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Nov 5

Past Event

2014 Midterm Election Preview: One Year Out

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  • An Inflection Point in Obama's Presidency

    Elaine Kamarck: The management problems with the Affordable Care Act are looming so large, that if they are not fixed quickly, President Obama’s approval ratings could go down and stay down, making it difficult to make progress on the president’s agenda in the second half of his final term.

    Elaine Kamarck

  • Obama Needs to Lay Out a Vision of Policy for Electoral Gain

    John Hudak: If President Obama wants to help the Democratic races, he has to start raising money. The president has to lay out a vision of policy that doesn’t just reflect his policy demands, but an overall strategy for electoral gain.

    John Hudak

  • Campaign Money Is a Commodity

    Charles E. Cook, Jr., The Cook Political Report: I don't pay attention to campaign finance decisions anymore. Until the Supreme Court changes the definition of spending as a form of speech, or a constitutional amendment, there's not going to be any change.

  • Obama’s Approval Rating Won’t Drop as Low as Bush's

    Robert Boatright, Clark University: To put the Obama and Bush comparison in perspective, healthcare lacks the imagery the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina did. President Bush bottomed out around the upper twentieth percentile while Obama’s floor is in the fortieth percentile and probably won't drop much lower.

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November 5 will mark one year until the 2014 midterm Congressional elections. Given the narrow margins of majorities in both houses of Congress, the elections will determine the direction of policymaking and the political environment for the remainder of the Obama presidency.As next November draws near, key questions must be answered: What does the landscape look like one year out from Election Day 2014? How has a threat of default and an extended government shutdown changed the midterm election calculus? How might the midterms affect upcoming fiscal battles?

On November 5, the Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings hosted an event to discuss the lead up to and the impact of the upcoming midterm Congressional elections. What will the primaries foreshadow for the general election? What can the two parties do to improve their chances of holding or gaining legislative majorities? A panel of experts sought to provide answers to these questions and preview what will be a year of contentious political battles.

Join the conversation on Twitter at #2014midterms.

Event Agenda


November 5, 2013

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.


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