- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 3, 2010

ARKANSAS

Republicans eye gains in state

LITTLE ROCK | The sagging fortunes of major Democratic campaigns in Arkansas are prompting some Democrats to fear the state could soon become a long-term Republican stronghold like the rest of the South.

Alone in the region, Arkansas has remained reliably Democratic over the years. But President Obama’s deep unpopularity has severely hampered Democratic candidates in the midterm election.

Polls show Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln is trailing in her re-election bid and that Republicans could win three of the state’s four House seats. With Arkansas voters becoming increasingly like the Republican electorate nationwide, state Republican leaders believe the party should be able to hold any seats it wins this November.

SOCIAL SECURITY

Paul: eligibility age may need raising

LOUISVILLE, Ky. | U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul said Sunday the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare may need to be raised for future recipients.

But Mr. Paul, speaking during the first televised debate of the general election season with Democratic opponent Jack Conway, said he doesn’t want to change those benefits for older people already receiving them. The debate was aired on Fox News Channel.

“But we do have to admit that we have the baby boom generation getting ready to retire, and we’re going to double the amount of retirees,” he said. “And to put our head in the sand and just say we’re just going to keep borrowing more money is not going to work. There will have to be changes for the younger generation.”

Major issues of the race thus far have revolved around spending and taxes.

Mr. Paul has become a favorite of the “tea party” with his positions on smaller government and a balanced budget. Mr. Conway has also appealed to tea party supporters, describing himself as a fiscally responsible Democrat who understands why voters are frustrated about rising federal spending.

CONNECTICUT

National Democrats bash McMahon in ad

HARTFORD | National Democrats have begun airing a TV ad attacking the business record of the Republican candidate for Connecticut’s U.S. Senate seat, accusing former professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon of being “a bad CEO.”

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