BREAKING NEWS : Man in critical condition after shooting in Fort Wayne Full Story

Republicans' 2018 talks 'grounded in reality' at Camp David

Republican leaders left Camp David this weekend after a "constructive" discussion about the 2018 elections that was "...

Posted: Jan 9, 2018 1:24 AM
Updated: Jan 9, 2018 1:24 AM

Republican leaders left Camp David this weekend after a "constructive" discussion about the 2018 elections that was "grounded in reality," according to source familiar with the talks, as Republican leaders begin crafting their pitch for the first midterms of the Trump administration.

At the weekend retreat, it was made clear that Republicans are in a very difficult spot heading into 2018. Part of that -- as emphasized by the presentations at the summit -- has to do with simple history, according to another source. In both 1994 and 2010, for example, the first term President's party faced stiff midterm headwinds and suffered significant losses.

Republicans held 'constructive' talks about the 2018 midterms this weekend

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy drew comparisons between 2018 and 2010

But among Republicans, there was also a recognition of the acute danger presented by current polling and unique forces facing the party this year specifically -- something that President Donald Trump told those assembled had more to do with their inability to sell what he perceives as the administration's successes than anything else.

At Camp David, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy referenced his experience as one of the architects of the 2010 House GOP takeover, and drew parallels between that year and 2018. The California Republican, however, noted that Republicans are better positioned to preserve their majorities because they recognize the potential problems and have time to create an action plan, now, before he said it's too late.

McCarthy touted on Monday's "Fox & Friends" Republicans' accomplishments -- citing their tax legislation, regulatory rollback and judicial confirmations -- as he struck a publicly optimistic tone about the 2018 elections.

"We start right where we left off, the beginning of the tax reform, the (regulatory) reform, the VA reform that we did. That was the start of America's comeback. Now 2018, you want to complete that job" McCarthy said. "You can't just quickly move past tax reform."

The House majority leader then ticked off a list of policy goals, and seemed to suggest that some type of welfare reform could be in Republicans' plans in the new year. "What we want to do is build from there, more economic growth. You've got unemployment at (a) 17-year low, so we are going to have problem with making sure we get enough people into the workforce, able-bodies and others, how can we help from training and others."

He continued: "Infrastructure, we have to make sure that we are rebuilding America as America continues to grow. We look at the opioid epidemic across the country, we have to be able to solve that. Then most importantly rebuilding our military, it's been devastated by the cuts that have gone through on the Obama administration, as you saw."

Strategically speaking, Republicans left Camp David planning a mix of a major fundraising blitzes, the selling of the tax and regulatory actions already taken, and a careful utilization of the president.

"Nobody was of the mind to out and out tell the President what he can or cannot do," the source said.

Still, it was tacitly acknowledged over the weekend by those in attendance that there will be races where the President's fundraising efforts would be more valuable than in-person campaign visits, according to one source.

"We need to tailor our efforts to the districts and states," the source said. "That was a key -- and obvious -- point."

Nevertheless, snapshots of national political trends heading into 2018 show Republicans have their work cut out for them.

In a CNN poll from late December, 56% of registered voters say they favor a Democrat in their congressional district, while 38% prefer a Republican. That 18-point edge is the widest Democrats have held in CNN polling on the 2018 contests, and the largest at this point in midterm election cycles dating back two decades. The finding follows several other public polls showing large double-digit leads for Democrats on similar questions.

Additionally, Trump's favorability rating remains deep underwater -- 36% hold a positive view, 60% a negative one.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 76522

Reported Deaths: 3086
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion16194731
Lake7742281
Elkhart495586
Allen4040163
St. Joseph361083
Hamilton2887104
Vanderburgh205313
Hendricks1943108
Cass18069
Johnson1794119
Porter136239
Clark130750
Tippecanoe124511
Madison103066
LaPorte93530
Howard92065
Kosciusko87212
Floyd82249
Bartholomew82147
Marshall79423
Monroe76732
Delaware76052
Vigo71411
Dubois71312
Boone69746
Noble69029
Hancock68839
Jackson5975
Warrick58830
Shelby56828
LaGrange56610
Grant53130
Dearborn51628
Morgan48934
Clinton4504
Henry41820
Wayne38810
White37711
Montgomery36021
Lawrence35727
Harrison35224
Decatur34232
Putnam3218
Daviess27920
Miami2772
Scott27310
Jasper2572
Greene25434
Franklin24715
DeKalb2384
Gibson2334
Jennings22812
Steuben2153
Ripley2138
Carroll2003
Fayette1957
Perry18713
Posey1800
Starke1807
Orange17824
Wells1782
Fulton1732
Wabash1715
Jefferson1662
Knox1640
Whitley1566
Tipton14912
Washington1441
Sullivan1411
Spencer1393
Clay1315
Huntington1273
Randolph1274
Newton12110
Adams1172
Owen1051
Jay920
Rush894
Pulaski821
Fountain762
Brown752
Blackford662
Ohio656
Benton640
Pike620
Vermillion590
Parke551
Switzerland530
Martin500
Crawford450
Union410
Warren241
Unassigned0208

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 104248

Reported Deaths: 3734
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin18965531
Cuyahoga13869512
Hamilton9844259
Lucas5512326
Montgomery448998
Summit3667224
Butler303364
Marion294245
Mahoning2623256
Pickaway240042
Stark1904142
Warren185039
Lorain183177
Columbiana168360
Trumbull1563110
Fairfield143232
Delaware136519
Licking134551
Clark121315
Lake114642
Wood109058
Clermont96211
Medina95936
Miami86839
Tuscarawas79714
Allen79446
Portage77664
Greene73012
Mercer64113
Belmont62726
Richland61912
Erie61028
Ashtabula57746
Geauga56144
Wayne55459
Ross5094
Madison50310
Darke41429
Huron4115
Ottawa40426
Sandusky39917
Hancock3973
Athens3612
Holmes3316
Lawrence3180
Auglaize2756
Union2731
Scioto2591
Muskingum2481
Jefferson2403
Seneca2344
Shelby2154
Knox2147
Preble2122
Putnam21217
Washington21122
Coshocton1967
Champaign1882
Morrow1792
Crawford1775
Hardin17512
Clinton1716
Highland1692
Logan1672
Ashland1553
Fulton1551
Defiance1544
Wyandot1519
Brown1502
Perry1483
Williams1373
Fayette1240
Henry1222
Hocking1229
Guernsey1197
Carroll1135
Monroe9418
Pike800
Jackson770
Gallia741
Van Wert732
Paulding700
Adams642
Meigs580
Vinton322
Morgan300
Harrison261
Noble170
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 66°
Angola
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 63°
Huntington
Broken Clouds
63° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 63°
Decatur
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 64°
Van Wert
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 64°
Storm Chances Friday
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events