No matter how many House and Senate seats each party wins in the midterm elections, there will be politicans and pundits who try to spin the outcome as a victory for liberal values over conservative values. Below we have set side by side the actual words of a Republican and a Democrat each running in one of this year’s most hotly contest House races. See if you can guess which candidate belongs to which party. The answers are posted below the chart.
|CANDIDATE A||CANDIDATE B|
|“While I keep an open mind regarding proposed gun control legislation, I am very concerned about the use of firearms and believe there must be some regulations on their purchase and use.”||“I strongly support the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, which clearly states that ‘the right of the people to keep and bear arms’ shall not be infringed. … I will always support the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms, to hunt and to protect their life and property.”|
|“I would like to see abortion remain safe and legal, yet rare.”||“I believe that all life is sacred.” “I’m pro-life … so I hope it’s part of the platform. Someone needs to lead.”|
|“I believe we should open our doors to more legal immigrants and allow them guest-worker privileges and the opportunity to study here … The hard issue is how to deal with the 13 million immigrants who have come here illegally. The fact is we are not going to send them home because it would not be practical or humane. I believe we should allow these immigrants to stay and work here legally, but not put them on a path to citizenship.”||“Illegal immigration costs American taxpayers approximately $70 billion a year in financial assistance for welfare benefits, health care, education and domestic crime-fighting … We must increase the resources and funding available to the Border Patrol so more agents can be hired and more patrols conducted to keep people from illegally entering our country. We must also hold companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants responsible for their actions. By offering employment to those who have illegally entered the country, these companies are only encouraging more illegal immigration. While I understand the reasons that prompt some to illegally enter the United States and that America is a nation built by immigrants, I do not support granting amnesty to people who have broken the law.”|
|“I believe that the power of eminent domain is a necessary tool for local governments, but it is also a power that must be used rarely and as a last resort. It seems to me the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Takings Clause of the 5th Amendment in the Kelo case was too broad a reading.”||“I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision in the Kelo case, and I will never support using eminent domain to take away any individual’s private property for the benefit of another individual or corporation.”|
|“We should be able to tell the American people what kind of timeline we can have to begin to draw down our troops.” “I think Donald Rumsfeld needs to step down.”||“The long-term stability of Iraq and its government is vital to our national security and the security of all other nations. We cannot leave a political vacuum in Iraq and threaten to further destabilize the entire region … We must win this war and get our troops home.”|
Candidate A is Rep. Chris Shays, a Republican running for re-election in Connecticut’s 4th District.
Candidate B is Heath Shuler, the former Washington Redskins quarterback, running as a Democrat against Republican Rep. Charles Taylor in North Carolina’s 11th District.