Political Junkie

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Twenty-nine senators, Democratic and Republican, are up for reelection in November, and there are six open senate seats. On today's edition of The Political Junkie, we'll talk about some of those races. Who has a chance? Which are close? And we want to hear from you. Tell us about the senate race in your state. Who is running? Have you thrown your support behind a candidate? We've watched a number of ads from the DSCC and the NRSC. Have you seen them in your town?



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Senator Gordon Smith is still polling under 50%, bad news for a two-term incumbent. Sen. Smith is trying his best to appear as a moderate, most recently by voting in support of a climate change bill that he knew had no chance of passing.

Oregonians are not going to be fooled by Sen. Smith's recent conversion.

Sent by Ryan Talbott | 2:21 PM | 6-18-2008

Does Al Franken's background on SNL doom him in Minnesota? Or is Coleman sufficiently unpopular because of his backing of Bush?d And will Jessie Ventura enter the race

Sent by Corey Langer | 2:25 PM | 6-18-2008

Mark Udall, Tom Udall, and Gordon Smith are running for U.S. Senate, all on different sides of the political divide. Your thoughts?

Sent by Kurt | 2:35 PM | 6-18-2008

I have a critique on TOTN's flow and style. Some of the arcane trivia on ancient political races serves what purpose? I feel it slows down the show. Neil Conan gets a little prickly when callers seek to correct him or his guests. Be a little more accepting. Ken Rudin's joke about the assassination of President Lincoln was not funny. If joking about the current candidates' safety is not amusing, then so are jokes about past violent actions against our nation's chief executives. Lastly, the sarcastic banter between Neil Conan and Ken Rudin is just not too funny.

Sent by James | 2:40 PM | 6-18-2008

I'm sorry but that Lincoln joke Ken told today has to be one of the most tasteless things I've ever heard.

Sent by Sam Smith | 2:47 PM | 6-18-2008

MN could be even more interesting based on a KSTP/SurveyUSA poll and a Rasmussen poll both showing that in a 3-person race, former Gov. Ventura (who's not officially in the race) would get ~24%.

Sent by Ben Thome | 2:55 PM | 6-18-2008

A second comment: I was born in and have lived in Boulder County, Colorado almost all of my life (40+ years), and I can think of no one better to represent me and my family in the U.S. Senate than Mark Udall. He is definitely not a "Boulder liberal" in the Fox News definition, as Dick Wadhams (Republican challenger Bob Schaffer's campaign manager, Rove protege, and last director of the "Macaca" George Allen campaign) likes to claim. Mt. McKinley Bob Schaffer doesn't even know his own Colorado Mountains, yet he (and his Texas oil buddies like Bush and Cheney) claim to be Western American and represent us. Sorry, that's just like the current president -- all hat, no cattle (see Johnson County War in Wyoming in the 1890s to see how robber barons and the U.S. government went after the middle class, like the gas & oil boys want to do now here in the Rocky Mountain West, the shores of the U.S., and Alaska).
Mark knows his roots, wears cowboys boots at times (as I do), and talks to folks across the political spectrum by walking the district . . . even out here in the west, where distances are great. I've known Mark for over 10 years to this point, and he never forgets to ask about my staunch Republican father and my pre-10 kids (by name), and he is the only member of Congress to have made an attempt on Mt. Everest ... now that's a mountain man and good representative of Colorado! Thanks.

Sent by kurt | 2:59 PM | 6-18-2008

Lincoln vs. Douglas correct - Nixon/Lodge vs. Kennedy/Johnson - JFK beat Henry Cabot Lodge for senate in 1952 - to the 2 "tickets" ran against each other.-- to political junkie

Sent by Guy Long | 3:01 PM | 6-18-2008

Ken Rudin: You said that McCain disagreed with Bush's position on the torture of enemy combatants. Yes, he objected initially, but then he supported Bush by VOTING NO against the torture ban. Please tell the whole story and don't be sloppy with your facts. McCain's "straight talk" on this issue turned into a "flip flop"....He was against torture before he voted for torture. If I wanted shaded truth I will watch Fox News.

Sent by Aaron Kirkemo, M.D. | 3:07 PM | 6-18-2008

I really think the high gas prices are being used to break the protection of the set aside areas... it's only 6 months until the two oil men are out of the white house and it's up to them to save their buddies and get the protected areas open for drilling. This is absolutely unrealistic, added refining is not being proposed, added distribution is not being proposed - they just want access and they need to get it done soon!

Sent by Charlene Busk | 12:09 AM | 6-19-2008

For the first time in 24 years, John Kerry has an opponent in the PRIMARY!!! In the bluest of the blue states, the trickle down from the Presidential primary is showing. Interestingly enough, his primary opponent, Ed O'Reilly (who looks like a Kennedy) is actually more progressive than Kerry.

Sent by Ellen Lincourt | 8:51 AM | 6-19-2008

sorry but that Lincoln joke Ken told today has to be one of the most tasteless things I've ever heard.

Sent by Sam Smith | 2:47 PM ET | 06-18-2008
i have to agree. it was third grade. this nation and the world is in for some rough times ahead. whatever poltical ilk has some control over it's destiny is going to find it a tough row to hoe.

Sent by constant comment | 11:22 PM | 6-19-2008