President Trump Admits His 'Tone' Could Have Been 'Softer'

Jeannie Matthews
November 6, 2018

Without it, Trump's hand would be considerably weaker.

Trump's approval rating is also a concern for Republicans. While the fight to regain control of the Senate, largely playing out in conservative states, may prove out of reach for Democrats, the party has been buoyed by its ability to run competitively in Republican-leaning states such as Texas and Tennessee. What 6 November will tell us is this: Do more people wooed by Trump's fiery rhetoric on immigration turn up to vote or has he also succeeded in angering more immigration moderates to vote against him?

Democrats, sensing an opportunity to regain control of the House of Representatives, have been aggressively beating the health-care drum, promising to defend health coverage for pre-existing conditions from what they predict will be a renewed Republican assault on the Affordable Care Act.

"What the president is doing is driving away the independent voter, swing voters and a lot of moderate Republican voters", predicted Sen. "Look, it's no fun to be in perpetual minority, I can tell you that", he says. Speaking to reporters as he left the White House en route to his rallies, Trump seemed to dampen expectations for his party in the House.

Tuesday's results will be colored by the dramatically different landscapes in the fight for the House and Senate.

"If you do see a turn against Democrats in Midwestern states such as in and Missouri, I think it is fair to say that the Republicans who are winning in those places are probably going to be more critical of trade, whereas the Democrats in those states are going to be a more centrist wing of the Democratic party", Hurl explained.

GOP leaders say the president is running on more than just immigration. They have come a long way in messaging.

What if Republicans keep the House?

Most polls indicate Republicans will maintain control of the Senate and possibly increase their 51-49 majority while losing the House. Senate Republicans can continue to confirm judges at record rates.

As in 2016, Democrats are more outspoken about how they're going to vote in the upcoming elections than Republicans and unaffiliated voters are, Rasmussen found.

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But unlike Pakistan, members in the house are elected for a period of two years, after which the seats are once again up for grabs.

"The midterm elections used to be, like, boring", he said in Ohio. "We are not going to stand for it".

Most Republicans admit the best-case scenario is keeping the losses to a minimum. Wagner served four years in the state Senate before resigning in June. But a healthy economy favors the incumbent - and the USA economy has been growing with rare vigor.

The approach has drawn a push back from some in his party, with Paul Ryan, the top Republican in the House, reportedly urging Mr Trump to focus more on the booming U.S. economy, which has surpassed 3 per cent growth. "And think before anything else we have to get tomorrow over with". I don't want tariffs.

"Things are pretty good, yet we have all this division and we have this president who's relatively unpopular, so we have this unusual juxtaposition", said Kent State politics professor Michael Ensley, citing Trump's poor approval ratings despite a rollicking USA economy and the absence of any major foreign-policy challenges.

Trump, without control of Congress, could decide to triangulate. Republicans are now behind by 8.5 percent. Not to mention he has never hesitated to throw an ally under the bus, says Doug Heye, the former communications director for the RNC. He said Democrats encouraged chaos at the borders because it was good politics.

The Democrats Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum, African American candidates for governor in Georgia and Florida respectively, have emphasised healthcare expansion probably more than any other issue - rather than getting into racially charged brawls with Trump. Let's see what happens, ' Trump said.

The Sinclair Broadcast Groups's Scott Thurman asked Trump if he had any regrets about his first two years in office. "And that becomes the overriding goal".

In the House, Democrats have candidates in 20 of the 21 open Republican seats, while the GOP has challengers in just 5 of the 12 Democratic openings.

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