Former Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan's November outlook is precarious. He's challenging freshman GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack in Minnesota's 8th district, which is evenly split territory. But Nolan's backers remain undeterred in his ability to withstand the rigors and dangers of a modern campaign.
"Having the roots in the district that Nolan has is something that transcends time and Twitter," state Democratic Party spokeswoman Megan Jacobs said.
Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) said as long as a Member has the right motivations for seeking a return to public life, adjusting to modern campaigning isn't that painful.
Coats knows something about returning to the campaign trail after an extended absence. He retired from the Senate in 1998 but then mounted a comeback bid in 2010 and won the same Senate seat he had vacated 12 years earlier.
"If your motivation for coming back is just to have the title or just to be here, all the sacrifice, all you have to go through, it ain't worth it," Coats said Tuesday. "If your motivation is because you are so concerned about the future of this country relative to our deficit and you want to be a part of making a difference, then it's worth every sacrifice."
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.