- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 19, 2010

SENATE

Republican warns of GOP death

One of the GOP’s most conservative senators and a “tea party” favorite, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, says the Republican Party will be “dead” if it fails to live up to its principles again.

Mr. DeMint has been critical of Republicans who he contends have not lived up to conservative values of limited government. He has long argued that when Republicans controlled Congress during the Bush administration, they spent and borrowed too much.

Amid predictions that the GOP will regain control of the House, Mr. DeMint says that if GOP lawmakers don’t do what they say they’ll do, if they are in the majority, in his words, “the Republican Party’s dead.”

Mr. DeMint made his comments in an interview aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

MISSOURI

Democrats wage ‘military campaigns’

JEFFERSON CITY | - Some longtime Democratic incumbents are waging pro-military campaigns to defend their seats in Congress.

Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton could be considered the general of the pro-military campaign. The House Armed Services Committee chairman features testimonials from the parents of deployed troops in his TV ads. And his campaign fliers declare him “A Soldier’s Congressman.”

It might seem an odd tactic at a time when most candidates are focused on issues such as the weak economy.

But for embattled Democrats in conservative districts, the military theme is a way to keep the political battle on their home turf - and away from the broader approval or disapproval of President Obama and the Democrat-led Congress.

NEW YORK

Cuomo launches bipartisan campaign

ALBANY | Democrat Andrew Cuomo is launching a bipartisan drive for his campaign for governor as the party continues to attack Republican Carl Paladino, suggesting Mr. Cuomo’s opponent is crazy.

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