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Can Republicans expand their reach in blue states? Oregon Senate race provides a test.
Washington Post ^ | 06/02/2014 | Philip Rucker

Posted on 06/02/2014 2:13:14 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

PORTLAND, Ore. — To Republicans, the Senate race in this solidly Democratic state presents an alluring opportunity. Oregon’s health insurance exchange has been one of the country’s most troubled. President Obama’s approval rating has fallen below 50 percent. Sen. Jeff Merkley, a liberal Democrat first elected on Obama’s coattails in 2008, is not terribly well known.

And in Monica Wehby, Republicans have a fresh-faced, female challenger who they believe matches the moment: a pediatric neurosurgeon and political outsider who rails against the Affordable Care Act but is relatively moderate on social issues.

Republicans don’t need Oregon in order to win back the Senate this year. But they do need to make inroads in blue states such as this one to compete for the White House in 2016. To expand its reach beyond older white men in the Deep South and the Midwest, the GOP must persuade voters to switch sides for candidates like Wehby.

“Unless we conservatives learn how to compete and start winning in swing and blue states, we will never govern America,” said Mike Murphy, a veteran Republican strategist.

Mathematically, Republicans can pick up the six seats they need to gain control of the Senate by winning only in states that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried in 2012. Still, they are trying to expand the playing field to include seven states Obama won: Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oregon and Virginia.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; elections; monicawehby; or2014; oregon
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1 posted on 06/02/2014 2:13:14 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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relatively moderate on social issues.

Is that GOP-E code for pro-abortion gun grabber?

/johnny

2 posted on 06/02/2014 2:18:47 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SeekAndFind

Folks, we need to crawl before we run.

If we get an R irrespective of lightness, elected in Oregon, our country has a hint of a chance.

The perfect is the enemy of the good. Had people realized that we would have won the WH in 2012 and obozocare would be a skidmark.


3 posted on 06/02/2014 2:20:22 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (AGW "Scientific method:" Draw your lines first, then plot your points)
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To: JRandomFreeper

>>Is that GOP-E code for pro-abortion gun grabber?<<

Better, an obozocare supporting communist win the seat.

Much better.

Look how that is working in NYC. Freaking wonderful.


4 posted on 06/02/2014 2:21:36 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (AGW "Scientific method:" Draw your lines first, then plot your points)
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To: freedumb2003
Is abortion and gun control part of the Republican party platform now?

/johnny

5 posted on 06/02/2014 2:21:39 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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RE: relatively moderate on social issues.

Is that GOP-E code for pro-abortion gun grabber?

_________________________________________

Monica Wehby on the issues

http://www.ontheissues.org/senate/Monica_Wehby.htm

* Abortion is a personal choice. (Mar 2014)

* Protect all constitutional rights, especially 2nd Amendment.


6 posted on 06/02/2014 2:22:42 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: freedumb2003
She supports Obamacare. And amnesty. And abortion.

/johnny

7 posted on 06/02/2014 2:24:55 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: freedumb2003

oregon is not mississippi. better to have wehby in the senate than merkley. don’t forget, gordon smith won twice in oregon, so there’s at least a chance


8 posted on 06/02/2014 2:25:01 PM PDT by ghost of stonewall jackson (An amateur built the Ark; professionals built the Titanic)
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To: SeekAndFind
Abortion isn't a personal choice, it's murder.

She supports amnesty, too.

Glad to see she supports the 2nd. I wonder if she means it?

/johnny

9 posted on 06/02/2014 2:26:14 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: freedumb2003

>>If we get an R irrespective of lightness, elected in Oregon, our country has a hint of a chance

Such as when we had Packwood?


10 posted on 06/02/2014 2:26:22 PM PDT by Lisbon1940
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To: JRandomFreeper

>>She supports Obamacare. And amnesty. And abortion.<<

It is spelled O R E G O N.

But you purists would rather give the seats to the extreme leftists rather than taint your purity.

Thanks for 2012 and obozocare. Good work.


11 posted on 06/02/2014 2:27:42 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (AGW "Scientific method:" Draw your lines first, then plot your points)
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To: JRandomFreeper

“She supports Obamacare”

That’s not what this says:

http://www.ontheissues.org/senate/Monica_Wehby.htm


12 posted on 06/02/2014 2:29:31 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: freedumb2003
So you support Obamacare, amnesty, and abortion? You must, if you support her.

Are socialized medicine, amnesty and abortion part of the Republican party platform now?

/johnny

13 posted on 06/02/2014 2:29:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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RE: She supports amnesty, too.

Not sure about that.

Monica Wehby on immigration...

* Secure the border but increase H1B visas & guest workers. (Mar 2014)

SOURCE: http://www.ontheissues.org/International/Monica_Wehby_Immigration.htm

Dr. Monica Wehby believes that before we make any reforms to our immigration system that we must secure the border.

Border security must be the immediate priority. Monica is also against amnesty for those who came here illegally. That simply isn’t fair to the people who came here through the proper channels.

Dr. Monica Wehby also believes that we need to increase the amount of H1B visas for skilled workers. It doesn’t make any sense to train and educate these workers in the U.S. and then force them to take the skills they learned here to another country.

Dr. Monica Wehby also believes we should work with Oregon’s agriculturists to develop a temporary guest worker program that works.


14 posted on 06/02/2014 2:29:38 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: catnipman
She said that obamacare can't be repealed.

She's been pretty two-faced on a lot of her positions. Like she a liar, or something.

/johnny

15 posted on 06/02/2014 2:30:44 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SeekAndFind
She's said a lot of conflicting things. Huffpo spoke pretty glowingly of her.

/johnny

16 posted on 06/02/2014 2:32:46 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SeekAndFind

We’ve got a decent candidate in the race for Carl Levin’s seat. She seems to be staying one step ahead of the democrats on the issues as well. Perfect timing with this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgmOOimCym4


17 posted on 06/02/2014 2:32:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

>>So you support Obamacare, amnesty, and abortion? You must, if you support her.
Are socialized medicine, amnesty and abortion part of the Republican party platform now?<<

None of those things.

But, in endorsing her opposition, you support all that AND pure Communism. Much better. If there is a viable candidate in that race who meets your purity test (which Reagan would have failed), by all means tell us his/her name.

You have to crawl before you walk, much less run. It is better to win the seat with someone who is .00001% to the right of the other candidate. But that thinking is for people who can discern.

Did I thank you for obozocare? Thanks again.


18 posted on 06/02/2014 2:33:44 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (AGW "Scientific method:" Draw your lines first, then plot your points)
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To: SeekAndFind

>>Not sure about that.<<

it is pointless to argue with purists.

They would rather concede a seat to the extreme left than endorse a candidate who fall short of the Conservative Purity Test (which Reagan could never pass).

That thinking led to the disaster in 2008 and resulted in the wreckage of 2012.

So long as Purity runs Conservative thinking AFTER the primaries, we will be dominated by leftists communists.

Because the super evil is better than the hold-your-nose not so bad.


19 posted on 06/02/2014 2:38:18 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (AGW "Scientific method:" Draw your lines first, then plot your points)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is the one who was accused of stalking ex-boyfriends?


20 posted on 06/02/2014 2:40:30 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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RE: This is the one who was accused of stalking ex-boyfriends?

ONE ex-boyfriend ( don’t know what you use the plural ).

The story, first reported by Politico early Friday morning, revealed that timber executive Andrew Miller in April of 2013 had called police after Wehby had made several unwanted visits to his home after he had broken up with her. He accused her of “stalking” him and “harassing” his employees and said he would get a stalking order against Wehby, which he didn’t do.

Miller, who later helped Wehby on her campaign, told Politico that he now regrets calling police, and Wehby said in a statement that there “really wasn’t much” to the story.

But the Politico story rocketed around the web and was picked up by news outlets around Oregon as well as the rest of the country.

So, there you go...


21 posted on 06/02/2014 2:44:55 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: freedumb2003

http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2014/05/jason_conger_and_monica_wehby_1.html

She’s pro-choice (pro-abortion) and is fine with homosexual “marriage”.


22 posted on 06/02/2014 2:45:10 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: freedumb2003
And you GOP-E losers wonder why you can't win elections. If you won't hold your candidates to your party platform, what use are you?

/johnny

23 posted on 06/02/2014 2:47:05 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: freedumb2003
in endorsing her opposition

I didn't endorse her opposition. It is possible to be opposed to all parties in a particular race.

/johnny

24 posted on 06/02/2014 2:54:00 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought it said Dr. Marcus Welby until I saw her picture.


25 posted on 06/02/2014 2:56:46 PM PDT by certrtwngnut (y)
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Well some supposedly stalwart conservative Congress Critters support ObamaCare and Amnesty and do not vote to defund Planned Parenthood. Not much difference I guess.
26 posted on 06/02/2014 3:38:46 PM PDT by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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Then they need to go.

/johnny

27 posted on 06/02/2014 3:40:26 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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>I

That is a BIG TIME ERROR, LIE, MISTATEMENT, SLANDER OR ALL OF THE ABOVE.

28 posted on 06/02/2014 3:51:24 PM PDT by staytrue
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She supports Obamacare.

That is a BIG TIME ERROR, LIE, MISTATEMENT, SLANDER OR ALL OF THE ABOVE.

29 posted on 06/02/2014 3:54:25 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: staytrue
She claims that abortion is a private matter, when it is murder.

She said that repealing Obamacare is 'unrealistic'.

She's made conflicting statements on amnesty but it looks like she wants to let the invaders stay.

/johnny

30 posted on 06/02/2014 3:55:37 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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“She said that repealing Obamacare is ‘unrealistic’.”

YOU DISGUST ME. YOU TAKE A FEW WORDS OUT OF CONTEXT.

WHAT SHE SAID WAS

“Wehby was specifically asked if she would repeal Obamacare if elected.

‘That’s not politically viable at this point,’ Wehby answered. ‘We can’t get it repealed with Obama in office.”


31 posted on 06/02/2014 4:02:47 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: staytrue
She's got her own version of socialized medicine she wants to substitute.

/johnny

32 posted on 06/02/2014 4:06:35 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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I’d rather see quotes that substantiate those claims. I don’t trust someone else’s synopsis of what a candidate has said.


33 posted on 06/02/2014 4:07:22 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To all those who say having Wehby in office would be better than some Dem, tell me why? What's the difference between an self-acknowledged Liberal and a RINO who will support the Liberal agenda while at the same time attacking her truly Conservative brethren?

It's happened before and, given some of Wehby's positions, could happen again. You wanna risk it, go ahead. I don't.

34 posted on 06/02/2014 4:08:24 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: JRandomFreeper; Salvation

She is a lightweight who will be destroyed in a debate with Merkley (d). The Salem, Oregon liberal (Gannett) newspaper wouldn’t endorse her against her conservative opponent, saying she was surprisingly ignorant on issues other than health care. Looking at her website shows no depth of knowledge on the issues. We had a good candidate, but the Republican power machine gave us a bad candidate.


35 posted on 06/02/2014 4:09:27 PM PDT by aimhigh (1 John 3:23)
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“She’s got her own version of socialized medicine she wants to substitute.”

Then quit lying and saying she supports Obamacare, WHICH SHE DOES NOT.


36 posted on 06/02/2014 4:10:50 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: aimhigh
That's what the GOP-E does... That's why they must be destroyed.

/johnny

37 posted on 06/02/2014 4:11:05 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: staytrue
It's close enough to supporting Obamacare. Socialized medicine is socialized medicine even when a republican (Romney) does it.

/johnny

38 posted on 06/02/2014 4:12:15 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Robwin
That's why every republican that is for abortion and gun control and socialized medicine, and amnesty and bigger government must be utterly destroyed in the general election.

Eventually, even the GOP-E will figure out that running a liberal is a political kiss of death.

/johnny

39 posted on 06/02/2014 4:18:41 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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She’s pro-choice (pro-abortion) and is fine with homosexual “marriage”.

**************

The question becomes at this stage do you dump her and support the democrat,
Libertarian, Independent or the unaffiliated candidate. That is where we are
at this stage in the Oregon process. It is one of them as the primary is passed.


40 posted on 06/02/2014 4:20:03 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport
The other choice that you left out, is of course, to support none of them, and tell them to all go to hell.

/johnny

41 posted on 06/02/2014 4:27:07 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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support none of them, and tell them to all go to hell.

***********

Yep that choice is guaranteed not to get any possible improvement or a vote
or two along the way with the other GOP senators that just might block some of
the democrat’s agenda. I’ll leave telling them to go to hell in God’s hands.


42 posted on 06/02/2014 4:32:18 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport
You can't win 'em all. Sometimes you have to regroup and come at 'em again.

Problem with your theory is that liberal republicans advance the democrat agenda. Like John Cornyn providing that critical cloture vote so Harry Reid could remove the debt limit.

Best to rid one party of it's liberals, and it's easier to do that to the republicans.

/johnny

43 posted on 06/02/2014 4:35:59 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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Sorry to tell you, but everyone is for some form of socialized medicine.

INSURANCE OF ANY KIND IS SOCIALIZED MEDICINE.

You get sick, and everyone in your insurance group pays.

What makes Obamacare unique is that insurance is mandatory.

Wehby supports insurance, does not support Obamacare.

I’ll even bet that Jim Robinson and YOU support insurance AKA SOCIALIZED MEDICINE.


44 posted on 06/02/2014 4:39:03 PM PDT by staytrue
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Nope. You ain't too bright.

Socialized medicine is group insurance with a government gun to your head, taking the premiums, with no choice.

Insurance, freely entered into, and which can be dropped, is free market.

See the difference?

/johnny

45 posted on 06/02/2014 4:42:16 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

The ballot is set for Nov. 4, 2014. The choice of a different candidate passed on
May 20, 2014 with their primary.

One of the following will represent Oregon in the Senate come Jan. 2015:

Merkley - Democrat
Wehby - Republican
Montchalin - Libertarian
Sannes - Independent
King - Unaffiliated

I’ll take a GOP in order to maybe get control of the Senate and be able to set some
of the agenda. It’s damned certain with the democrats in charge they will set the agenda.


46 posted on 06/02/2014 4:49:15 PM PDT by deport
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It's history that the republican leadership has supported Harry Reid's agenda in the Senate.

I'm not sure I care if the republicans have a majority in the senate. They never have done much conservative with it when they had it.

/johnny

47 posted on 06/02/2014 4:52:24 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Your choice, my choice.

Take care.


48 posted on 06/02/2014 4:56:12 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport
Yep. You take care, too.

/johnny

49 posted on 06/02/2014 4:58:20 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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“It’s history that the republican leadership has supported Harry Reid’s agenda in the Senate.”

Let’s see you prove that lie.

State Reid’s agenda and then show the republican votes for it.


50 posted on 06/02/2014 5:15:45 PM PDT by staytrue
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