United States midterms: The themes that motivate voters

Media more to blame for dividing US than Trump new poll suggests

Reuters Eric Thayer

Mr Trump's campaign stops were aimed at bolstering Republicans challenging incumbent Democratic senators in West Virginia and in, states he won in the 2016 presidential election.

On Monday, Trump announced the deployment of thousands of active-duty troops to the Southwest border.

It includes scenes of a migrant caravan moving towards America, warning: "Who else would Democrats let in?" and suggesting that more violence would soon penetrate the border. And on Thursday, Trump called for new limits on asylum claims.

President Donald Trump during his campaign rally in West Virginia admitted that Democrats could take the House. "The promise is Trump will have an easy foil to run against: Pelosi and Democratic leadership". In addition to all 435 House seats and 35 Senate seats on the ballot, there are 36 races for governor. Polling outfit, fivethirtyeight.com, gives them a 78% chance at least.

"More Americans are working right now today than have ever worked in this country before", Trump said. "He's a very successful businessman and a patriot who will fight every single day of his life for the people of Indiana". The most likely scenario is a split Congress: Democrats take charge of the House and Republicans retain the Senate. He imposed a travel ban on immigrants from mainly Muslim countries, as well as North Korea and Venezuela. Trump asked, to which the crowd yelled an answer: "Build the wall!" Republicans have turned out in midterms in recent years while Democrats tended to stay at home.

O'Rourke, a three-term congressman and former member of a punk band, is drawing enthusiastic support from many urban dwellers in Texas while Cruz does better in conservative rural areas.

Talbert said she was glad that Manchin was the sole Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh, but that it didn't persuade her to vote for him.

But such a deal - border wall funding for protecting Dreamers from deportation - has failed once before. "I like that. Nothing like simplicity", Mr Trump told supporters in Belgrade, Montana.

Where the White House is concerned, one source close to the House Oversight Committee said Democrats want to pressure the president to beef up surveillance bodies that are tasked with overseeing the intelligence community, like the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

There's one thing activists on both sides of the immigration debate agree on: It's hard to predict Trump.

"Is the president going to be in a state of mind to actually want to reach a compromise?"

Republican Strategist and TV news personality Ford O'Connell, however, said that while historical precedent is in Democrats' favor, "the only question here is whether the Republicans in the House can minimize their losses and hold onto the House by a sliver".

With the president having thrown in with immigration hard-liners, some predict a further stalemate in Congress over any immigration legislation.

He has also highlighted his connection to the state and experiences in running a small printing shop during his campaign as well. She served as domestic policy director in the Obama administration.

The U.S. constitution has set up a system of checks and balances by vesting power in the President and the executive, the legislature (Congress), and the judiciary.

Trump came to IN to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun, a former state representative and businessman who is putting up a stiff challenge to Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly.

But even immigration restrictionists say much would depend on the margin of victory by various Republicans.

Condemned as racist, it was used in 1988 against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, who supported the furlough programme when he was governor of MA.

"So one side could increase their strength within the caucus, but only if they win a larger share of the seats up for grabs", he said. Ojeda, who voted for Trump in 2016, initially responded by embracing the label, releasing a video in which he said, "If I'm insane. because it's hard for me to sleep at night knowing that we got kids who go to bed hungry, then I'll be insane wacky".

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