Armed Services Dem Praises Hagel Vote

A Democratic member of the Senate Armed Services Committee is singing the praises of Tuesday’s vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. After a lengthy filibuster mounted against Hagel by his fellow Republicans, the Senate voted to confirm the former Nebraska senator to head up the Pentagon on a 58-41 vote. The filibuster of the Hagel nomination was the first filibuster of a defense secretary in U.S. history. Just a handful of Republicans joined all Democrats to vote in favor of Hagel. “Chuck Hagel is a man who valiantly defended our country in Vietnam and will bring proven leadership skills and a strong record of service to the Pentagon. I am pleased that the Senate confirmed his nomination … Continue reading

Pollsters Suggest New Line Of Attack Against Mitt Romney

Even as the battle over Mitt Romney’s tenure at the head of a private-equity firm rages on, a group of Democratic pollsters say they’ve identified another potent line of attack for President Obama and other Democrats to use against the presidential candidate and his fellow Republicans. Leaders from the Greenberg Quinlan Rosner polling organization briefed reporters Monday about the results of their most recent survey and focus groups, which find deep opposition to the conservative federal budget plan put forward by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and subsequently embraced by Romney in his White House bid. At the outset, the Ryan budget (described in Ryan’s own language) barely garners majority support, the pollsters say.  And voters raise serious doubts when they hear about proposed … Continue reading