August 23, 2010

THE CAMPAIGN ADS WRITE THEMSELVES:

Calif. GOP hopes statewide slate lifts others, too (JULIET WILLIAMS, 8/22/10, Associated Press)

[I]t's far from clear whether voters in California, where Democrats have a nearly 15-point voter registration advantage, will see the same glitter the GOP faithful perceive.

Their candidates have been pushing for smaller government, fewer regulations on businesses and lower taxes. Democrats have countered that the Republican Party is just promoting what it always has — a pro-business agenda that punishes the middle class and working class.

Despite their registration edge, the top Democratic candidates are working hard to retain the middle-of-the-road voters who have helped the party dominate statewide elections over the past two decades.

Republicans were buoyed at their weekend meeting in San Diego by appearances from their top candidates, gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman, the former chief executive of eBay, and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who is challenging Sen. Barbara Boxer, a liberal stalwart reviled by conservatives.

Now that their candidates are through contentious primaries, some delegates are hoping they can successfully sway those centrist voters who will be key to a November win.

"Both of them are going to have to reach out to the Latinos, independents and the decline-to-states because we need those votes," said Alice Anderson, of Dana Point. "We're hoping those people will think as we do and realize what a good team we have right now."


"Why, yes, we are the party that has been advocating less government, lower taxes, and fewer regulations even as Democrats have done the opposite and driven the decline of the once Golden State for twenty years...."

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Posted by Orrin Judd at August 23, 2010 6:40 AM
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