Five weeks: It’s an eternity in the world of politics

September 22, 2010

By Christopher Doering

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Five weeks:  It may not be a lot of time for many people, but with the pivotal mid-term elections looming on Nov. 2 Delaware Senator Tom Carper said five weeks is an eternity for Democrats to use to turn the tide in their favor.

“Today, five weeks a lot happens. A lot of minds change in five weeks,” Carper, a self-proclaimed “optimist”, told the Reuters Washington Summit.

“What we have to do is to be able to remind people if there is some good news here in the next five weeks of what that is and get people to focus on the future.”

Carper, a former Delaware governor, said there is a slew of economic data coming out between now and the election that Democrats could embrace. He pointed to another unemployment report next week, and several more weekly jobless claims.

“If the election were held today we’d lose seats in the House, I don’t know if we’d lose the house,” the Democrat said. “We’d lose seats in the Senate. That usually happens in the off year election.”

Carper is up for reelection in 2012.

Photo credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (U.S. Senator for Delaware Tom Carper speaks during the Reuters Washington Summit September 22, 2010.)

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