Dean: "Do you want more of the same, or do you want real change?"
by Tracy Joan, Mon May 08, 2006 at 09:44:44 AM EDT
On Tuesday, Nebraska and West Virginia hold their primary elections. Friday marks the last day of the candidate filing period in Florida and Nevada. This weekend Utah, Minnesota and Illinois host district and state conventions. The 2006 election season is in full swing and Democrats are ready.
Governor Howard Dean said it best this weekend on ABC's "This Week":
"We want real change in this country, and that's the central election issue. Do you want more of the same, or do you want real change? Because the Democrats are ready to lead again."
The Washington Post reported last week that the President and the Republican Congress are falling out of favor with the American people:
An Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Friday found that 33 percent of the public approves of Bush's job performance, the lowest rating of his presidency. And only 25 percent approves of the job Congress is doing, a figure comparable to congressional approval ratings before the 1994 elections that swept Republicans to power.
The AP-Ipsos poll found that 51 percent of Americans say they want Democrats rather than Republicans to control Congress. Only 34 percent favor Republican control.
According to that same article, as many as "52 seats [are] "unsafe," 40 of them Republican, 12 of them Democratic."
Democrats are ready - with an aggressive plan to fight in districts across America. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has highlighted their Frontline Democrats - incumbents who face the most serious challenges, as well as 22 candidates in the Red-to-Blue program, which identifies targeted districts and promising candidates. Co-chair, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz talked about the program when it was launched:
"We're trying to use as many arrows in our quiver as we can to help ensure that we can take this country in a new direction." We have to win 15 seats. We're going to have to be very focused, very driven."
Democrats are ready for November's elections. Seven months before Election Day, Democrats are organizing. The 50 State Canvass, saw thousands of volunteers going door to door to talk with their friends and neighbors about the Democratic Vision for America:
1. Honest Leadership and Open Government
We will end the Republican culture of corruption and restore a government as good as the people it serves.
2. Real Security
We will protect Americans at home and lead the world by telling the truth to our troops, our citizens and our allies.
3. Energy Independence
We will create a cleaner and stronger America by reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
4. Economic Prosperity and Educational Excellence
We will create jobs that will stay in America by restoring opportunity and driving innovation.
5. A Healthcare System that Works for Everyone
We will join 36 other industrialized nations by making sure everyone has access to affordable health care.
6. Retirement Security
We will ensure that a retirement with dignity is the right and expectation of every single American.
Real change, honest leadership, bold solutions - these are the things that Democrats bring to the table. We can take our country back, and we are ready to lead. House Democrats have a plan:
"A Democratic House would quickly vote to raise the minimum wage for the first time since 1997. It would roll back a provision in the Republicans' Medicare prescription drug benefit that prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from negotiating prices for drugs offered under the program.
It would vote to fully implement the recommendations of the bipartisan panel convened to shore up homeland security after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Democratic leaders said.
And it would reinstate lapsed rules that say any tax cuts or spending increases have to be offset by spending cuts or tax increases to prevent the federal deficit from growing."
Republicans are running scared, fearing a Democratic Congress with the power to investigate the widespread corruption, the warrentless wiretapping and false and misleading prewar intelligence.
Republicans haven't offered answers, they've offered up weak rhetoric that has left Americans without the solutions to some of our biggest challenges.
Democrats have the power to take back Congress in 2006. Democrats have the power to win in any district, in any state. That is what the 50 State Strategy is all about. That is why we have people on the ground working to organize and energize Democrats and build the kind of infrastructure that will establish a Democratic majority.
The time for action is now. Together we can change our country. The Neighbor-to-Neighbor Canvass, a million conversations, that's just the beginning of what we can accomplish when we work together.