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have a great week. that's it for now. this week on the journal editorial report with mid terms just over a week away, a look at what could make or break republican hopes for a wave election. running away from an unpopular president but can the gop bank on an obama backlash. can the clintons, bill and hillary, save the day for some struggling candidates. and national security is taking center stage in some key races. will it republicans come election day? welcome to the journal editorial report.
well, they can run but president obama isn't letting them hide. with just over a week to go until election day vulnerable democrats are trying to distance themselves from the unpopular president in his policies. a task mr. obama made more difficult this week when he told the reverend al sharpton in a radio interview that these candidates are all his allies in congress. >> the bottom line is these are all folks who vote with me. they have supported my agenda in congress. so this isn't about my feelings being hurt. these are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me and i tell them, i said, you know what, you do what you need to win, i will be responsible for making sure our voters turn out. >> joining the panel this week wall street journal columnist and deputy header. and kim strasle and jason riley, author of the new book, "please
stop helping us, how liberals make it harder for blacks to succeed." so jason is president obama the single biggest liability for democrats this election year? >> in some ways he's a liability. but it depends on the race. i mean, the reason president obama is on al sharpton's show is because the democratic party has a problem because he's not on the ticket. if you're in georgia and trying to distance yourself from obama but need black voters to come out to the polls, you have got a dilemma and that's what the democratic senator has. if you're in new hampshire, the black vote has lost importance there. president obama might be working for you. obama is trying to give cover to the democrats so they can do what they think they need to do. >> is he helping them by saying look to everybody -- i know he did it on sharp torn's show.
hey, these guys are my allies. they voted for me. will it help in arkansas? >> it might help in arkansas. >> really? >> to the extent you need the black voters out to win, it's going to help. he has to get that base out. it's a mid-term election. black voters typically skip mid term elections. if they skip this one, democrats are in trouble. he's figuring the people i have lost, i have lost them. so let's figure on people who have not normally come out to a mid term election. >> what do you think? >> think they're triering to draw it to an inside straight. the deck is stacked against them. he told a black talk show radio host that some folks don't even know there's a mid term election. the democrats said they did not ask him to go on al sharpton and make this statement about how tight he was with all the
candidates. the associated press poll came out and the level of enthusiasm for the president is 9%. so i think it is the president and his policies and there's a reason why they're trying to run away from him. >> you know, donna brazil recently said she thought democrats who run away from the president are making a mistake for the reason jason suggested because they're going to need that base turnout, single women and so on to win. to don't run away from the president, embrace him. smart strategy? >> no. not. i'm going to be a lot more aggressive on this. the single biggest problem democrats have right now is barack obama. here's another way to look at the senate races. every race in which a republican is winning or looks poised that is a race that is about obama and how those candidates have supported those policies.
the few races where the republicans are having a bit of trouble are the ones like georgia or kansas where the main issue has remained the republicanen in the race, and some problems they have had. so in georgia for instance david perdu made some outsourcing problems and pat robins and his residency in the state. the president is so unpopular, the democrats are in trouble. >> let's take a look at one of the races where it shows how republicans are trying to nationalize the race around obama. >> obama care. $700 billion of medicare cuts. nick rahal voted with obama for all of it. now obama says. >> i'm not on the ballad this fall. but make no mistake those policies are on the ballad. >> a vote for nick rahal is a vote for the obama agenda.
>> that's a west virginia congressman. do you think that's an effective ad? >> yes. very effective. because obama has always been more popular than his policies. >> personally. >> yes. but that's been falling of late. now they're not too far apart. for him to talk about his policies this way i think it has democratic strategists cringing. >> well his approval nationally is at 40%. usually when it gets down there, a party gets nervous. in a lot of the states he's below 35% in places like arkansas. i think the democrats are extremely nervous. their base is depressed. they're back on their heels. unless they can produce turnout they have no chance. >> this reminds me of what happened to republicans in 2006 with george w. bush. they couldn't win and had no
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. some are calling them the democrat secret weapon this election season. can the clintons give struggling candidates the boost that president obama cannot? in kentucky democratic senate challenger allison grimes made news when she refused to say whether she voted if mr. obama but only too happy to welcome bill clinton on the back for the third time calling herself a clinton democrat. hoping this plug from the former president can push her past senate nor majority leader mitch mcconnell in the weeks. >> what's being a senator about
anyway? one candidate believes it's about getting new and good jobs and giving the middle class people a chance to give our kids a decent life. nobody can tell me us not a senat senator's job not to create jobs. i choose allison to do what's right for you. allison for senate. >> kim, seems like old home week here watching bill clinton on the. >> flashback. >> is it true the clintons are better political assets for democrats than the president this year? >> i think this white house would like to think that. if you go down and look at where the clintons have been putting most of their efforts, places like kentucky, north carolina, arkansas, home state for the clintons, they're not moving the dial which is interesting. they're supposed to be down there convincing clinton democrats, and here's why i think it's not working.
the person who summed this up, tom cotton, the republican running for the senator down in arkansas came out and said, i'm not worried that the clinton support mark pryor, who is the democrat incumbent. he said i'm worried he supports obama. they don't seem to be getting effort out there. >> this week, new york, then she went to minnesota and rhode island and then we got massachusetts, maine, north carolina, back to new york and new hampshire. some of those are key races but some look like safe races. is this the hillary clinton primary campaign starting for 2016 or is this really going to help democrats this year? >> i would say the former, paul. this is the clintons. that means it's all about them. and they got it looks like an election run in 2016. i think they're taking the
opportunity to go out and collect chips, produce favors for the local democratic party leadsers who will owe them in 2016. more importantly though, the democratic left still does north like the clintons. i think they're trying to put the left in check mate. make that 2016 nomination a done deal. you got to play ball with us because we have run up so much support inside the democratic party. that's what's going on here. >> the elizabeth warren preefngs. >> yeah. >> but they outrun elizabeth. >> i think they are an asset to the democrats. they're hugely popular. after obama they're the biggest fundraisers for the party. they remind americans of better times, peace, prosperity, relative to what we have now. >> let's not forget the recent troubles and movement harking back to the golden days. >> whether or not it's working i think depends on the race.
democrats have largely given up on ten congrekentucky and now b race. and arkansas hasn't moved the needle much. but still a couple weeks left. remember, bill clinton on the did this for mark pryor in 2002. a lot was about the black vote. he's there trying to get that base out that typically stays home during mid term election. >> here's a political question for you. can you be a clinton democrat without being an obama democrat? is there such a thing? >> i mean, that goes back to the cotton comment. at the moment i think anyone in the democratic party is having a difficult time convincing a lot of voters that this party is anybody barack obama's. and watching the hillary tour, i would imagine there has to be concern within her camp that she's not resonating with some
of these people that supposed to be her bread and butter. the white working class. these are the people they need to be convincing this year to come out and vote. in those states, southern states in particular, that's not working. >> what about the separation? can you say, you know, i'm not really an obama democrat, i'm a clinton democrat? it would seem to be a preposterous idea which is why grimes doesn't want to admit she voted for obama even though she probably did. >> they're in a tough spot. this is the party of obama now. as we saw him say, make no mistake about it, this is about my policies. that's true. if they lose big time in this election, then it will be because the party of barack obama and hillary has to somehow thread the needle between that in the center which the democratic party doesn't occupy anymore. >> thank you. when we come back, from lone
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well from new ebola worries to lone wolf terror attacks. national security issues returning to the campaign trail and hoping to give them the edge in key elections coming day. in the recent admissions missing an armed services hearing on terror threats has rendered tom tillis fresh am knew mission. >> in january president obama refers to the islamic state as a jv team. a hearing on new global threats.
senator kay hagen, absent. he's missed over half them this year. hagen admits she prioritized a cocktail party. obama did nothing. senator hagen did cocktails. >> we're back with dan and kim on the wall street george editorial board and matt also joins the panel. matt, for the first time since 2004 the national security hawk issue is back playing in the campaign. is that how you see it? >> absolutely. you saw it with scott brown in new hampshire who was the first republican to start running ads about president obama's policies in syria and closed the gap with the democratic incumbent. i think this growing anxiety and pictures of isis rolling through iraq, just bad news adds to the
anxiety and problems for the democrats this cycle. >> kim, let me ask you about ebola, too. is that playing into this now that we have another ebola case this time in new york city? how is that playing into the security debate? >> what you see happening out there in race after race is a growing number of senators who came out initially and said they agreed with the president for instance on his policy of not instituting a travel ban. now as they see the fallout that administration is getting among the public that does not seem to believe that the white house is handling this very well, they are all running to distance themselves. you have had senate candidate after senate candidate reversing itself calling on the administrn saying they should institute a ban. that is also playing in the race quite strongly. >> democrats say this is all just republicans trying to raise the anxiety level and it's not
fair and relevant. >> yeah. let's see if we can understand something. the republicans aren't making this stuff up are they? they didn't create islamic state as an issue. they didn't create ebola. they didn't create ukraine. okay. it's all very real. the reason i think they're having a problem has a lot to do with president obama's way of handling these crises. he doesn't react to them until they have built into a crisis. didn't do anything in ukraine. islamic state, he reacted after t they were up on the mountain and two beheadings. ebola, they were running from behind as well. you get a crisis in people's faces all the time and it looks as though administration is always behind the ball. that is what is creating the anxiety. the president's reluctance to address the issues before they build into a crisis. >> matt, our democratic argument is you can't cold hagen
responsible. they don't have anything to do with iraq policy. they're saying we're just as tough on isis as the republicans. what's your response to that? >> i think the reason why this is working and it really is working is that it plays to legitimate anxieties obviously. buff it plays to a growing distrust of how a democratic led government has performed over the last six years under president obama. a president these candidates have supported. a trust in government is again at all-time holows. you had the ebola and the scandal at the veteran's administration and irs. it's one thing after another. you have seen these stories become localized these national stories. for example, the story about this dr. eric spencer in new york came down with ebola. he happens to be from detroit
where i am right now. it was the lead story here about how a guy from here has come down with this disease. >> kim, you know, about a decade ago when president bush was in office people talked about the security moms issue and that security had become a republican advantage among women and usually women vote democratic for the most part, by a majority. is that issue cutting now security issue back again? is the security issue working with women for republicans. >> i think you see two things. the numbers have once tend to b viewed more favorably in handling foreign policy. but those numbers have increased in recent polls. but the fact that democrats are not winning by enormous margins on women, that those are quite small probably plays into this. one quick thing about your question to matt. one reason these adds are
proving effective is because they're pointing out democrat-specific failures to attend hearings. >> good point. hearings in their own role. >> good point. one more break. when we come back, hits and misses of the week. help. smart sarah. seeking guidance. just like with your investments. that sets you apart. it does? it does. you're type e*. and seeking another perspective is what type e*s do. oh, and your next handhold... is there. you don't have to go it alone. e*trade gives you the support and guidance to make informed decisions. are you type e*?
time now for hits and misses of the week. jason, start us off. >> a miss for democratic governor andrew cuomo who refused to debate his republican challenge of rob as treen know. finally agreed to a debate but insisted two other minor candidates be involved and the debate had to be held during world series game number two. how is that for a political profile? >> matthew? paul, michigan governor rick schneider did a good job of restoring investor confidence in
the state but signed a bill making it virtually impossible for tesla who makes the electronic car to sell directly to customers. he says he's bowing to the lobby of car dealerships very powerful in his state and one victory for the middle man here. >> loser for consumers. dan. >> paul, we have talked about the occasional national pickets against mcdonald's they want to raise the minimum wage. mcdonald's reported a 5% drop in its revenue across the globe. franchisers are saying we got to do something like this. what they think they're going to do is go to automation. amiss tos the minimum wage which they would like to raise to $15 because the only people are going to be robots. >> get ready to talk to nobody.
be sure to tweet us at foxnews.com. that's it. thanks to my panel and for all of you watching. be sure to join us as we count down to the mid term elections. ebola in america now sparking a war of words. new jersey governor chris christie defending his state's new guidelines to keep residents safe despite criticism from one health care worker who claims authorities treated her like a criminal. welcome to america's news headquarters. new jersey is one of three states rolling out a mandatory 21-day quarantine affecting travelers who had contact with ebola patients in west africa. the first person quarantined under the new rule is a nurse