Senators Facing ’10 Re-Election Fights Seek Out Voters
Senators up for re-election in 2010 are making this a true district work period, and Thursday was no exception. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, who was appointed in January to replace Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, spoke to voters at a breakfast in Loveland, Colo., according to the Longmont Times-Call. He focused on the financial impact of health care reform in his talk with the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance. Most recently the superintendent of Denver’s public schools, Bennet may face a competitive re-election campaign in 2010.In Anchorage, Alaska, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Republican Conference vice chairwoman, faced about a thousand voters Thursday night, according to KTVA-TV in Anchorage.“Every title of this health care bill we have gone through could be its own stand-alone bill. It’s that detailed, it’s that complex and, ladies and gentlemen, we have got to get it right. We owe it to you to get it right,— she said.Murkowski appears well-positioned for re-election next year, according to analysts and recent polls.South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, the Republican Steering Committee chairman, is also expected to cruise to re-election in 2010. At a Myrtle Beach town hall, he emphasized that the current health care system should be improved, not scrapped, according to the Charlotte Observer.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) scheduled his first telephone town hall but failed to satisfy the GOP opposition in his home state.Nevada Republicans sent around to the 17 GOP county chairmen on Thursday a release showing Reid’s face on a milk carton labeled “Missing,— according to the Las Vegas Sun. Reid expects to speak to 50,000 Nevadans in a conference call on Aug. 28, but Republicans want him to appear in person. Reid, who is up for re-election in 2010, is viewed as potentially vulnerable but has yet to attract a strong opponent. Other Senators up for re-election this cycle also are making themselves available in their home states. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) announced additional public meetings before the Senate returns to session, while Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) moved his upcoming meetings to larger venues.See a list of today’s town halls at Congress.org.