Battle For Control Of The Senate And Outlook For Midterm Elections

Battle For Control Of The Senate And Outlook For Midterm Elections

A year ago, a Republican National Committee task force issued a biting critique of the party's election failures in 2012. Today, a new battle plan is emerging. The outlook for midterm elections.

With midterm elections just eight months away, Republican strategists have begun to express optimism about the GOP's chances of retaking control of the Senate. They point to President Obama's below-average approval ratings, a still-sluggish economy and the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act. But Democrats argue that their party is more unified -- no Tea Party-type factions to contend with -- and that many Americans still view the GOP as out of touch with the middle class and unconcerned about the poor. Guest host Frank Sesno talks with political strategists and journalists about the outlook for the midterm elections.

Guests

David Winston

Republican strategist, president of the Winston Group and CBS News consultant. He has served as an adviser to the House and Senate Republican leadership for more than a decade.

Stuart Rothenberg

editor and publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report and a twice-a-week columnist for Roll Call.

Anna Greenberg

Democratic pollster and senior vice president of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.

Chris Cillizza

politics blogger at The Fix, The Washington Post, and managing editor, PostPolitics.com; author of "The Gospel According to The Fix."

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