Congress Gearing Up for Midterm Elections

Lawmakers are headed back to Washington to wind up work before the midterm elections.

For incumbents, it's a last chance to get in good with voters.

Both parties are fighting not only for votes, but control of Congress - the political high ground before the next presidential race.

For President Bush, the topic on this Labor Day was competition.

President Bush says, "Things are going okay now, but what about five years from now, what will the world look like?"

He was talking about global business, but might as well have been talking about U.S. Politics.

Craig Crawford with Congressional Quarterly says, "Republicans have never been in this bad of shape since they took control they're down for the count, but I don't count them out."

Republicans are banking on proven vote-getters like national security, which is an issue Democrats are trying to wrestle away.

Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) says, "The president's the leader in the war on terror and should be asking for more"

Democrats are also hitting hard on the war.

In a letter to the president, party leaders wrote, "We urge you once again to consider changes to your Iraq policy."

They're asking the president to shift U.S. troops out of harm's way and fire Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

The War in Iraq and the War on Terror are figuring big in tight races especially the Pennsylvania Senate matchup between Republican Rick Santorum, a staunch Bush supporter and his Democratic challenger Bob Casey.

Democrats have called on the president before to rethink his Iraq policy.

But this time leaders are doing it as a group. It’s all part of an effort for the party to become united.

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