November 8th, 2010
05:15 PM ET

Republicans signal a hard-line stance after election success

Tom Cohen

Washington (CNN) - A post-mortem Sunday of the mid-term elections provided little evidence that Democrats and Republicans will work together to address major issues such as deficit reduction any better than they have in recent years.

Republicans interviewed on talk shows promised congressional investigations, an all-out effort to repeal health care reform, and steadfast opposition to any form of higher taxes.

Democrats, meanwhile, said the losses they suffered in the congressional elections reflected voter dissatisfaction with lingering high unemployment in the slow recovery from economic recession, rather than an outright repudiation of their policies.

Republicans won more than 60 seats formerly held by Democrats to take majority control of the House, and also narrowed the Democratic majority in the Senate, while winning the lion's share of governors' races around the country.

When asked what they would do with their greater power, GOP legislators offered a hard-line agenda that left little room for middle-ground compromise.

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  1. Joe

    I am not liking what I hear the new politicans saying how they are going to fix it. As far as I can tell what they want to do is cut Government spending, which is great to me but, they have not said how jobs are going to be made and how our cost of living is going to be reduced. It is very disgusting having to decide about buying food or paying the heating bill. Wall street,the big CEO's, and banks have nearly bankrupt their bottom line hardest workers that made their companies. Middle class is now lower class.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  2. Joel Herrera

    I am very critical about this new republican congress and concerned about the influence the tea party has on the GOP. Many times they have said that they want to balance the budget and have concerns about the deficit. Yet many of their views and concerns seem to be out of touch when facing reality. Small goevernment is not possible becasue people are always looking for the governemtn for help.

    And what worries me the most is their darwinism ideology and the fallicies surrounding government benifits. They have no ideas about what they want to cut especially since people in the tea party movement are collecting benifits. My real concern about this congress is that nothing is going to get down and they are only focusing on gettign rid of Obama and putting their own agendas rather than actually helping amaricans.

    November 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The Republicans will implode.

    November 9, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  4. rita

    I thought the republicans were going to focus on jobs, jobs not distractions which will not feed or pay any ones bills. what a joke.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:36 am |
  5. David M

    So, now the party of no has more power to say no? Great. Even less will get done. They think of their own power first, not the country. (Both sides are guilty of that). Traitors.

    November 8, 2010 at 9:33 pm |
  6. Lori

    The republican party needs to get a grip, instead of talking trash about starting investigations and beating a dead horse when it comes to health care they need to get to work and get something done instead of basically promising more gridlock. It sounds to me like most of them are there for the power and not there because they really want to make a difference and help the American people.

    November 8, 2010 at 8:12 pm |