Senate Democrats Gather Votes On Finance Bill
RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
We're joined, now, by NPR's Cokie Roberts. Good morning.
COKIE ROBERTS: Good morning, Renee.
MONTAGNE: What is likely to happen when the Senate takes up that financial overhaul bill?
ROBERTS: And they're getting more ammunition from the president's own deficit commission that was talking over the weekend to the National Governors Association, warning that the national debt is a cancer on the society and, you know, this makes it really hard for Democrats to pass anything that's going to cost any money.
MONTAGNE: And, Cokie, yesterday, White House aides fanned out across the Sunday talk shows to defend the president. Public opinion polls over the last few weeks have shown Mr. Obama losing ground among that really key group, independent voters.
ROBERTS: And that's losing enormous amounts of ground among Independents. And that had the president's own spokesman, Robert Gibbs, warning that the Democrats could lose the House of Representatives. Here he is on NBC's "Meet the Press."
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ROBERT GIBBS: I think there's no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control. There's no doubt about that.
ROBERTS: It was the president's advisors, his political advisors, and they are trying to get out the message that there's a real problem here. And what they're really trying to do is to energize that group of people who came out in 2008 and voted for President Obama, put him over the top. And that means young people, it means women, it means minorities and it does mean independents, and at the moment, that is a tremendous problem for them.
MONTAGNE: Cokie, very briefly, Republicans see a number of issues that could help them in November - immigration, one them. Do you think they're right?
ROBERTS: They could be right in the short term. It's a tough issue for them in the long term, but the administration has, as you know, filed suit against the Arizona law and says they might file yet another one if that law results in racial profiling. So, they're trying to energize the Hispanic vote.
MONTAGNE: NPR news analyst Cokie Roberts. Thanks very much.
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