caller: i just wanted to say something nobody seems to look at.
i feel we are in at a very dangerous place we were in a while ago. that was during the time of reconstruction. number one, the same scare tactics that divide along racial lines. number two, more minorities, black and hispanic, running in the republican party, representing platforms that would decimate the inner-city is -- inner-city is and people of their own cultural group. this is a reconstruction all over again. host: can i ask you. you called on the independent line -- what about your senate and gubernatorial races? caller: i went to democrats. host: why? caller: why?
because i know from -- i am from a conservative community. i sat in a doctor's office and i talked to people in the grocery stores and the people who are supporting the tea party platform haven't the foggiest notion what they are about. guest: when president obama was elected there was a lot of hope about racial relations and whether we would see some kind of coming of the rhetoric and harshness of the politics and it was obviously clear after the last two years it has not changed. a kind of more harsh than it used to be paired -- used to be. i did not see it changing. i think the harshness of the rhetoric will stay there. the president will continue to battle with congress and the republicans will continue battling the white house. they are running for reelection for president starting today,
and republican candidates are running for therunning for the . the 2012 republican primary is going to greatly affect what happens on capitol hill. democrats were not that willing to work with president bush because they did not want to blend the differences they had with him. you will see a lot of that in the next two years. the republican primary will overshadow a lot of what they're trying to do on capitol hill. host: "the reaction to the loss of the house has been rather inflated. it is not like this is a see change on the scale of the 1994 election." guest: that is not true because there were a lot more seats lost yesterday then there were in 1994. this is the biggest loss since 1938, so this is a pretty big
deal. it was talked about for weeks. washington observers had expected this since the end of the summer, that there would be this huge changeover. it's at the high end of what a lot of people were predicting. this is a pretty big deal today. host: next call this morning on "the washington journal." with carrie budoff brown. atlanta, georgia, a democrat, hi. caller: thank you for taking my call. i just heard the previous callers, and i agree. i think a lot of people voted and it's very disappointing with the fear tactics. i do not think they understood what they were voting for, they were just disappointed with their lives and thought they should make a change. they did not make educated decisions about the vote that they took.
and for the people who stayed home and did not vote, it is quite disappointing because it is a lot at stake with the redistricting and the bush tax cuts that have to be voted on. i think the people who are fixed-income, poor, and struggling in this country, that they did themselves a disservice, and i really do not understand why, other than they just were not willing, from the very start, to give obama a chance. guest: that is the flip side. the tea party activists would say we did not like what president obama was doing. it is not that we do not understand what he was doing. we do not like the policy of what he was doing. we rejected it. there is a belief that limited government trickles down, that
when you have less spending, its overall helps the economy, even the democrats would disagree with that. you will see that kind of a theological clash in the next few months, were democrats firmly believe democrats cannot stop propping up the economy, that there needs to be more stimulus-type bills, a $50 billion infrastructure bank pushing for the authorization of the highway bill. democrats still believe the economy needs that, but the republicans are saying, no way, no how. this is not what we are going to do, a if you show was a stimulus bill you will get laughed out of congress. -the other side is that we understand full well but was going on, we just did not like it. host: alan west is an african-
american republican, a tea party fan. is he the only african-american republican to win? i know there was a race in colorado as well. guest: i am not sure about colorado, but -- yeah, he will get a lot of attention. he already has, so that will be interesting for the party because he is a black republican. host: san diego, kristin. hi. caller: thanks for taking my call. if i hear one more time, the party of no, the republican party, i want to scream. what did we just see in this election? it apparently seems the american people have said no also. the policies of the white house and the democrats are not being accepted. the country is practically read except for the west coast -- sorry to be here, because my heart belongs in ohio.
the party of no -- they have said no because we do not want that -- the policies that have been pushed on us. health care -- a bill that nobody has read. a stimulus bill where i just heard this morning and i agree, it went out the window. where? to probably administrative costs. what is the matter with people? do they see -- there is the government sitting on high, and of poor little people waiting for them to dole out what we need. guest: it obviously was not just republicans who turned out yesterday to send a message to washington. independence came out as well. independents are key to the election as well, broader than the republican party alone. you know, there is a disconnect right now between what the white
house has done in the last two years and what voters turned out to do in yesterday's election. host: this is the front page of the "philadelphia inquirer." bett is elected governor." "the new york times" -- "gop takes house. setback for obama and democratic agenda." and finally, from "washington post" -- john boehner on the front page. massachusetts, good morning. caller: thank you for taking my call. i am an independent voter, and a conservative and a tea party supporters. very happy with the way the national elections turned out and that the house was turned over to the republicans, and i
did send a letter to representative boehner, and i said we would be watching him closely, and if they do not do what we ask them to do, we will go after them in 2012. guest: i had an interview with americans for prosperity, a tea party group. he said he has a three-point litmus test for the incoming house republicans. first, there is an earmark moratorium when they meet in a few weeks. second, they pushed at the start of health care repeal. third, they do not raise the debt ceiling, the debt limit, when that comes. he said these are the three things i'm looking for, and if they do not do that, this is a huge problem for the
republicans. i mean, not vote for the debt limit. there are very specific ideas. i do not think it is a mandate for economic conservatism -- i think it's a mandate for economic conservatism, not the republican party. host: two out of three of those would be pretty easy for the gop-controlled house. if they really did not feel that way, the senate being a democratic camp, could put a stop to it. is that cynical? guest: no, that is reality. that is the way things work in washington. republicans will still haven't out. the senate is a dead end for a lot of health bills -- for a lot of house bills. that is the reality, and that is why people do not expect much to get done in the next two years. when the president had nearly 60 votes in the senate and obviously a strong majority in the house, it was
extraordinarily difficult to get things done. they were trying very huge bills, a huge measures. if they go a little smaller, more centrist, maybe, but the democratic caucus in the house and senate is going to be more liberal. moderates lost yesterday, so that will make the president carter to convince the democrat he still has in congress to go along -- the president, harder to convince the democrats he still hasn't congress to go along -- not moving to the center, but we will have to take cues from the president to see what he is thinking. host: a red and blue map of the house of representatives by district -- bright red are republican pickups throughout the country. the red a republican seats, and the blue are the democrats. you can see a lot of red on that
map. that is a tough map for the president for 2012, and a tough map for democrats when they returned to congress in a few weeks, and then in a few months when they reorganize. it is so different than what it was a few years ago. you have a lot of democrats talking about a new electoral map that looks different than it does today. >> senate republican leader mitch mcconnell told politico last week yes, there are going to be new tea party members and he will have to listen to them. but he will also have to listen to a new wing of potential moderate republicans. if you go to new hampshire, kelly ayotte won by a large margin, 60% to 36%. on to the ohio race, portman won
over fisher, 58% to 40%. 58% -- unlike in north dakota, another republican senator who is -- in north dakota, another republican senator among the list of potential moderate senators there. in north dakota, it looks like a republican, mr. hoeven, 76% to mr. potter's 22%. the incumbent blanche lincoln barely surviving a incumbent battle. .
independent voters broke for mr. bozeman last night. -- mr. boozman last night. independents voted for republicans by 15 percentage points. according to exit polls, four years where earlier, independents voted for democrats by 18 points. so "usa today" is calling this a stunning swing of 33 points. let's end with another potential moderate in the senate, and that would be the indiana senate race. brad ellsworth loses to dan coats, who will be returning to the senate, 55% of the vote to brad ellsworth's 40%. host: in fact, brad ellsworth's old congressional seat also went republican last night. here are some more members of the house of representatives who lost their seats last night.
representative john hall, democrat of new york. -- betsye marquee markey, michael arcuri. longtime congressman earl pomeroy lost decisively last night. harry mitchell, democrat of arizona. ann kirkpatrick, democrat of arizona. ciro rodriguez, democrat of arizona. next call. seek out i voted straight democrat. the two things republicans seem to talk most about is lowering
taxes, or tax cuts, and cutting spending. but there are some other issues that they will not say a word about, and i saw the msnbc people trying desperately to get them to answer questions about that they just refuse to come and that is this. the shipping of jobs to other countries like china. they will not talk about that at all ethan hundred billion dollars -- they will not talk about that at all. and the $700 billion that they must borrow to buy the tax cuts. guest: a lot of people are noting the republican rhetoric on cutting spending and cutting taxes, with their view that the tax cuts do not tneed to be paid for so you will pick up tax
revenue there and you can cut the deficit there. we'll hear more from democrats in the coming weeks saying you say you are for fiscal discipline, but you're not finding the tax cuts, the $700 billion it costs to extend the tax cuts. i think the democrats will link those two issues quite a bit starting now. host: i want to go back to your interview with tim phillips of the tea party coalition. two of those things we talked about, but the third one, raising the debt ceiling. what would happen if congress said no to that? guest: the government could default on its loans in is something that has never happened. multiple debt limit increases. host: it has become a normal thing. guest: it has become a normal thing but people are saying it should not be a normal thing. that is a problem. there is recognition that that
would be a terrible consequence, and i talked to conservative economists who say that will never happen and should never happen. but i think republicans see the debt limit vote, which will come down early next year in springtime. that will be a big tool for them to use because the administration needs to increase the debt limit. republicans can try to get a package of concessions on spending or deficit reduction measures that they have not been able to get out of congress or out of the president by that point. so kind of this potentially huge battle down the road. host: carrie budoff brown, i owe you a cup of coffee. in 1971, marco rubio was born to a cuban-born parents who came here following castor's
takeover. you are superior. next line, a republican. good morning. guest: i want to mention i have been a republican for the past four years i voted republican to cross party lines because i believe in what was said with president obama. but this was a no-grader -- a no-brainer this year. voting for a republican. i just hope that -- that washington, alaska, and colorado -- i do believe this change is needed. guest: i think even before yesterday, the election, there was a lot of speculation that maybe the president will thrive
under a divided government situation just as clinton did in 1995. he took a couple of months to gain his footing in 1995, and had the government shutdown, had the oklahoma city bombing or the president regained his voice. by 1996, he was passing welfare reform and balanced budget amendments. he got reelected. so there are some people who think maybe this is the right -- maybe this is how the president gets back in his game and maybe it is just better for washington and policy making in general that there are more checks and balances on each branch of the government. host: two republican senators lost last night, -- two incumbent senators loss last night, blanche lincoln of arkansas, and russ feingold of wisconsin.
the congressman from the old fourth district there, rand paul, from kentucky, won. dan coats from indiana, chris kerns, delaware. these are the new democratic senators. then john boozman, republican of arkansas, and the miami-born marco rubio, republican of florida. maryland, richard, independent line. guest: thank you. i have somewhat of a comment and then a question. originally, i did not vote for president obama, nor did i vote for john mccain. however, i think i am visionary enough to see what has happened. obama has been opposed, on the hit list, so to speak, from day
one. the party of no, of course, is responsible for that. and i think now that they have him down, they will probably take him for the next two years and make sure that he is totally knocked out. however, the question has to do with the pledge, the republican pledge to the american people, and it is regarding -- i want to read you two or three lines of this one statement talking about iran, and it says, "it has declared its determination to acquire a nuclear capability, which threatens its neighbors and the security of the united states. we will work to ensure the government aggressively and effectively implements the sanctions with the tools congress has provided."
very, very harsh statement, and i would like to ask a question from the lady, how she feels about this particular issue. guest: i think it is remarkable in this last election there has been so little discussion of foreign policy in any way -- afghanistan, the war, was almost entirely absent from campaign commercials. we are not hearing much about iran lately. foreign policy getting back in front of the news with the president going overseas on friday, but foreign policy-wise , with the president and afghanistan in particular, he has been able to find common ground with the republicans in the handling of the war, but that has changed. he is a deadline for pulling out troops next year, or to begin pulling out troops out of afghanistan. that will be another area where
you may see the sides diverge. on iran, again, we have not seen the president promised to do certain things, be open to talks. we have not seen much evidence of a willingness to do that. the economy has just completely taken over everything, including our political campaigns. we are not talking much about these important policy issues. host: christian tweets in, "the irony for the tea party is that it strengthens obama to have a divided congress. he now has a foil other than bush." >> jim demand on the morning shows this morning was saying demint oner -- jim t the morning shows this morning now saying that his first agenda item will be to ban special spending requests known as earmarks, that that is the first
thing they want on the floor and that they will be fighting for in the senate. i also want to remind our viewers that there are several senate races we still did not know about -- colorado, alaska, washington. they have not been called. there are seven governor races, gubernatorial races that we do not know about either -- florida, connecticut, oregon, minnesota, vermont, maine, and illinois. if you want to find the latest numbers, go to our website, c- span.org. host: greta mentioned the senate races. here are some more. john hoeven, republican of north kubdakota. mike lee of utah. ron johnson, republican of wisconsin. russ feingold, mark kirk, and pat toomey.
baltimore maryland, good morning. caller: i want to congratulate both of you for just being able to sit and talk day in and day out of this type of politics and still have your sanity. you know, i was really hoping that barack obama, with his stimulus package, would have set a certain percentage of it aside for some really big construction projects in the country. i know the states needed money. i know a lot of the stimulus helped teachers and held up the states to help them get through the last year and a half, but i think he really went wrong there. had he put in some huge project somehow -- and i do not know how it would have been done -- but when he first brought the stimulus package into effect,
that that would be one of the first things along with some other things instead of it being scattered out, and got a lot of people to work -- it would have been government jobs, but it would have gotten people to work. it has been tough for the president to come in after the thing at wall street. host: terry, you need to wrap this up. caller: i'm sorry. i think a lot of people are misinformed and a lot of emotional voting went on, and i just hope for the best for the country. guest: you have to wonder whether the die was cast with the stimulus bill passed, and it was either not building enough -- not big enough, and even just the breakdown of how the money was spent. money was spent on infrastructure projects, but there was also a lot of money on tax cuts. there was a compromise to get republicans on board. so we wonder whether that
actually did more to hurt obama in the past two years and really anything else. maybe if the stimulus was bigger, there would have been a bigger effect on the economy. you'll see the president renewed his push for more infrastructure spending. and maybe the answer, that concern that the caller has expressed. then again, i think we said earlier, i don't see how that really goes for reform on capitol hill right now. host: carrie budoff brown, we have not talked about the governor's. but here are some that have lost. chet culver of iowa, ted strickland of ohio. jon casey, former congressman, beat ted strickland. kasichvernors -- john t. sic
beat ted strickland. new governors are sam brownback, rick snyder, mary fallin. do any of those names jump out at you as national figures come 2012, 2016? guest: i think that none really jump out immediately. i think the 2012 group of candidates are kind of set. you never know how any of these folks will distinguish themselves. chris christie in new jersey has been in office for a year and has jumped out in a way that people are talking about him for president. off the top of my head, i do not see any of that now. a lot of them have been around. they have been in politics. sam brownback was in the senate and tried to run for president a couple of years ago. it did not work out too well for
him, so we will have to see. host: "washington times" this morning -- "2012 republican dark horses at the starting gate." jindall ofed a louisiana. jim demint, just reelected. alvin green has about 30% of the vote. the candidate who mysteriously appeared. chris christie, governor of new jersey. and congressman ryan, who is the incoming presumptive budget chair of the new congress. new orleans, republican line. caller: listen, it might be a blessing that the republicans are taking over for the democrats because the mess that we are in now, it started out
with bush. so now we have another opponent, and they will fight the gop, and america will be glad to get back to the democrats. guest: that is one way to look at it, and that may be how the white house is looking at it now, that the republicans have to share in government and share in getting things done. but i would have to think that the president, at the end of the day, would still have his allies in leadership positions in congress. obviously he can play off republicans and it may help him in terms of transitioning to a new strategy and recasting himself in a way that clears the debt from the last two years. but some of the big ideas, some of the unfinished concept that he pushed, and things that he promised on the campaign trail two years ago -- immigration reform -- he will not be able to
waver on. he promised hispanic voters that he would do that, and that is going to be a pledge, a promise unkept that will come back and he will have to answer for that. there are benefits, but there are downsides for the president host: carrie budoff brown, i am sure in the next couple of days we will seek interviews for john boehner. if you were to conduct one, what is the first type of question you asking? guest: how are you going to show that you are different than this party that you were a part of for 18 years? he was part of newt gingrich's revolution. he has had a history of being with lobbyists. how is he going to show that the party got a message on that front? criticism of the special interest money going into campaigns.
you saw bulletins in the last few weeks that voters do not like that kind of stuff. it does not get to the heart of the issues in the campaign, but they do not like that. certainly journalists are going to be looking to see, looking at the relationships that the new speaker has in special interests, lobbying, lobbyists, and stories will be written about that. host: november 14, the tea party gathering here in washington. do you think john boehner will meet with that group if they invite him? guest: that is a good question. he may well do that. i'm not in his circle of advisers, and i do not understand the policies as he does, to go or not to go. it would probably be a pretty decent p.r. moment for him. reaching out and finding a common cause with them. it is interesting what kind of strategy republicans settle on in the next week and next
month's. they will take a different tone. it just sounds like it may be a stop he can make. host: why did sharron angle lose by five points? guest: harry reid had a turnout in nevada, benefited from a lot of help with the unions, and a lot of folks here in washington went out to help him out there. the campaign -- none of the above -- that was on the ballot and that is the way -- host: about to do 0%. -- about 2%. guest: at the end of the day, the ugly accusations and those things -- i would think he would have to come down to the operation, and obviously sharron angle could not match the democratic operation. host: next call here on "washington journal," carrie budoff brown is our guest from
politico. valerie in winslow, new jersey. caller: good morning, how are you today. i have a couple of brief comments on the election. i hope to find and sobering. number one, the tea party gained its momentum and came to be -- there acronym is "tax enough already." since obama took office, between tax cut and stimulus, taxes on the american people are lower now and have been for over a year than they have been in four decades, yet they are complaining about being taxed too much. it is oxymoron like. these are the same people that when they are interviewed on the street and they complained that obama is a socialist, a marxist, and a fascist, they ask them what he has done that is socialist, and they cannot explain it. but, you know, the people on tv
put these ideas and these statements in their heads, and then they run around like mindless little automatons, pirating these words as if it means something, but they have not given it a thought. they probably have not had an original thought since st. swithin's day. we have had more to job creation in the last six months, the private sector, then george bush did in eight years. guest: that is getting at the heart of frustration that many democrats are feeling this morning. there are tax cuts in the stimulus bill that would put into paychecks, a little bit each month, every paycheck, as opposed to a lump sum. there is a great story in "the new york times" a couple of weeks ago that no one knew that the tax cuts actually existed, and that is a communication problem on the white house's part. they failed on that account to make it clear that taxes are not
as high as they were years ago, that they are lower, that the tax rate is where it has been for a while and, you know, that is part of the second-guessing that is at the heart of the frustration right now for democrats. host: these are the front pages of the new york tabloids. on the front page of the "new york post." "son rise." carrie budoff brown, what is your agenda today? guest: looking into what is that the republicans and the president can find common ground on. i am also interested in looking at latino turnout. there is a big latino turnout exit polling project last night, and i think they will be key to
sort of how they voted in this year where immigration was a big issue. did they turn out for democrats? what were the patterns? did it hold a lot of clues for how the president will run in 2012? we will see if there needs to be any count of our reach -- of about reached after the election. host: thank you for being with .s this morning bob cusack will join us in a few minutes. in the incoming to another 12 -- 243 democrats, -- to a defective by democrats, one of the 70 republicans. the u.s. and at -- right now, -- the u.s. senate -- to relate it
is looking like 50-46-2 with a couple of races still undecided in the senate. greta browner is at the news desk with more political information. >> how senator brown was able to be back -- a senator harry reid was able to beat back a challenge by sharron angle -- according to the associated press analysis, it says he bested sharron angle among all nine -- white voters, including hispanics, eight out of 10 blacks, and a quarter of asians. the mountainous northwest corner, where statewide races are often won or lost, border registration there is evenly divided. though it leads republican, the ap reports this morning that harry reid carry that county,
embarrassing angle on her home turf. that is a little about how he was able to pull off that victory last i want to look at the house chairmen that lost. there are three of them. let's begin with minnesota. this one was called this morning. james oberstar was trying to beat elected -- to be reelected. he loses to the republican there. this is a surprise for jim oberstar. in 2008, he won with 67% of the vote, over 100,000 votes between him and his competitor in 2008. look at the south carolina fifth district. john spratt, the chairman of the budget committee, loses in that race to mick mulvaney. he serves 28 years in congress. in the fourth district, ike skelton, he loses his build
against -- his bid against vicky hartzler 2/3 of voters voted for ike skelton last time around. i want to also let viewers know about massachusetts you saw the headlines leading up to election day were barney frank was being challenged. it was the strongest challenge yet for him. he won pretty handily last night, beating back shawn black -- sean bielat. the gop gave his competitor hundreds of thousands of dollars, hoping to knock him off, and mr. frank had to load his campaign some money in that race. all these results can be found on our website, c-span.org. host: that is greta browner at our news desk. she will be back this morning with more news update.
we are now joined by bob cusack, the managing editor of "the hill" newspaper. this was a bigger tied for republicans than in 1994. guest: yes, this was just stunning. not only was it more than 39, it was more than 52. in 1994, you think back to 2006, a big wave for the democrats. democrats won 30 seats in 2006. in 2008, they won an additional net of 24. so 54 seats, and basically that is all washed away. a lot of those freshmen and second-term lawmakers are now gone. it is just a historic night, a stunning blow for house democratic leaders and the president. host: in fact, in 2006, as you mentioned, in george w. bush's
presidency, he lost 34 seats in the house. 1954, dwight eisenhower, republicans lost 16 seats. in 1946, harry truman, democrat, lost 55 seats. it looks like this one will be bigger than that election. guest: that is right. it does not look like it will be as big as the one in the 1930's, but it is an historic level. the incumbents, as you have been discussing this morning, they were going down so fast last night, whether it be subcommittee chairman, full committee chairman, a freshman. they were all going down. outside of tester -- outside of texas redistricting, only four republicans lost last night. since that time, wave after wave after wave. just unbelievable. host: will was the biggest surprise for you last night, bob?
guest: i think just the extent of the win. rick out church, that was indication of kit -- rick -- some people think he was hurt by his youngest vote on climate change. -- by his yes vote on climate change. when he went down, that was an indication that it was going to be a big night for the gop. there were some indications that the democrats could do ok, and then they all started to fall. pennsylvania, ohio, and one of the surprising things is a handful of new york democrats lost. that was stunning. i did not think some of those .ncumbents would go down if it was close going into election day, the democrats lost. host: one of the conservative party candidate, pat toomey,
here's what he had to say. >> in order to win, i have to have the republican, democrat, and independent support. and i did. we are all in this together. we are all americans, and i will be a senator for all pennsylvanian. [applause] specifically, i want to extend a hand, my hand, to president obama. it is important that president obama, to remember, that he is not our opponent, he is our president. i work on either side of the aisle with anyone who is willing to do the hard work to make sure we can have the economic growth and prosperity that we deserve. guest: pat toomey, a former head of the -- he almost took down senator specter in a republican primary six years ago. that race was so unpredictable.
arlen specter changed parties and was taken down by joe sestak. sure enough, pat toomey 1, and generally speaking, a blue state, and he was attacked for some of his conservative views but it did not matter. now pat toomey is willing to compromise, but he has been trying to get in the senate for a long time. he picked a very good year to run. host: in fact, a new governor, pennsylvania republican. several democrats in congress lost, including paul kantor ski, patrick murphy, who was seen as a rising star at one point in the democratic party. i want to talk about the colorado senate and gubernatorial race. we are joined by the political editor of the denver post, curtis hubbard. what is the latest on the colorado senate race?
guest: the democratic incumbent needs can block -- neat -- leads ken buck by a total of 6940 votes. they are separated by 47.4% to 47.1%. host: is that 100% of the votes counted? guest: is impossible for us to tell in colorado anymore. mail balloting and early voting, there it are not a defined number of precincts. we just do not know. what we are told by county clerks is that most of the counties are done counting. it looks like the two biggest vote banks that are still out there are denver and boulder counties, which are democratic- leaning counties. they have propelled senator bennett into the lead in the
last two hours. host: what about the absentee's, mr. hubbard? guest: the absentees are counted largely early. those results are some of the results we begin to see right after the polls close. what would be left at this point would be a provisional ballots. those would be ballots cast by people who went to the polling place and for some reason or other cast a ballot that would only be counted in the event of an extremely close race. host: curtis hubbard, we are joined also by bob cusack, the managing editor of "the hill" in washington. guest: were you surprised in this republican wave that bennett was on top now? he was obviously a political neophyte. why do you think he is on top right now? guest: i think that he had an incredibly focused campaign machine, and if any of your
viewers are baseball fans, i would like it to sort of what billy bean has done with the oakland athletics. they were focused on very micro- level data. i spoke to the campaign yesterday and they were talking about some of the targeting they did, knocking five times on doors of targeted voters in republican-leaning el paso county, for example. five other counties where they would get volunteers out and knock at least three times on the doors of their targeted demographic. it is something that i think senator bennet developed in his business career, and i think he brought it over and the democrats used it in this campaign. host: curtis hubbard, what are the chances for a recount of this? guest: at this point they are not looking very good. in colorado, they are triggered
based on being within one-half of 1% of the top vote-getter, and at this point it's not that close. host: here is the front page of "the denver post" this morning. the winner of the gubernatorial race -- he won against tom can credo -- against tom tancredo. next call, mary, a democrat from louisville, ky. barry is gone. we are going to move on to arlington, virginia. caller: good morning, c-span3 great coverage so far. i want to get bob and greta's take on alaska. if they could list how many
right-in kattegat's -- write-in candidates there are. if i recall right, there are probably 10 different ones. i think that is not going to be called until next tuesday. ghost: we will give greta a few minutes to look for that information. how does that sound? what else do you want to ask bob cusack? guest: just a couple of comments. i think carrie summed up well by saying this is the biggest tidal wave since 1938 this is reconstruction. one of your callers referred to it. i am conservative, too, and when you have the national debt, 93% of gdp, and the cbo saying that by 2015 it is going to be 102%, something has to change.
guest: sure. the electorate was angry, and it has been angry for a while, and that is where john boehner is now on the spot. he is going to be meet the house -- he is going to be leading the house with a bigger majority than expected. i think it comes down to the economy, and people say, what about the tea party? that exists going into the next cycle. i think it does, going into the next presidential cycle. but until the economy improves and the on the planet rate goes down, there will be some angry voters. the economy -- and the unemployment rate goes down, there will be angry voters. the economy is a tricky thing. it is very difficult, and i think you will see john boehner talk about extending tax cuts. that was a big part of their campaign, and obviously repealing health care and cutting spending. those three things will unify republicans, in this white house has been looking to divide republicans. host: greta browner at the news
desk, what do you have for us? >> "the hill" reported that 160 people wanted to write in as candidates. said the republicans wrote their names entered you can see here that the right-in candidates on a whole -- 41% leading in that race. joe miller, the republican meeting, they tea party candidate, 34%. we presume that most of that 41% is for the some rakowski, and she said this morning on cnn that -- lisa murkowski. we do not know who will win yet. they will start counting the ballots on november 18, and it sounds like it will take about three days for them to finish. that is the latest on that. we are also waiting of the colorado and washington senate races as well. i want to let our viewers know that house republican whip eric
cantor was on this morning saying that they will move on to reforming the health care law. i also wanted to show viewers "usa today," a little bit about exit polls, what they were able to figure out. we talked about how independence had a 33 point swing toward republic -- how independents had a 34-point swing. four years ago they had backed democrats by 12 points. seniors, most skeptical of the health care law, moved to the gop. those 65 olbers -- those 65 and older back to republicans by 19 points. middle-class americans turned out to republicans. those families with incomes of $50,000 a year to $75,000 a year supported democrats in 2008, but backed republicans
this time by six. voters with only a high-school education did the same. in 2008, they supported democrats by 12 points. tuesday they backed the gop by six. the latest numbers on all of these races -- house, senate, governors -- can be found on our web site, c-span.org. host: bob cusack, we have not talked about mitch mcconnell this morning. is he going to be a power broker? guest: absolutely. we have republicans who are up in 2012, including senator orrin hatch, who will probably face a primary challenge. jim demint a king maker, there is no doubt. mitch mcconnell, john baker -- john boehner have stolen the spotlight to the senate was not expected to go republican. mitch mcconnell and john cornyn, the senate campaign chief, said
it would probably take two cycles. look at 2012 -- the real difficulty for democrats in the senate is that more than 20 democrats will be up compared to only 10 republicans. mitch mcconnell is not the majority leader right now, but he could be in two years. they made a significant step last night. mitch mcconnell when we interviewed him earlier, he said president obama did not call me very much. now he will have to be talking to be a lot more. host: a couple of the senators elected yesterday will be sworn in right away because they are replacements. marco rubio in florida. how is this going to affect the november 15 week of lame duck sessions? guest: it will change the numbers, but i do not think it will change the dynamics. the big issue is tax cuts.
democrats are really trying to pick up the pieces, and there will be a lot of finger-pointing in the next few weeks. republicans said let's not do any major legislation unless a must-pass. for the democrats to try to come back and pass the president's house tax plan instead of -- it means republicans have the momentum and it will be very difficult for democrats to be bowled on anything. host: linda in when a ham -- linda in ohio. you're on "the washington journal." caller: by wanted to make a comment. a lot of people are saying that everybody ran over there because they are scared. i was a democrat all my life, and i have just seen my country going to pot and everything is changing and people are losing their jobs, people taking tax cuts and wages.
our country is just ignoring that, you know? that is why i switched my vote to the candidate i think is the best choice, which was the gop this time, you know? guest: and a lot of democrats and independents who supported president obama really did not like his argument in the end. the big problem for democrats is when they passed the stimulus, that was basically their economic solution. they promised that the white house -- the white house did, anyway. not congressional democrats -- that unemployment would stay at 8.5%, 9.6%. most people look at those numbers and said we spent a lot of money and increase the deficit. will they reach a deal? will it pass congress?
there can be cut across the board to defense, tackling tax cuts. we will see. but without a doubt, there is a move to cut spending. host: from wikipedia, an updated map done by district. the red is all republicans, including republican pickup states, the bright red. it's kind of hard to see some of the cities, some of those districts. this has already been updated, and pretty much accurate. there are a couple of uncalled races at this point. the next call comes from texas. hi, robert. caller: if brian lamb were catholic, i think we would make him a state. i voted the straight democratic
ticket in the recent election. it is the first time in my life i have done that. prior to this time, i have been a republican throughout my life. i think the two take away messages from this election are, number one, attack ads work. number 2, there are enormous for sale signs over our white house and over our congress in washington. it is a shame. i changed because of guys like mitch mcconnell who, for 30 years, has been representing the tobacco industry in congress. now we have equally sinister special interests like the banking industry wants to avoid any kind of reform. the insurance companies and the health-care industry want to avoid any kind of change in obamacare, and it is just really pathetic that hundreds of millions of dollars are being
spent by corporations to remain anonymous and who, the amount of their contributions are unknown to us. guest: there was a big debate after the citizens united ruling from the supreme court, and the republicans, specifically john boehner, democrats have said that republicans are too cozy with special interests, and republicans say the democrats are too cozy with unions and other a liberal activist groups. the trick for republicans is making sure that they do not seem that they are working for a -- making sure that they seem that they are working for the american people and not special interests. john boehner will have to decide what to do with the office of congressional ethics, set up by nancy pelosi. the office of congressional ethics was criticized heavily by
both democrats and republicans, and the thinking is that john boehner is just going to let the house have the committee look into things and host: democrats must now deal with ethics the trials. maxine waters will begin on november 29. philadelphia, republican. you are on with bob cusack. caller: good morning. congratulations to all the republicans. hopefully this a good for the ron paul-ralph nader revolution. this health care bill can never work. the ftc is hunting down as a nutritionist. the fda with the democratic
congress. thank you, gentleman. host: we move on to the independent line. caller: retired dermatologist's be the establishment's hand- picked candidate down here. and then when he was in the general election, he pretty much had to do it by himself. he was fighting against the democrats and the republican establishment sat on their hands. i wonder if the republican establishment thinks the tea party types will continue to support them if they will not support the grass roots people in return. guest: the tea party and helped the republicans in terms of energizing the base. that is what the midterms are
about, getting the base et al.. there were some casualties in terms of members of congress. a seat was lost in delaware. some people thought harry reid would have lost if sharron angle had not won. john boehner will be overseeing and trying to manage some of these people who are not in the mood to compromise. president obama said he is willing to compromise. harry reid said he is willing to compromise. republicans will have to decide what it will compromise and what it will fight the president on. host: this is the new map. et.have a twe
this is "washington journal" and we are taking your calls. we will put the phone numbers back on the screen in case you would like to dial in. let's look at the tea party senators who were not able to beat democrats. let's begin with christine o'donnell. take a look at the numbers. coons be to back that challenge. we talked about the nevada race. sharron angle lost to harry reid. he has lost past -- he has won past races bought five under votes. he winds with 50% of the vote. sharron angle, 45% of the vote.
he loses his bid to the governor, joe manchin, taking over the seat for the late senator byrd. "the washington post" says independent tilted towards manchin, a big shift from the national trend. he defeated raese. 13% said their vote was in favor of president obama. 46% said it was against the president. four in a tent set president obama was not a factor in their -- four in 10 said president obama was not a factor in their
vote. joe manchin was able to pull off the wind. you can find more of our website, c-span.org. guest: that was stunning that he said it was not a close race. it was by a wide margin. it was a difficult race. a ton of money went into sharron angle's campaign. it was telling that republicans won president obama's seat. the democrat said nothing would give republicans more bragging rights than winning this seat. republicans won that seat. the house republicans are the story this morning. now the face of the republican party is john boehner.
host: 202-737-0001 -- republicans. 202-737-0002 -- democrats. 202-628-0205 -- independents. you can also send us a tweet, twitter.com/cspanwj. they hold their own separate conversations from what we do here. you can also send us an e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. please allow 30 days between your calls. caller: i am a democrat. the reason the democrats lost the election was rather than the focus on the economy and jobs and the foreign occupations, health care, which does not help the immediate situation, the deregulation by the reagan and
bush administration led to the crashes. rather than deal directly with these economic and job situations, we're focusing on health care, which is important but not the party in the eyes of the american people. i think we need to get back to what the change was there and do something about the occupations and something about the deregulation that causes economic crashes. we have not done that at all. guest: democrats are frustrated. they could not pass health care under bill clinton. years later, 2010, they finally got health care done. president obama made the case that it would be more popular. we did some polling. one in fort democrats -- one in four democrats supported the
repeal. this will be going on till 2012. no chance they will be able to repeal the entire law. maybe they can torpedo parts of it. they said they will stop the iraq war. they were not able to. they said they need a new president to repeal the entire law. host: steve bousquet is our next guest. guest: rick scott is had by 60 votes or so. alex sink has not conceded. the looks impossible for the democrats to pull ahead. so this is the closest race for
governor in 60 years. it is the 10th anniversary of the presidential recount. people in florida get jittery when elections get this close. it appears that rick scott is going to eke out a narrow victory for governor in florida. host: how many of the votes are still outstanding? what is the situation? what triggers a recount in florida? that probably brings back memories for people. the manual recount is ordered when the candidates are separated by less than 0.5%. it is not that close. rick scott has a lead of about one percentage point. his lead would have to be cut in
half to trigger the manual recount. i cannot tell you with certainty what votes have been counted. it appears that everything has been counted in palm beach county, where there was a lag in getting those votes counted. palm beach is closed out. it appears that whatever votes are left to be counted, if they are not enough, even if alex sink all them overcome the deficit. host: the managing editor of " the hill"newspaper is with us. guest: he has run statewide in florida before. do you think when they did not support mccollum that he could not win? caller: he was the establishment candidate.
a lot of people think bill mccollum could get beat alex sink more easily. rick scott spent 7 $3 million of his own money -- he spent $73 million of its own money and he is the most unpopular governor in the history of the state in modern times. two two -- the last two polls show -- alex sink's numbers were not a lot better. as you saw last night, it was a successful election cycle for republicans nationally. it looks like rick scott just barely got over the finish line. host: how much money was spent
and how negative or the ads in the governor's race? caller: the money will be north of $120 million. every race is the most expensive in history because the money keeps escalating. roughestome ofadof the ads were against rick scott against medicare fraud, where rick scott used to be the ceo. those ads drew blood, but he was able to survive. called alexs ads sink a liberal. she portrayed rick as untrustworthy. host: are there any other
florida braces you want to mention that stood out to from last night? caller: 1 significant issue. the republicans ran the table. they won one all the -- they won all the statewide races. the voters of florida approved two constitutional amendments which will make it more difficult for the ruling republican majority to draw the district's the with a one. the must comply with strict new standards. it were funded in large part by liberal groups that wanted to tie the hands of republicans drawing the district lines. i think it will go to court. republicans were more dominant than ever in florida, yet it now must comply with these much
more restrictive legislative reapportionment guidelines. that is very significant. host: steve bousquet, thank you so much. guest: look at 2012 and a looks like republicans have ohio. it looks like they will get the governorship of florida. those are big things. there was an indication that president clinton's steps clinch and you that he would win a second term. that was extraordinary. i doubt that a year from now we will think that president obama has little wrapped up. >> there are several other governors races we do not know about this morning. on the florida race, you ask our guest about what it is one of
the% reporting. 99% reporting from the associated press. the republican leads by 49% to 48%. going to our numbers on our website, dan malloy is trailing over mr. foley 50% to 49%. they had major ballot shortage issues in bridgeport, conn. that is to blame for this race being too close to call. moving on to oregon. the governor wants another term. he is going for his third term. he is trailing now at this point by one percentage and we are
still waiting for the largest counties in that state to be tallied. going on to the minnesota governor race. the former senator wants to be governor of that state. he is ahead by one point, a slim margin. we're watching that race as well. in vermont, it looks like that race is also too close to call this morning with the republican -- go to our website. the republican in that race -- foreign & and the republican has about 48%. there is on your screen. that one is too close to call. it is a three-way race for governor. mitchell, democrat, has already conceded saying she will support
either one of the candidates, whoever comes out on top -- it could be weeks before we know who wins the maine governor's race. bradley was trying to defeat quinn. too close to call. 99% are reporting. mr. brady -- pat quinn has a slight lead on him, 46.5% to 46.2%. that is what we're waiting for. for more information, go to our website, c-span.org. host: was talking about the gubernatorial races. 26 governorships are held by democrats. one independent. in january, the 15 governorships will be in democratic hands.
diana and long island, new york. you are on "washington journal." caller: good morning. i was delighted the majority in the house, but i realized we need the senate, too. legislation could come out of the house and had a dead end in the senate or betide up. what is the history of the effectiveness of a split congress? guest: that is an interesting question. we have a republican congress and a democratic president in the 1990's and they agreed a lot. the interesting dynamic will be wilt harry reid and the white house gave up on john boehner? there's not much of a relationship between harry reid and john boehner. now there will be changing sell
those -- salvos. it will be hard to reach a compromise, especially when you have john boehner. i think he will try to repeal the health care reform, probably pretty soon. not first but soon. that will be supported by all republicans in the house. then some gridlock in the senate. there will be tension between harry reid and john painter. host: new york, chris. caller: this is another election cycle where big money rules and is basically about the two parties chasing money and fighting each other. what do you think the outsourcing and jobs will stop? guest: i do not know. as far as the money going into
campaigns, we continue to see sky-high infusions of campaign cash. some people say the country spends more on potato chips that run campaigns. putting money into campaigns is what works in the american way. others say there needs to be more disclosure. that bill will go nowhere. so that bill is dead. as far as the economy, it will be difficult for it unless the economy improves, a lot of the incumbents could be voted out. there could be another wave in 2012. host: bob cusack joins us here. greta brawner is at our news desk. >> speaker pelosi would not be speaking to the press today. we will not hear from her. we have an update on the georgia
congressional race. it looks like the republican challenger is conceding the race, saint mr. bishop beat him there -- saying mr. bishop beat him there. bishop right now lease over the republican challenger 51% to about 49%. so the republican conceding in that race. host: you can watch all the concession and victory speeches last night. everything is available. you can see the twitter fees from the candidates. everything is on our website at c-span.org. is a wonderful resource. the people who have worked on that have done a wonderful john.
nancy pelosi is not speaking to the press today. guest: that surprised me, peter. usually the next day after the election there is a scramble. we may see some movement on the senate. who is going to run for the number 3 slot that you have boehner, kantor, and the whip position. that could be kevin mccarthy. we could see a showdown. banner may try to get one to not run against each other. but nancy pelosi's decision not to speak to the press is interesting. democrats are mobilizing. some democrats could -- i do think the smart money is not steny hoyer to become the next minority leader. i think james clyburn will remain in leadership. the work robbers that he would
go into the obama -- there were some rumors that he would go into the obama administration. i think steny hoyer will be the minority leader. i would not be surprised if those men are challenged. host: could you foresee a challenge to harry reid? guest: i do not. he has a good relationship with mitch mcconnell. relationshipell's with chuck schumer was not very strong. but harry reid and mcconnell our friends. they have a good relationship. she has a lot of grassroots support. she is a regular on the cable news shows patrick whether she has the support remains to be seen. a lot of these things come down
to popularity contest. michele bachmann is well liked. kevin mccarthy was in charge of recruitment and did a lot of work. michele bachmann surly could launch a bid. -- certainly could launch a bid. host: jason from tennessee. caller: good morning. i have a question. it seems like the biggest senate battle was in arkansas, and it just kind of died down there in the last couple of months and never heard anything on that. i was wondering that maybe senator clinquant could have lost because of the health care bill or she was just in the southern state -- senator quentin -- senator lincoln.
guest: she survived a tough primary early this year and ran a good campaign. she was in a red state. what happened was she got caught up in the wave and lost. host: john boozman. guest: he will be the next arkansas senator patrick he ran a good campaign. blanche lincoln was never able to make up the ground. he she was behind from the get go and she never got that close. host: patricia from michigan, republican. caller: good morning. i just thought that i would take a minute and laugh at something that your guest said a few minutes ago. he was discussing something and he said harry reid would have
lost if dealer person would have won. that makes sense. i wanted to let you know. that makes no sense. this is a problem that we have with the media who do not know what they're talking about. host: do you mean if sharron angle did not win the primary? caller: that is not what he said. it makes no sense. host: i don't mean to put words in your mouth. camp wantedy reid's sharron angle to win. some people think that those candidates wanted -- harry reid has proven that he cannot win
tight races. who knows what happened? they were able to go after sharron angle as an extreme candidates. harry reid did when by 5%. host: the democratic congressman lookher seat guest:: at who lost. he voted against the stimulus and health care. host: and voted for mccain. guest: it did not matter. if you look at ohio, new york, provided, nevada, there is no democrat that was safe. host: our guest is bob cusack. syracuse, new york. caller: i hope i can get my
point across. i am little nervous. i think every politician that voted for the health care should be booted. to all your listeners out there, stop and think -- you are going to go to the bank and sign for a new home. your lawyer tells you, just go there, sign it, i will read it later. does that make sense? guest: interesting point. john boehner has said he will post bill 72 hours so lawmakers can read it. it was done under the house of nancy pelosi. bills that were hundreds of pages or not really read by members. they could not have physically been a friend. john boehner said we will put an
end to that. these bills will be posted online. on the30 am6 k west coast. joining us now is joe garofoli. caller: i think the polls disclosed 30 minutes ago. host: what is the update on the senate race? caller: barbara boxer has won the race. it was close. the vote in los angeles had not fully cubing yet. neither had alameda county near san francisco bay. that explains the closest of the race last night. host: has carly fiorina
conceded? caller: she has not wave the white flag officially yet. she probably will be speaking this morning. host: the senate and the gubernatorial races in california actually went pretty big for the democrats. caller: that is true. almost every statewide office except attorney general when for democrats. fiorina acknowledged in a speech last night and said it is a great night to be a republican, but california is always a little bit different. and that was the case. it was amazing because they wouldn't spend a record amount -- the former ceo of the day -- ned wouldn't spend $160 billion -- made with men -- meg whitman
got crushed by jerry brown. guest: what is the mood as far as nancy pelosi's future? she was happy the san francisco giants won the world series. caller: that may be her only a victory. the big question is what does pelosi do next? traditionally, the house speaker falls on his or her sword. woolsey resigned -- will she resign? will she stay on and run as minority leader? we should know that soon. host: she is not speaking to the press today.
caller: yes. what is her next move? she won her district by 80%. if she were to resign her seat, that would set off a free-for- all for a seat that is what the coveted. host: has she been accessible to you? caller: when she comes into town, yes. she is raising money constantly. even when there is political office seekers don't want to be seen with her, they want her to stick around to raise money for them. she has not had to campaign because she winds every time by 75% of the vote -- because she wins every time by 75%. host: there were calls about proposition 19.
caller: those are the type of calls you get late at night. it lost big here. it was to legalize marijuana in california. it lost big but the people behind it say it did a world of good trick is helped to legitimize the issue nationally. they treated it legitimately, and i like it was a bunch of stunners -- stoners who wanted to smoke pot. they said it will bring it back on about in a couple of years. host: joe garofoli, thank you for being with us this morning. >> there were160 statewide ballot questions. you just talked about the california publishes a 19 or
voters rejected that. voters rejected a measure to legalize medical marijuana in south dakota. this is already legal in california and 13 other states. medical marijuana rejected in south carolina. moving on to the health-care issue in oklahoma. it looks like voters approved a proposed amendment aimed at mollifying the segment of the new federal health care law requiring people to have health insurance. similar measures were also on the ballot in arizona and colorado. you canno seat 55% said yes to that in arizona. in colorado, they had the definition of life on the ballot. voters decided against an anti- abortion personhood abandoned.
it would have given full rights to unborn fetuses in the state constitution. california voters soundly rejected proposition 23, which would have suspended the state landmark cap and trade law until the jobless lot fell to 5% for a year. and then in rhode island. they chose to keep the state's informal name, which is rhode island and providence plantation, instead of just rhode island. rhode island is technically called rhode island and providence plantations. all this information can be found at our website, c- span.org. host: any of those attract your attention? guest: some are amusing. now the team in town is going to be dealt initiatives in 2012 --
is it going to be ballot initiatives. with so the gay marriage thing on the ballots. it was viewed as helping president bush. these things are fascinating. it does legitimistze it. host: thank you for holding. caller: good morning. i stayed up late and those watching c-span. i was up until 3:00 a.m. in the morning, so i'm tired. i am a democrat. i really like to marco rubio. i'm very happy kehe won. he was different then most republicans, ok? and also, but i would like to say that i hope that we never
have so many negative ads. people actually got so sick of it. they would change the station and everything else. i hope that never ever happens again. ok? host: did you vote for jack conway? caller: yes, i did. host: what did he think of the kentucky senate race? caller: i was disappointed. paul.t care for rand i did not like his speech last night. i think all the republicans did a really good with their speeches. i didn't like his. he was so negative about everything. he was just going to go winds and just on his own and change everything overnight. host: rand paul ended up winning by 12 points. guest: he made some statements
earlier and he was attacked. kentucky is a red state. he won in a tough republican year, mitch mcconnell. this shows the extent of the ron paul movement. that is a powerful grass-roots movement. will be interesting to see how rand paul is in the senate. mitch mcconnell did not want rand paul to win in the senate. host: jack conway thanked wendell ford. i had forgotten about him. he is still out there working for the democrats. we have a tweet. guest: nancy pelosi wanted to
bring a tax bill to the floor the with the fall what president obama wants. she ran into some resistance from the conservative -- from conservative democrats. steny hoyer did not want to do that before the election. i did not think she'll how the political power to do that. the white house has indicated they are open to compromise on this. there was talk of lifting the level to $250,000. then pushed off until the next election year, which republicans may want. host: connecticut, jill, republican line -- joe. caller: hello. i'm calling from connecticut. the democrats were able to stuff the ballots in our largest
cities. they cut a court order to keep the polls open for two extra hours. it reminds me what happened in missouri. the registrar of voters of connecticut -- of bridgeport only ordered 21,000 ballots for six to 1000 registered voters. when the old people cannot to vote against obama care, they were turned away at the polls. host: which democratic victories are you attributing that moved to? caller: which victories? the congressional candidate was going to win. he has now lost by 500 votes. he had that one in the bag against the pelosi puppet. it looks like dan malloy has a
good chance. dan mullet is the democrat, -- dan malloy is the democrats. the republican should have won by 10,000 votes. host: we have to leave it there. guest: christopher shays was replaced. president obama visited jim district and he was in trouble. jim hines said republicans were probably going to win at the house. it looks like he will pull that one out. as far as accusations and ballot-stuffing, they will not can see if there is something credible there. some seats may not be determined until two weeks.
host: michigan, independent line. caller: i think is not a part of republican or democrat or independent. i think the officials need to do what they say they will do. give us jobs. guess where we need to be a pyrrhic if they are not going to get us where we need to be -- get us where we need to be. we are looking for change. we are looking for jobs. we are looking to better our economy. we are looking to better ourselves as a nation. host: what is one thing you would like to see the congress do? caller: i would like to see the congress work on the economy. i have several family members out of jobs. i have several family members living together and trying to
make ends meet. i would just like to see the congress at least help lift some regulation to be able to attract more jobs to michigan. host: who did you vote for for governor? caller: i voted for rick snyder. guest: republicans will have to make the case that things have changed and that they have done steps that are popular. host: greta brawner has more. >> and looks like the republican candidate is conceding defeat to was democratic opponent. the associated press is reporting an update. we have several governors races we do not know about. florida, connecticut, minnesota, illinois -- we don't know the outcome of those races. pat quinn is saying there is
about 10,000 votes that still need to be counted in that race. we still don't know about three senate races -- colorado, and washington. you can follow all on our website. you can scroll down and see we are aggravating -- aggregating all of the tweets. we are getting tweets from ohio, the new governor, mark kirk, the new senator in illinois. you can follow along at c- span.org. host: any update on the washington senate race? he said it was 50-50 in the northwest. >> we have not seen anything from the associated press. there is about 62% of precincts
reporting in washington state. emery has a slight advantage. -- anna marie -- murray has a slight advantage. 62% of the votes have been counted. it will begin to count this morning. 1.4 million votes out of 2.4 million had been counted last night. host: greta brawner, thank you. missouri, richard on our democrat line. caller: i missed the last great depression, but i think i might see this one. blanche lincoln -- the democratic party is not going to miss those people. they are worthless. everybody is trying to figure this thing out. it is pretty simple.
it is a black-and-white situation. all the white people voted republican. that is the way it is. host: we will move on to the west coast. duane in oregon. caller: thank you for taking my call. i am a republican and have been all my life. i can remember back before obama got in, when bush was in. we were exiting jobs like crazy at that time. our economy started going down long before obama got in theire. i do not know if people remember that. right now i just think we had an election that was bought and
paid for by chinese dollars. host: who did you vote for for governor? caller: i am not sure which is winning. host: who did you vote for? caller: i voted for democrat on both deals. my insurance went up over $600 a month. i'm self-employed. this was before obama got in there. guest: voters are not patient, especially when they are struggling to make ends meet and they do not have jobs. they are not pleased with what they saw, and they spoke last night. republicans did a lot of spending when they controlled congress.
there are some tough decisions policymakers have to make. some things will be unpopular. we will see. host: richard wagoner is with " the seattle times." caller: it is too close to call. murray is leading by about one percentage point. there are more ballots to be counted. host: are these mail-in ballots? caller: voters have until election day yesterday to get their ballots postmarked. there will be in number of ballots coming over the next few days. some counties were able to count ballots dick came in as late as monday.
ballots were counted on saturday in seattle. host: you are saying the outstanding ballots could be from seattle? caller: you never know how many ballots will come in because he did not know how many people actually voted. it appears that there may be maybe 1/3 of ballots that could be from the county where senator murray is leading. i think that would give some encouragement to them. host: bob cusack is here on the set with us. guest: your state voted for president obama by 17, 18 points per what happened in washington? still: the president' is
supported by many people in washington state. we have had our problems with unemployment and the economy has been poor. the unemployment rate is about 9%. so there is a lot of dissatisfaction. that dissatisfaction is seen up and down the ballot here. in an empty as strong as other states. host: how much money was spent in the senate race? caller: probably about $40 million. $20 million by the candidates themselves and maybe $20 million by outside groups. host: there are some large corporations in washington. there is a big boeing presence
and also microsoft. where are these companies coming down? caller: they themselves generally as corporate entities -- they did not endorse and come down on one side or another. a number of boeing -- patty murray has been good for boeing, it is fair to say. a number of employees support her. same thing for microsoft. a lot of that money has gone to republicans. host: richard wagoner, thank you for the update. guest: if you look back 20 months ago, republicans were thinking, maybe we could win one or two seats. just the turnaround is unbelievable. what has happened over the last 20 months. dino rossi is in a tight race.
patty murray -- republicans are hoping to take down harry reid and murray. she had a tough reelection. host: john boehner, eric cantor held a press conference this morning, which you'll be able to see it on c-span some time to read. this is just from this morning. they are talking to the press. you can see that in its entirety on c-span or on c-span.org. you are on with bob cusack. caller: good morning. peter, it is official. there are changes in the country. it is probably about time that you take off the three phone
numbers that differentiate the liberals -- the liberals refused to use their phone line. let's do that now. take a good look at that. the creeks -- tweeters are in. this past to stop. it is ridiculous. we're heading into an important time. c-span is so important. i have a second thing. i have a question for bob. with joe manchin voting republican, i'm interested about your thoughts about the supreme court nominees, with joe manchin, joe lieberman, they are two or three votes away. i do not think president obama will be any more liberals on the
court. guest: ben nelson is also up for reelection. i do think that if there is a supreme court opening, president obama will have to think about who will nominate very closely because joe manchin ran against the president in west virginia. he was stunned by how much he was down in the polls. he will be voting with republicans. that is what he promised to do. host: what is your agenda at about cusack? guest: we will be looking at the challenges for john barrett and mitch mcconnell, how it will all look -- for john boehner. and what is the future of nancy pelosi? caller: good morning.
i wanted to comment on the all the negativity. i am a single mother. i strongly support my president. i have never experienced such disrespect for the president of the united states. i have -- that i have seen for president obama. it is the fact that he is a black president and we have had 43 white presidents. i have never seen such negativity and lack of respect. he still all of our president. host: we have heard that comment quite a bit "washington journal here on -- here on "washington journal." guest: the unemployment rate is high. president obama was able to
overcome a lot of that chatter per i think we will return to a traditional map of bush-carried -- bush-kerry and bush-gore. host: we will lead bob cusack go. we will continue to take your calls. you will be able to hear more on -- to hear him on npr. thehill.com is the website to go to if you want to hear what "the hill"is reporting. time for a couple of more calls. caller: you have to excuse me. i got very little sleep. let me try and particulates what i wanted to say -- let me try
and articulate what i wanted to say. i heard banter from the talking heads west might -- last night about teak party candidates. -- about tea party candidates. people need to realize that most of us did not have a tea party candidate to vote for. there were millions and millions of tea party votes cast. they just were not all cast for -- i am a registered republican tea party member. host: was pat toomey supported by the tea party? caller: i do not know. host: but you supported him. what do you do in pittsburg? caller: other than watching too
many political shows come and work on computers and networks and a hopeful inventor. hopefully we can get small business back to work. host: what makes you a republican? caller: well, i am the tea partier, but we cannot register that way. i have conservative values, like christian values. i am not happy with the republicans. don't get me wrong. we are watching now. this country has finally woken up and we are watching. these folks that won, i want to tell them that. host: final call is from joyce in cleveland, ohio. caller: i am calling because a
reality has set in th. the general public has not taken on their responsibility for it they want the government to cut their spending. the general public has not figured out. we talked a good kid and talk about the tea party and democrats and all of us have to be responsible. you cannot ask the government or the tea party or anyone to do it except yourself. the jobs used to have an making the big money is not coming back. the reality is that business is still going to go to canada and japan because when you get 10 cents on a doll for an employee, what you expect? -- 10 cents on the dollar.
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