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Who Should Run Congress?

The big stage-setter for the mid-term elections. Democrats on why they should be rehired. Republicans on why Dems should be fired.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. with House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, Jan. 6, 2009. (AP)

Midterm elections are now just eight weeks away: November 2. Control of Congress is on the table – and very much in play. 

Top pollsters say the GOP has a strong chance of winning back the House. But we’re not looking at polls this hour.  We’re looking at arguments — fundamental arguments — with top players from each party, and savvy cultural and political observers. Norm Ornstein is with us. Dick Cavett. And more. 

We look at Congress and the midterms. Whose vision wins?  Whose record? Should the Democrats be fired?  Should the GOP be hired?

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Rep. John Carter (R-TX). He’s served Texas’ 31th District since 2002. He’s the House Republican Conference Secretary and sits on the House Appropriations Committee.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). He’s serverd Maryland’s 8th District since 2002. He’s chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and sits on the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Norman Ornstein, longtime Congressional observer and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. His books include “The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track.”

Dick Cavett, New York Times “Opinionator” columnist and longtime televsion personality and host of “The Dick Cavett Show.”

Andrew Klavan, conservative author and Hollywood screenwriter of psychological thrillers. Two of his books have been adapted into motion pictures: “True Crime” (directed by and starring Clint Eastwood) and “Don’t Say A Word” (starring Michael Douglas). He is also author of “Empire of Lies” and the forthcoming novel, “The Identity Man.”

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