Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have “energized our base across the country with people who recognize that we can’t thrive as a nation without balancing the budget,” Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, tells Newsmax TV.
“When Mitt Romney was seen in terms that people did not know enough about him, where they could make a strong decision, there were a huge number of undecided voters,” Sessions, a member of the House Tea Party Caucus, tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview. “Once Mitt Romney went out and sold who he is, what he would do, and how he would be a results-oriented candidate, we saw that our numbers improved across the board.”
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This surge has also benefitted many GOP candidates in state House races — and Sessions expects Republicans to pick up as many as seven new seats on Nov. 6, extending its majority even further.
In particular, Sessions is following races in Massachusetts’ 6th District, where Richard Tisei is facing incumbent Democrat John Tierney; in Illinois’ 12th District, where Jason Plummer is up against Democratic newcomer Bill Enyart after the retirement of Democratic Rep. Jerry Costello; and in California’s 9th District, where Ricky Gill is facing Democratic incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney.
“All three of these Republican candidates are running for what really are Democrat seats but with ideas about making our country stronger — growing jobs,” Sessions said. These will be three key indicators of really how well our messaging and how our party will do.”
And the message, he said, is “about whether we are going to have an agenda about job creation and about getting the federal government out of the way and letting the free enterprise system operate.
“That has to do with a number of factors. First of all, it has a whole lot to do with bills that are passed that create incentives for employers. What’s the first one? To repeal Obamacare. Under Obamacare, there will be a net 800,000 jobs that will be lost next year alone as we go to implementation of Obamacare. That must be repealed and replaced with common sense market-based policies.
“We have a huge tax increase that is directly in front of us,” Sessions continued. “All three of the Democrats that these candidates are running against are for supporting what would be President Obama’s agenda about raising taxes on job creators.
“And, we have to allow people in the states to make their own decisions, to get government agencies out of the way and let local people make decisions about what’s best for them.”
The clearest example of the latter, Sessions said, was TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline project. The pipeline would carry crude from Canada and from the Bakken oilfields in North Dakota and Montana to Texas refineries.
The Obama administration put the project on hold in January after four years of environmental reviews and months of high-profile protests from environmental groups.
“Once the decision was made that we should be allowed to have this pipeline across an international boundary, the rest should be left up to states – and all three of these gentlemen believe that we need the states to have the authority and the responsibility to be successful.”
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