- The Washington Times - Friday, September 19, 2014

With just 45 days until the elections, the House Republicans’ campaign chief said Friday that the increasing prominence of immigration and national security issues has bolstered the GOP’s already-strong position for expanding its majority in Congress.

“There is this welling sense that things are a little out of control,” Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, told reporters at a breakfast interview hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

“When we started this cycle, everybody thought it was just going to be about Obamacare — and it is big about Obamacare because that is dysfunction of government,” said the Oregon Republican. “Now we see a border that is completely not secure and so that’s an issue.”

Mr. Walden said that voters’ dissatisfaction with President Obama and the Democratic Party has deepened in reaction to recent events, as they’ve witnessed the administration struggle with the more than 80,000 unaccompanied illegal alien children expected to arrive in the U.S. this year and the growing threat of the terrorist army in Iraq and Syria that calls itself Islamic State, which is also known by the acronym ISIL or ISIS.

“These all are coming together,” said Mr. Walden. “Whether its people feeling insecure about the border because they see 80,000 kids coming across the border and the federal government seemingly incapable of protecting our borders. They see ISIL taking knives to the throats of journalists and cutting off heads and threatening to come here and do that.”

He said those issues add upon dissatisfaction with Obamacare, the weak economy and concerns about he expanded authority of the Environmental Protection Agency.

“The failure of the federal government to do its job effectively becomes a big issue in this election,” he said. “People just feel like this country is off the tracks and they are going to vote their wallets, they are going to vote their families’ security and they are going to vote Republican.”

The top five issues for voters are the economy, terrorism, illegal immigration, health care and education, according to a CNN/ORC poll last week.

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